100 Years Ago: Merchant Sailors’ Dependents Appeal to Canada, Ad for Wrigley’s, Private Albert Edward Flinn Wounded, Memorial Service for Sergt. Charles Lewis White, Memorial Service for Members of Orange Order to Be Held, Ad for Ritchie’s

The Intelligencer August 26, 1918 (page 2)

“Heroic Families Are In Want. When the history of the war comes to be written some of the brightest pages will be found recording the deeds of the Merchant Seamen. Day by day and week by week, in spite of the submarine, the floating mine, and the most destructive devices known to maritime warfare, the merchant men ply the ocean and carry munition supplies and food ‘over there.’

Regardless of every peril 300,000 merchant seamen still ‘carry on’; fifteen thousand of them have already paid the price of their bravery. As members of an unofficial service, governments make provisions for them. Right or wrong, it is a fact that their dependents have no one to look to but a grateful nation.

‘Sailors’ Week’ is a Dominion-wide campaign to raise funds to relieve the distress of these widows and orphans of the sea. Ontario is asked to raise $1,000,000. Give generously, for these men gave their lives for you.”

The Intelligencer August 26, 1918 (page 5)

Advert for Wrigley's gum

“Wrigley’s. Keep Wrigley’s in mind as the longest-lasting confection you can buy. Send it to the boys at the front.

War Time Economy in Sweetmeats—a 5-cent package of Wrigley’s will give you several days’ enjoyment: it’s an investment in benefit as well as pleasure, for it helps teeth, breath, appetite, digestion.

Chew it after every meal. The Flavour Lasts. Sealed tight—Kept right. Made in Canada.”

The Intelligencer August 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. A. E. Flinn Wounded. Pte. A. E. Flinn wounded, enlisted in January, 1915 and went overseas in April of the same year. He is a native of England, and came to Canada six years ago. He has seen much active fighting, having been wounded in the present war in November 1917. Pte. Flinn was formerly a farmer at Belleville. His sister, Miss Mabel Flinn, resides at 639 Euclid Avenue, Toronto.”

The Intelligencer August 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Memorial Service. A very impressive memorial service was held in St. Thomas’ church last evening for  the late Sergt. Chas. Lewis White, killed in action. After the processional hymn ‘How bright these glorious Spirits shine,’ the burial office was solemnly and earnestly recited by the rector, choir and people. The Nunc Dimittis was sung and the Archdeacon delivered a short address. …  ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ and ‘Abide With Me,’ were sung, as favorite hymns of the late soldier, and were rendered with much feeling by the choir and congregation. …

Sergt. White was born in England 29 years ago, and has been a resident of Belleville for years. He was a member of St. Thomas church and a good citizen, respected by all. The widow and two little children are left. Sergt. White spent two years on active service in France, was wounded at the battle of Passchendaele by a bursting shell, but continued to ‘carry on,’ and won the Military Medal for exceptional acts of bravery while himself suffering from wounds.”

[Note: Sergeant Charles Lewis White died on August 8, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 521 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer August 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Memorial Service. The Rev. Brothers Swayne and Geen have been requested to conduct a memorial service in Christ Church on Sunday evening next, 1st September at 7 o’clock, for members of the Orange Order who have given their lives for King and country, in the world war.”

The Intelligencer August 26, 1918 (page 8)

Ad for Ritchie's store

“Ritchie’s. CARRY ON. The spirit that animates the boys in the trenches today is the spirit of ‘Carry On!’ They realize that what was worth doing when they started is still worth doing, and despite their troubles and hardships they intend to see it through.

We at home are urged to practice thrift and economy, and that is good sound advice, but there are other ways to practice thrift and economy besides curtailing expenditure. You can plan to purchase your necessary wearing apparel or commodities for the home in a store that puts quality first and yet always arranges to have its prices as low, if not lower than you will find elsewhere.

The Ritchie Store does that very thing—This Autumn season we are ‘carrying on’ with a more vigorous and progressive store policy than ever before.”