100 Years Ago: Letter of Sympathy for William Woods’s Wife, Poster for Victory Loan, Kenneth Livingstone MacMillan Gassed, Sailors’ Relief Fund, Women Wanted to Help Nurses, Cecil Everett Brown Killed in Action, Called by Death: Mary Winnifred Losee, Keitha Keller, Harry Bolton, Florence Wickett, Clesson John Dickinson, Newbold D. Carter, Esther Newberry, Arthur Eugene Wrightmeyer, Woolworth’s Cancels Sale Due to Flu

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 3)

“Minister of Militia Express Sympathy. Mrs. S. Woods, who resides at 20 Water Street, received the following letter from the Minister of Militia and Defence. It is in connection with the death of her husband, who was killed in action on Sept. 2nd. Ottawa, Oct. 11, 1918.

Dear Mrs. Woods,—I desire to express to you my very sincere sympathy in the recent death of your husband, No. 1027643, Private William Woods, Canadian Expeditionary Force, who, in sacrificing his life at the front in action with the enemy, has rendered the highest service of a worthy citizen.

The heavy loss which you and the nation have sustained would indeed be depressing were it not redeemed by the knowledge that the brave comrade for whom we mourn performed his duties fearlessly and well as became a good soldier, and gave his life for the great cause of Human Liberty and the Defence of the Empire.

Again extending to you in your bereavement my condolence and heartfelt sympathy, I am, Yours faithfully, S. C. Mewburn, Minister of Militia and Defence.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 6)

Poster for Victory Loan“Armed to the teeth. The Canadian Army is fully equipped for War. Canada’s war loans have made the glory of the Canadian Army possible—they have been Victory Loans in fact, as well as in name.

It is unthinkable, is it not, that our men should lack any implement of war that money will buy!

The money for the needs of our army will be provided by Canada’s Victory Loan, 1918. Canadians at home will see to that.

Issued by Canada’s Victory Loan Committee in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 7)

Kenneth McMillan

“Corp. K. L. MacMillan Gassed. Word has been received in this city from the Director of Records at Ottawa that Corp. Kenneth L. MacMillan had again been the victim of German gas and has been admitted to No. 30 Canadian Clearing Station. He was well known in Belleville and is a nephew of Mrs. Tower and Miss Bella MacMillan of 281 George St., city. Recently Corp. MacMillan had been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Ladies Help Sailors. The Sailors Relief Fund has been further augmented by the sum of one hundred dollars voted by Quinte Chapter Daughters of the Empire, a check for which was received by Mr. Alex. Ray this morning. This brings Belleville contributions up to a total of two thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Women Workers Wanted. Requests are coming in to Adj. Trickey of the Salvation Army asking for help from women of the city to give one or two hours a day either assisting the nurses or doing a little work in the homes where the whole family is ill. If any person who can give a little time either gratuitously or for pay, will phone at once to the Adjutant at 603 it will be greatly appreciated. Everyone should unite in an effort to fight the ‘Flu’ to a finish.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. Everett Brown Killed. Mr. and Mrs. Egbert G. Brown, residing at 36 Sinclair street, city, this morning received the sad message from the Director of Records that their son, Private Everett Brown was killed in action on September 28th. Private Brown, who was 23 years of age, enlisted and went overseas with a battalion from this city. He had been in the trenches about 2 months, when he met his death. The bereaved parents will receive the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Called by Death. The influenza epidemic has been responsible for a number of deaths in this city and vicinity during the past few days and to-day the list was added to.

‘Mrs. Warner Losee. Mrs. Warner Losee passed away yesterday at the home of her brother-in-law, Mr. Joseph Losee, 112 Pinnacle street, city. Deceased was 31 years of age and was a member of St. Michael’s Church. Pneumonia was the cause of death. Besides her husband four small children survive.’

‘Keitha Keller. Miss Keitha Keller, a daughter of Mr. Ryan Keller, residing at Canifton, passed away this morning. Deceased was about 23 years of age and had been ill for some days. She was a young lady who was well known and had many friends who will regret to learn of her demise.’

‘Pte. Bolton. Pte. Harry Bolton, a member of the First Depot Battalion, stationed at this city, died this morning. Deceased was 22 years of age, and his home was at Peterboro, where the body was this afternoon taken for interment after being prepared for burial at Tickell & Sons undertaking establishment.’

[Note: Private Harry Bolton died on October 17, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 370 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

‘Florence Wickett. At Niagara Falls, N.Y., last evening Miss Florence Wickett, aged 26 years, daughter of Mr. George Wickett, of Foxboro. Deceased was a nurse-in-training at a hospital at Niagara Falls and was a victim of the Flu. She was a popular young lady and highly esteemed by all who knew her. The body will be brought to Foxboro for interment.’

‘Sergt.-Major Dickinson. Sergt.-Major J. C. Dickinson, who was attached to the First Depot Battalion in this city, died here last evening. The body was taken to Tickell & Sons undertaking establishment where it was prepared for burial and shipped to St. Mary’s, Ont. Deceased was 20 years of age, and was born at Perth, being a son of Mr. John Dickinson of that place.’

[Note: Company Sergeant Major Clesson John Dickinson died on October 16, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 397 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

‘Newbold D. Carter. After an illness of a few days from an attack of pneumonia, Mr. Newbold D. Carter of Deseronto, died yesterday. Deceased was a popular shoe merchant and was a son of Mr. T. N. Carter of Trenton, Ont., and a nephew of W. W. Carter, lumber merchant of Toronto. He is survived by his wife and four young children. Mr. Carter had been identified with the shoe business in Deseronto for the last twenty years.’

‘Mrs. Robt. Newberry. Mrs. Robt. Newberry, who died in St. Louis, and whose remains were interred in the Belleville cemetery upon the 15th inst., was Miss Esther Benjamin, eldest daughter of the late George Benjamin, and in whose office the late Sir Mackenzie Bowell became an apprentice, and subsequently publisher of The Intelligencer. Miss Benjamin married the late Robert Newberry, teacher of the High School here and who was most popular and highly esteemed. Mrs. Newberry always exhibited great love for her native city. She has left three sons and three daughters. Her sisters, Mrs. E. F. Milburn, Mrs. MacDonald and Mrs. Shaw still survive.’

‘Arthur E. Wrightmeyer. At an early hour this morning Mr. Arthur Eugene Wrightmeyer one of Belleville’s well-known citizens passed away at his late home on Octavia Street as the result of an attack of pneumonia. Deceased was born at Selby, Ont., and was 40 years of age and was a son of the late Mr. G. F. Wrightmeyer, and had resided in this city the greater portion of his life. By occupation he was a barber and conducted a successful business on Front Street. He was a member of The Belleville Lodge A.F. & A.M.  No. 123 and was also a member of the Orange Order.

Surviving are a widow and one daughter Miss Valiere, also one brother and three sisters. The brother, Mr. W. H. Wrightmeyer, conducts a grocery business in this city and the sisters are Mrs. Walter Luscombe and Mrs. F. Buckley of Belleville and Mrs. Arthur Watson of Toronto. Arthur as he was familiarly called was deservedly popular and his demise is sincerely regretted by a host of friends. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all friends.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 8)

“Board of Health Public Notice. To comply with the order issued by the Medical Health Officer who has closed all places where large gatherings of people congregate, we have decided for the welfare of the public at large, to cancel our clerks’ profit-sharing sale which naturally would attract large crowds. F. W. Woolworth Co., Ltd.”