100 Years Ago: Donations for Sick Soldiers, Kenneth Stillman Gardner Dies, Hard Coal for People, Letter from Arthur Rogers, Poster for Victory Bonds, Y.M.C.A. Grant, Cadet Wallbridge in England, Publishing Difficulties, Victory Loan Workers, Influenza Vaccine, Men Volunteers Needed, Flag at Half Mast, Sergeant Richard Allen Clarke Killed in Action, Called by Death: Alfred J. McCrodan, Wilbert C. Eggleton, Alexander McCauley, Ad for Lindsay Player Pianos

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 1)

“For Sick Soldiers. Several donations of fruit and reading matter have been received at the military hospital annex on Church street, for which Lieut.-Col. Smart, officer commanding, is very grateful.”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 1)

“Death of Infant. Kenneth Stillman Gardiner, aged eighteen months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stillman Gardiner, residing at 7 Starling Street, city, died this morning from an attack of pneumonia.”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 1)

“Hard Coal To Be Kept For Homes Of People. Toronto. Homes of the people in Ontario are to get the available hard coal hereafter, rather than the Government buildings and the big office buildings. …  There has been a sort of tug-of-war between the Government buildings and the people’s homes in a number of Ontario towns and cities for the anthracite coal. …  The amount of hard coal in question is estimated at 45,000 tons enough to heat 7,500 homes for the entire winter.”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 1)

Arthur Rogers

“From Gunner Rogers. Gunner Arthur Rogers, who went overseas with the Cobourg Heavy Battery, writes his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Rogers, 312 Foster Avenue, as follows: Dear Mother and Dad:—Received your letter of September 2nd and Helen’s of September 7th, which I sent on to Hugh, who is now at the reserve camp. …  One day the first of this week I was over to see Walt Allore and Gerald Roote, and while there Roy Sills, Mac Will and Lyle MacLaren came over so we had quite a reunion just the day before the great fight, so I don’t know whether they are still safe or not.

Well, Mother, I don’t know whether I told you before, but Mr. Payne and myself walked over five miles through mud and rain to the cemetery where my old chum, Roger Porter, is buried. Hugh is writing Mr. and Mrs. Porter. Another one of the old Esmeralda Club has paid the supreme sacrifice and that is Malcolm French. The Band members of the 155th Battalion (now the 21st Batt.) were Roger’s pall bearers and it was Garn Dobbs that told me where he was buried.

Well Helen, dear, you asked me if I am fed up, well I sure am but what is the use of kicking it won’t get me out of it and I am not the least bit sorry, as I know a lot more than I did before, and I don’t think it will be long before we see the end. I don’t think it can last any longer than ten or fifteen years, do you? …

Well, mother, dear, I guess this will be all for now and it is awfully late and I am dead tired. So don’t worry and wait and pray for the best. With love to all the neighbors and write soon. I remain Your loving son, Arthur.”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 5)

“On them the Shadow fell. These, our little Canadians, born to freedom, to a heritage of happiness, Germany’s greed would enslave!

Canada—young, high-spirited, independent—must stand firm.

The call will soon come for more of Canada’s wealth. It is your money that is needed—every cent that you by cheerful sacrifice and loving self-denial can lend to your country.

Be ready when the call comes to buy Victory Bonds.

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

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Indignant Citizens. General indignation is expressed by prominent citizens and ratepayers generally at the action of the City Council in rescinding the grant to the Y.M.C.A. overseas work after the same had been included in this year’s estimates and levied for. The uncalled for criticism of the Y.M.C.A. war work has also aroused a deep feeling of resentment, particularly among citizens who have sons at the front and are constantly receiving letters praising the Y.M.C.A. work for the soldiers.”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 7)

