100 Years Ago: Belleville Mail Carriers May Strike, Letter from Walter Morris, Women’s Home League

The Intelligencer July 24, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville Mail Carriers May Go On Strike. Belleville mail carriers may follow the example of fellow carriers in Toronto and other cities and go out on strike. After the delivery of this morning’s mail a meeting of the carriers was held and the unanimous opinion was in favor of a strike tomorrow morning if the matter is not settled.”

The Intelligencer July 24, 1918 (page 2)

“Mrs. T. Morris, 94 Station St., Belleville, received the following letter from her son: France, June 27, 1918. Dear Mother and Father,—Just a line to say that I am well. Hope you at home are the same. I haven’t yet received this week’s letter so haven’t much to say until I do. We are having pretty fair weather here lately. When I get your parcel and J. Cocklyn’s I will let you know immediately.

The Belleville boys in my Company got a pair of knitted socks from the knitting circle yesterday—all but me again. I never bothered to tell you that before I was never among the list to get anything from Belleville. They all got 2 and 3 parcels donated by Belleville and Ontario at Xmas but I never got anything only what I got from you. I don’t mind though but it seems rotten to live in Belleville and come over with the boys from there and be left out like that but I hate to complain. I am none the worse for it but you can understand what I mean.

Well, you will have heard about the big Italian victory. We received it with joy. I expect mail from you in a few days …  so for now I will close. I remain, Your affectionate son, Walter. No. 636568, 10th Platt., 3rd Co. Canadians, France.”

The Intelligencer July 24, 1918 (page 5)

“Women’s Home League. The Women’s Home League of the Salvation Army, was addressed by Mrs. Major (Dr.) McCall. The ladies are busy preparing for a further special effort on behalf of the boys ‘over there.’ The next sale of work will be held in the Citadel on August 21st. All are planning to have a big display. Adjt. Trickey read some additional letters from those who have received comforts recently.”