100 Years Ago: Civic Celebration Tonight, Woman Drives Ice Wagon, Myrehall Red Cross Shipment, Captain Ketterson Returns

The Intelligencer August 12, 1918 (page 1)

“Civic Joy Celebration To-Night For Great Allied Victories. There will be a hot time in the old town tonight and a more or less faithful representation of the fate deserved by the Kaiser will be given on the Market Square where his super-Satanic Lese Majeste will be burned in effigy.

At a meeting of the City Council this morning presided over by Mayor Platt, arrangements were completed for the civic joy celebration tonight to fittingly express the jubilation of the citizens over the recent great allied victories which have changed the whole aspect of the war and are bright with promise of early and decisive triumph for the armies battling for the freedom of the world.

A parade will be held, starting from the Market Square at 7.45, led by the 15th Regimental Band and Pipe Band, and participated in by the Great War Veterans and citizens generally. Church bells and factory whistles will sound from 7.45 to 8 o’clock.

Citizens owning automobiles are requested to turn out and join in the parade, which will form at Market Square at 7.45 and proceed along Front street to the Upper Bridge, returning to Dundas and thence back to Market Square, where the Kaiser’s effigy will be cremated.

Brief speeches will be given by Mayor Platt, ex-Mayor Ketcheson, Col. O’Flynn and others. It is desirable that the parade be made as large and imposing as possible, hence every available motor car should be in line.”

The Intelligencer August 12, 1918 (page 5)

“ ‘Ged-Dap!’ ‘Whoa!’ Women are stepping into the place of men and making good in many industries, and this morning a woman was observed driving an ice wagon thus releasing a man for the army food production or munition work.”

The Intelligencer August 12, 1918 (page 5)

“Shipment for Overseas. The Myrehall Red Cross met at the home of Mr. Fred Coulter on August 8th, nineteen members being present. They sent the following to Foxboro: 19 pairs of socks, 15 day shirts, 18 suits of pyjamas, 2 quilts, $41.60 proceeds of social.”

The Intellligencer August 12, 1918 (page 5)

“On Active Service. Captain Ketterson, who went over with the 80th Battalion as Chaplain, has returned to Canada for recuperation after an arduous time in France. He has been nineteen months at the front and for about eighteen months was Senior Chaplain of a Western Brigade. He has been through the battles of Vimy, Lens, and Passchendaele and says Canada should be proud of her gallant sons, as they certainly have made good upon the battle fields of France and Flanders.

Captain Ketterson is bringing out a book which he has edited, entitled, ‘On Active Service.’ It contains over 700 quotations selected by Canadian officers on active service. Twenty Generals have subscribed to the book, including General Sir Julian Byng, Lt.-Generals Sir Sam Hughes, Sir Richard Turner, Sir Arthur Currie, Major-Generals Sir David Watson, Sir H. Burstall, L. J. Burstall, A. C. McDonnell, Brig-Gens. Ketcheson, Morrison, Radcliffe, Thacker, etc.

The book is dedicated to the gallant Canadian officers and men who have died in the great war. The editor’s profits will be devoted to their widows and orphans.”