100 Years Ago: Early Registration, Girls Sought for Farm Work, Canners Need More Employees, Trainmen Instructed in Handling Explosives

The Intelligencer June 19, 1918 (page 1)

“Register Now And Avoid Last Minute Rush On Saturday. Saturday is Market Day and the city will be filled with citizens of the rural districts who will seek to take advantage of the facilities here to register, as they are quite entitled to. If the city people do not register before Saturday there promises to be a rush which will keep people standing in line for hours.

Opportunities for registering now are available at the City Hall, Y. M. C. A. and Corby Library. Register now and save a long wait Saturday.”

The Intelligencer June 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Mobilization of Girls. Miss M. C. Straith, District Secretary of the Women’s Farm Department, Ontario Government, is a guest at the Quinte to-day and will be here until tomorrow morning seeking girls willing to do national service by working at mixed farming.

There is a great demand for farmerettes with some all-round experience and considerable difficulty is experienced in supplying girls to meet the demand, said Miss Straith to an Intelligencer representative this morning, and she would be glad to meet a number of young ladies residing in Belleville, who are not serving the nation in any useful capacity at present. Girls for fruit and vegetable work are also needed.”

The Intelligencer June 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Instructed in Handling Explosives. Many trainmen employed on the G. T. R., C. P. R., and C. N. R. in this district, last evening assembled at the Y.M.C.A. building here for the purpose of being instructed in Safety First in regard to the handling of explosives.

Mr. A. H. McMullen, whose headquarters are in Toronto, and who is a railway expert in the handling of explosives, was present and instructed his hearers in regard to this important branch of railway life. The address was of an instructive and beneficial nature.”