100 Years Ago: Spanish Flu Spreading Westward, Toronto Motormen Wanted, Ontario Emergency Volunteer Auxiliary to Recruit Nurses for Epidemic, Called by Death: Alfred Barriage, Poster for Volunteer Nurses, Poster for Construction Workers at Mohawk and Rathbun Camps

The Intelligencer October 16, 1918 (page 1)

“Spanish Influenza Is Now Spreading To Western Canada. Toronto. Indications that the epidemic of Spanish influenza in Canada is passing westward appeared to-day in despatches from various parts of the country. From Quebec and the Maritime Provinces where the disease first reached its height as far as Canada is concerned, reports came today to the effect that conditions are improving.

In Montreal and Toronto and other Ontario cities, the death rate continues heavy, but it has not increased during the past few days and the medical health authorities are hopeful that with the continuance of fine weather the disease may be checked.”

The Intelligencer October 16, 1918 (page 3)

“Motormen and Conductors Wanted. Steady positions. Ten Days’ Training. New men earn an average of $90. per month. Others make from $70. To $110. per month.

The war will soon be over. Make preparation for the future.

The Toronto Railway Company, 165 Front Street East, Toronto.”

The Intelligencer October 16, 1918 (page 4)

Poster for volunteer nurses“Volunteer Army To Fight Epidemic. ‘The Ontario Emergency Volunteer Auxiliary,’ an organization that through branches in all parts of the province will endeavor to cope with the influenza epidemic, is one result of the conference of interested bodies held at the Parliament Buildings yesterday morning.

The Voluntary Auxiliary will at once begin to recruit volunteer nurses who will act as assistants to professionals or, with such training as can be given them, be sent into private homes to take care of the sick. These volunteers will be given a badge bearing the name of the association and the letters S.O.S. (Sisters of Service). Direction will be given to their work by a series of three lectures to be given on Tuesday and Wednesday dealing with the care of influenza patients. These lectures will be recorded in full and placed at the disposal of the volunteers.

Following the organization of the association yesterday telegraphic reports of the action taken were sent to the authorities of cities and towns in Ontario where the disease has put in appearance. These places will be encouraged to form local branches at once to recruit volunteer nurses and copies of the lectures will be sent to them by wire.”

The Intelligencer October 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Called by Death: Alfred Barriage. At an early hour this morning Alfred Barriage, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Barriage, of this city, passed away after a few days’ illness. Deceased was 19 years of age and was born at Bath. He was a machinist and had been employed at Marsh and Henthorne’s plant. He was a member of St. Michael’s Church and a young man who had many friends. In addition to the parents five brothers and three sisters survive. The brothers are Leo, Harold, Kenneth, Gerald and James and the sisters are Emma, Mary and Kathleen.”

The Intelligencer October 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Ontario Emergency Volunteer Health Auxiliary. Wanted, Volunteers!

The Provincial Board of Health, with the authority of the Government of Ontario, has organized an ‘Ontario Emergency Volunteer Health Auxiliary’ for the purpose of training and supplying nursing help to be utilized wherever needed in combatting the Influenza outbreak.

The Volunteer Nurses will wear the officially authorized badge ‘Ontario S.O.S.’ (Sisters of Service). This ‘S.O.S.’ call may be urgent.

Young women of education are urged to avail themselves of this unique opportunity to be of real service to the community. If they are not needed, so much the better. If they are needed, we hope to have them ready.

All towns and cities are urged to organize and prepare in a similar manner.”

The Intelligencer October 16, 1918 (page 6)

“Imperial Munitions Board. Wanted—For construction work, Mohawk and Rathbun camps.

Steamfitters—Union wages; Sunday work; board six dollars per week. Fare refunded after 3 weeks.

Laborers—Wages 40 cents; Sunday work time and a half; board six dollars a week. Free fare after 3 weeks.

Labor Foremen—Three good labor foremen wanted. Wages 60 cents.

Apply to Westropp Armstrong, Resident Engineer, Deseronto.”