100 Years Ago: Epidemic Past Crest, Victory Loan Campaign Begins, Called by Death: William Edward Taylor, Ernest Edward Reddick, Mary Theresa Knott, Robert Stapley, William Henry Knott, Alexander Binney, Clifford Kent, Martha Ann Smith, James Bennie, Joseph McCormick, Margaret May Smith, William Brock Shorey, Alice Lillian Hess, Armstrong Andrews, Poster for Victory Bonds, Purchase Goods from Home, Standard Time, Flu Hits Coal Supply, Seed Grain Distribution, Ad for John Henley’s Shoe Repair

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 1)

“Epidemic Has Passed Crest Improvement Now Expected. Yesterday was a busy day for the emergency organization working under the direction of the local Board of Health. There were many homes where help was badly needed on account of the illness of members of the family and the workers were more numerous yesterday.

A large quantity of broth was made by the workers of the Domestic Science department in the High School supplemented by broth and nourishing delicacies supplied from various homes. A number of volunteer autos rendered useful service all day from the Y.M.C.A. headquarters and the High School.

The call for a cook stove in Saturday’s Intelligencer as the result of a family being found all sick with influenza and no stove, fire and fuel in the house was speedily answered by a donation of fifty dollars from a well-known citizen and a stove and coal were soon furnished.

The City Board of Health officials claim that the Township of Thurlow is not looking after its own sick people who live close to the city, especially in the section known as ‘Stoney Lonesome’ and several township cases have been cared for by the city emergency organization. The attention of Reeve Vermilyea was called to the cases. The city organization will withdraw their services from these township cases at once as there is more work in the city than the organization can find workers for.

Free public vaccination was resumed to-day from 11.30 to 1.30 and many availed themselves of the opportunity to be inoculated with the preventative serum. It is confidently expected that conditions will improve every day from now on as it is thought that the worst is over and the epidemic will soon pass away altogether.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 1)

“Over The Top For Big Drive. Victory Loan Campaign Begins. The following telegram was received this morning from Victory Loan Headquarters, Toronto: Toronto, Oct. 28, 1918. Mr. W. B. Deacon, Chairman Victory Loan, Belleville, Ontario.

Chairman,—The preparatory work for the great campaign is completed. Your forces are ready for the attack. On Monday at nine o’clock the drive began. Ontario’s task is to raise two hundred and fifty million dollars. Our army of fifteen thousand committee men and team canvassers together with thousands of other auxiliary helpers constitute the strongest and most complete provincial wide organization ever got together in this province. The farmers, manufacturers and all classes of our citizens have just been blest with the most prosperous year in their history. The wealth is here, our country’s need is urgent, we are only asked to lend, but to lend to the utmost. The eyes of the Empire are upon us—our gallant boys in France and Flanders are awaiting the result. The Hun is also watching.

With implicit trust in the unswerving loyalty of the people of Ontario and with unbounded confidence in your leadership and in the fighting spirit of the men of your committees and canvassing teams, we await the returns of the next three weeks. Ontario must not fail. The horizon is our objective—Lead on to Victory. G. M. Wood, Chairman for Ontario Victory Loan.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death. Since Saturday the grim monster of death has laid its icy grasp upon several citizens of Belleville and vicinity and in consequence a number of homes are in mourning.

‘Pte. W. E. Taylor. Pte. William E. Taylor, a member of the First Depot Battalion in this city passed away yesterday from an attack of pneumonia following the flu. Deceased was 25 years of age and his home was at Victoria Road, Victoria County, where the body was shipped this afternoon.’

[Note: Private William Edward Taylor died on October 27, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 511 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

‘Pte. Reddick. On Sunday Pte. Ernest Edward Reddick of Trenton, a member of the First Depot Battalion, in Belleville, died on Saturday from pneumonia. Deceased was 34 years of age and unmarried. The body was to-day shipped to his late home.’

[Note: Private Ernest Edward Reddick died on October 27, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 489 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

‘Mrs. Harry Knott. Saturday Mrs. Mary Theresa Knott, wife of Mr. Harry Knott, passed away at the family residence, 32 Olive St. A sad feature of the case is that the husband is overseas. Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick McHugh, who passed away some months ago. Surviving, besides the husband, are one young son, one brother, John B. McHugh, overseas, and four sisters Stella and Madeline at home and Catherine and Mabel of Battleford, Saskatchewan. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church.’

‘Robert Stapley. On Sunday, Mr. Robert Stapley passed away, at his late residence, Thurlow, after being ill about three weeks. An attack of pneumonia was the cause of death. Deceased was a son of Mr. Wm. Stapley and was in his 34th year. He was employed in the car department of the G. T. R. here and a faithful workman. Mr. Stapley was a member of the Railway Mens’ Union and the Royal True Blues Society. In religion he was a Methodist. A widow and five children, Winnifred, Cora, Harry, Wilfrid and Oscar survive.’

