100 Years Ago: Spanish Influenza Invades Toronto, Ad for Gillette, George Conboy Wounded, Sacred Concert at Griffin’s Opera House, Another Gasless Sunday, No Spanish Influenza in Belleville

The Intelligencer September 30, 1918 (page 1)

“Spanish ‘Flu’ Invades Toronto. Toronto. The so-called ‘Spanish influenza’ which has been very prevalent in the United States and Eastern Canada for some weeks past, has apparently invaded Toronto in a very mild form. To all appearances hundreds of cases have developed during the past three or four days, but no deaths have been reported from it locally.

While the epidemic is very active throughout the city, it is not severe and this fact is thought to be largely due to the measures which people themselves took to avoid getting it. The largest number of cases which have so far been reported are in the Royal Air Force of which unit about 150 men are in the Base Hospital, no less than fifty being admitted yesterday.”

The Intelligencer September 30, 1918 (page 3)

Ad for Gillette

“For Thrift. To win the war, Money is needed. So that—Thrift is a War Service. Every dollar you save instead of spending thoughtlessly, releases labour in some form—labour sorely needed for war purposes. Thrift is enforced in the use of many things today, such as flour, sugar, and coal, by the simple expedient of limiting the amount one may buy.

But thousands of extravagant habits flourish unchecked, and these are contributory hindrances to an early peace. Such habits are accomplices of the Kaiser. For instance, there is no excuse for a man hiring another man to shave him. It wastes time, money and vital labour. You can shave yourself better with a Gillette Safety Razor in five minutes.

Any jeweler, druggist, or hardware dealer will be glad to show you his assortment of Gillette Razors today. The price is five dollars.

Gillette Safety Razor Co. of Canada Limited.”

The Intelligencer September 30, 1918 (page 5)

“Corbyville Boy Wounded. Mr. Geo. F. Reed, of Corbyville, has received word that Pte. George Conboy, (No. 636107) has been wounded in the right ankle on August 28, on the Arras front. Pte. Conboy left Belleville with the 234th Battalion. He has been admitted to the hospital and is doing nicely.”

The Intelligencer September 30, 1918 (page 5)

“Pleasing Sacred Concert. Griffin’s Opera House was last night filled with an appreciative audience which assembled to hear a sacred concert given by the Fifteenth Regimental Band of this city. A silver collection was taken on behalf of the K. of C. hut campaign and upwards of $80 was realized. Previous to the commencement of the programme Mr. J. Laly, who is Chief Knight of the Belleville branch, gave a brief address, thanking the citizens of Belleville for their generous support towards the campaign just completed, also to those who assisted in the campaign and tag day. The results of the campaign he stated, were most gratifying.

The programme, which was thoroughly enjoyed, consisted of six selections by the band under the capable leadership of Bandmaster F. W. Robinson. Each number was rendered in a most capable manner and demonstrated that in the band the city has a first-class musical organization. …  Every feature of the program was all that could have been desired. The pleasing function was brought to a close by the rendering of the National Anthem.”

The Intelligencer September 30, 1918 (page 5)

“Still Saving Gasoline. The third ‘gasless’ Sunday was well observed in this vicinity yesterday and few cars were seen on the streets of Belleville except those on business.”

The Intelligencer September 30, 1918 (page 5)

“Watching for Spanish ‘Flu.’ While there are a number of cases of influenza in Belleville, under medical treatment, so far as known none of the cases are of the ‘Spanish’ influenza type.”