E. G. Wallbridge

“Cadet Wallbridge in England. Flight Cadet ‘Teddy’ Wallbridge son of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Wallbridge has arrived safely in England. Cadet Wallbridge, whose age is eighteen past, made application for service in the Royal Canadian Naval Air Service now in process of organization and was one of the comparatively few who passed the strenuous examinations to qualify for officer’s rank. He was one of twelve selected to go overseas at once for special training, and was a chum of Cadet Willet Bedell, of Picton, who died on Thursday last while on board ship en route to England.”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Publishing Difficulties. Publishing a newspaper with only a remnant of the necessary staff is a hard proposition. The Intelligencer is hard hit by the prevailing epidemic and a number of the most necessary members of the staff are confined to their beds. Under the circumstances the management confidently relies upon readers and advertisers to accept patiently the limited services until health conditions improve.”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Victory Loan Workers. A meeting of Victory Loan workers of the Bay of Quinte district was held here yesterday and the enthusiasm shown augurs well for the successful reaching of the objective of $3,000,000 for this district—and more. Mr. W. B. Deacon, chairman of the district organization, presided. Brief but excellent addresses were made.”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Influenza Vaccine. Dr. Yeomans, Medical Officer of Health has fitted up an operating room at the Y. M. C. A. and  was busy vaccinating citizens with influenza preventative serum from 11.30 to 1.30 to-day, a number presenting themselves for inoculation. The treatment will continue as long as the supply of vaccine lasts. The bacteriology laboratory of Queen’s University, Kingston, has issued a bulletin on influenza vaccine which says: ‘The use of this vaccine is still in an experimental stage. It is intended for protective purposes. At present it seems advisable to give 2500 to 3000 million organisms distributed in three doses, 48 hours apart. It may prove advisable to give a fourth dose of 1000 to 1500 million.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Men Volunteers Wanted. Mr. P. F. Brockel, Secretary of the epidemic emergency organization, received a S.O.S. call today from a construction camp of the Hydro Power Commission where the entire force is down with influenza asking for the services of two men volunteers to wait upon the sick.”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Flag at Half Mast. The flag from the staff of the city building is floating at half mast out of respect to the late ex-Ald. A. J. McCrodan.”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Killed in Action. Mrs. W. H. Nugent, residing at 64 Chatham street, city, received word on Tuesday, 22nd inst., that her brother, Sergt. R. A. Clarke, had been killed in action on Oct. 11th. Sergt. Clarke enlisted from Coe Hill in the 39th battalion and went to England in June, 1915. After acting as an instructor for some time he went to France in June, 1916, and was attached to the machine gun section of the 21st battalion, where he remained until the time of his death.

Sergt. Clarke was for some years a resident of Coe Hill and as a young man was recognized as a progressive and popular citizen and looked upon as a coming man in the public affairs of his township. He was a member of the I.O.F. and Bancroft Lodge, A. F. & A. M. Societies. Pte. Geo. P. Clarke, a brother was seriously wounded at the battle of the Somme. To the widowed mother and members of the family will be extended the sincere sympathy of many friends.”

[Note: Sergeant Richard Allen Clarke died on October 11, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 385 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Called by Death. Today it is our painful duty to record the death of some well known citizens, including ex-Alderman Alfred J. McCrodan, who passed away last night after a brief illness.

‘Alfred J. McCrodan. Many were the expressions of regret heard upon the street this morning when it became known that Mr. Alfred J. McCrodan, one of Belleville’s well known and popular business men, had joined the silent majority. On Friday last he was taken ill with influenza and pneumonia developed. Despite every attention he passed away at 11 o’clock last night at his late home, Front street. In the year 1868 he was born in Belleville being a son of the late Mr. Robt. McCrodan.

All his life was spent in this city, where he was known to all citizens. For the past few years he had conducted successfully a grocery business. Mr. McCrodan was a public-spirited citizen and at one time served as an Alderman and was also for some time a member of the Board of Education. Deceased was also prominent in secret societies, being a member of Moira Lodge A. F. & A. M., Moira Chapter of Masons, Mizpah Lodge I.O.O.F. and the I.O.F.

In religion he was a Methodist, being a member of the Tabernacle church. A widow and one son, Lieut. Byron McCrodan, overseas, survive, also a sister, Miss Charlotte, of this city. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of a large circle of friends.’

‘Wilbert C. Eggleton. After a few days illness Mr. Wilbert C. Eggleton passed away last night at his late home, 14 Holloway street, city. An attack of pneumonia was the cause of death. Deceased was an employee of the Bell Telephone Company in this city, being known as a combination man. This position he had occupied for eight years, seven of which he was under the supervision of Mr. C. J. Mooney. The members of the Belleville staff feel that they have lost a faithful and most estimable member, as he was exceedingly popular with the staff and public generally.

He was born in Hastings County on May 16th, 1886, and had lived in this city for a few years. Mr. Eggleton was a member of Holloway street Methodist Church. A widow and three children survive, who will receive the sincere sympathy of many relatives and friends.’

‘Alex. McCauley. Last evening Mr. Alexander McCauley passed away at his late home on Front street. Deceased was 31 years of age and was born in this city, being a son of Mr. Hugh McCauley. For some time deceased conducted a confectionery business in the city. He was unmarried and was a member of St. Michael’s Church. In addition to the parents four brothers and six sisters survive.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1918 (page 8)

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