100 Years Ago: Letter of Sympathy for Alexander Beaton’s Mother, Obsequies: Joseph Longden, Women Needed to Care for Influenza Families, Called by Death: Violet May Sanderson, Poster for Victory Loan, Doctor Prepares Vaccine, Queen’s University Closes, Andrew Baxter Hall Wounded, Christmas Boxes for Overseas

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 1)

“Letter of Sympathy From Major Vandewater. Mrs. F. Beaton, 350 Bleecker Avenue, city, has received the following letter from Major R. Vanderwater, in connection with the death of her soldier son, Pte. Alexander Beaton, killed in action on September 2.

In the Field, Sept. 21st, 1918. Mrs. F. Beaton, 350 Bleecker Avenue, Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Dear Madam,—No doubt previous to receipt of this letter you have received the official notification of the death of your son, No. 455096, Pte. A. Beaton. During the period of his connection with the Battalion he, by his unassuming manner and the willingness in which all duties for which he was selected were carried out, won high commendation of his officers and respect of his comrades.

His supreme sacrifice for the great cause for which we fight was a matter of great sorrow among his many friends here who join with me in the expression of sincere sympathy for you in your bereavement. Yours in sympathy, R. Vanderwater, Major, O.C., 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment.”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 2)

“Obsequies. ‘Joseph Longden. Many were yesterday afternoon in attendance at the funeral of the late Mr. Joseph Longden of this city. At the family residence, 218 George Street, Rev. Dr. Scott of Bridge Street church, and Rev. J. Capman, of Picton, conducted an impressive service. Interment took place at Belleville cemetery. Many floral designs were contributed by friends. The bearers were: Messrs. N. Hall, W. Rickley, E. Hicks, F. Wheeler, B. Gerow and W. A. Walsh.’ ”

[Note: Age: 30 years, 9 months. Cause of death: Influenza-Pneumonia.]

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 2)

“Notice. Meeting of ladies of the city is called for this evening at 8 p.m., in Y. M. C. A. Parlors, to consider what can be done to procure volunteers, nurses and assistants to help those families who are suffering from influenza, and are in need of help. Any one interested is welcome to attend and organize for the work. Any persons not able to attend this meeting and who are able to help will please send their name and address to the Y.M.C.A. A. McGie, Chairman Belleville Board of Health.”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death: ‘Violet M. Sanderson. Miss Violet May Sanderson, nurse in training at the Belleville Hospital, passed away at noon to-day from an attack of pneumonia. Deceased had been in training at the hospital here since June of last year and was exceedingly popular with the staff and public.

She was 22 years of age, and was born at Peterboro, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Sanderson. She was a member of the Baptist church. In addition to the parents two brothers and three sisters survive. The brothers are Clayton and Harvey at home, and the sisters are Mrs. Joseph Bullied and Misses Ruby and Leita, all of Peterboro. The body was taken to Tickell & Sons undertaking establishment, where it was prepared for burial and this evening was shipped to Peterboro.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 4)

Poster for Victory Loan“When will it end? Thousands upon thousands, endless thousands, hold their lives cheap as the price of Victorious Peace.

And we—as we watch from afar their heroic efforts—may we be able to say, that the little we at home could do, we have done.

Another opportunity to lend your individual weight to the blow that will shorten the war comes with the offering of Victory Bonds about to be made. Let not the privilege to do your share find you unprepared.

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

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 7)

“Growing Spanish Germs. Dr. G. B. Reed, assistant professor of botany, and lecturer in bacteriology at Queen’s University, believes he has isolated the Spanish influenza germ. He is growing the germs by millions and has prepared a vaccine with which he has already inoculated some two hundred persons with good results. Each cubic centimetre of the serum contained about a thousand million germs, and about three thousand cubic centimetres was used yesterday.”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 7)

“Queen’s University Closes. Theatres, schools and churches in Kingston are closed and hospitals and dispensaries are closed to visitors. The local medical and surgical faculty will place at the General Hospital fifth year medical students, who will be given power to attend cases. Queen’s University closed its doors at noon yesterday and has postponed the annual convocation.”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 7)

“Driver Hall Wounded. Mrs. A. B. Hall has received word that her husband, Driver A. B. Hall has been wounded in the left arm. He left here with the 80th Battalion and was employed as fireman on the G. T. R. previous to enlisting. His wife and child are now in Hamilton.”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 8)

“Wanted. The Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. is preparing Xmas boxes for Belleville boys overseas. Will friends kindly leave names and correct addresses with Mrs. (Dr.) Dolan, 17 Victoria Ave., or office Y.M.C.A.”