‘Wm. H. Knott. Mr. Wm. H. Knott who resided at 74 George Street, south, died on Sunday, after a week’s illness. Deceased, who was 40 years of age was born at West Bromwick, England, and came to Belleville about 7 years ago. He was a fireman at the city Gas Plant. Mr. Knott was a member of St. Thomas Church and was much esteemed by all who knew him. A widow and four children, William, Andrew, Florence and Alice survive. Also three brothers and four sisters. The brothers are Joseph and Andrew of this city and Harry, with the C.E.F. overseas. The sisters are Mrs. Samuel Henn, Mrs. Frederick Goyer, Mrs. Frank Shoener and Miss Nellie of this city.’

‘Alexander Binney. At an early hour this morning Mr. Alexander Binney died at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. Andrew Gray, College Hill. Deceased was 29 years of age and was born in Dundee, Scotland. A widow and one child survives, also one brother who is a prisoner of war in Germany.’

‘Clifford Kent. On Tuesday last, William Kent, aged 14 years, son of Mr. William Kent, 2nd concession of Thurlow, died and to-day, Clifford Frederick, infant son of Mr. Kent died. Both were victims of pneumonia, following the flu.’

‘Martha A. Smith. Mrs. Martha Ann Smith passed away to-day at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Ryan Kellar of Canifton. Deceased was 64 years of age and was born in Thurlow Township. Mrs. Smith’s late home was at 257 Albert street city.’

‘James Bennie. James Bennie, aged 12 years, whose home is at Windsor, Ontario, died this morning from an attack of pneumonia. The parents of the lad were in the city when his death occurred. The body will be shipped to Windsor for interment.’

‘Joseph McCormick. Mr. Joseph McCormick, a life-long and well-known resident of the city passed away this morning. Deceased, who was 69 years of age, was born in Belleville being a son of the late Mr. Arthur McCormick. For many years he conducted successfully a grocery business, but of late years lived a retired life. Mr. McCormick was a bachelor. He was a member of St. Michael’s Church. A sister, Mrs. Margaret Clarke of Toronto, survives.’

‘Mrs. Harry J. Smith. Saturday afternoon Mrs. Harry Smith passed away at the family residence, 66 Church Street, city. Deceased was a lady, who was well known and had many friends. Her maiden name was Miss Margaret G. Smith, and was a daughter of the late Mr. Alexander Smith. She was born in this city 33 years ago and had resided here all her life. Mrs. Smith was a member of St. Thomas Church. Her illness was of a brief duration. In addition to the bereaved husband six children survive. To the afflicted will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of many friends.’

‘William Brock Shorey. Shortly after the midnight hour last night, Mr. William Brock Shorey, of this city, succumbed to an attack of pneumonia, following the influenza. Deceased was comparatively a young man, being but 28 years of age. He was born in the Township of Thurlow being a son of Mr. Norris D. Shorey. The greater portion of his life was spent in this city where he had many friends, who will regret to learn of his demise. Mr. Shorey was a member of St. Thomas’ Church and a member of The Belleville Lodge A. F. & A. M. While in the city he was engaged at several occupations. A widow, but no family survive. In addition to the father, one brother, Clinton, of this city are living. Deceased’s mother died about five weeks ago. Mrs. Shorey has within the past two days been doubly bereaved as on Saturday her sister, Mrs. Harry Smith, passed away. The heartfelt sympathy of many friends will be extended to her.’

‘Mrs. Hess. The body of Mrs. Alice Lillian Hess who died at Oshawa on Saturday was brought to this city and interred in Belleville cemetery. Deceased, who was 26 years of age was a daughter of Mr. J. J. Johnson, a G. T. R. engineer, residing at 217 Charles St., city. Mrs. Hess is survived by her husband and three children. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Scott, pastor of Bridge St. Church conducted the funeral services. A number of floral tributes were placed upon the casket. The bearers were Messrs. T. Blackburn, C. N. Sulman, J. W. Davidson, A. R. Walker, C. M. Reid and W. H. Towne. Deceased left in addition to her husband and family and parents four brothers D. of Prince Rupert, J. H. in France, F. B. in U. S. Service, and Arthur D. Johnson of Belleville. The sister is Mrs. G. F. Barnewall of Windsor, Ont.’

‘Armstrong Andrews. At an early hour this morning Armstrong Andrews, aged 17 years, 7 months, passed away at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Andrews, 26 Octavia Street. In his death a bright young man has been removed from the activities of life. Deceased was born in Belleville and had lived here all his life. While a pupil at school and since leaving, Armstrong by his geniality made many friends who deeply regret his demise. For some time previous to his fatal illness he was employed as a clerk at the G. T. R. station, where his capabilities were recognized. He was a member of the John Street Presbyterian Sunday School and a member of a club of young men presided over by Mr. R. J. Graham. He was also connected with the boy scouts. The heartfelt sympathy of many will be extended to those called upon to mourn the loss of a loved one.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 5)

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The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 5)

“ ‘No goods purchased abroad are cheap that take the place of our own labor and our own raw material.’

The purchase of one thousand dollars worth of goods from your own town or your own country, instead of purchasing outside, means the addition of one person to your town or your country instead of supporting him abroad.

Eat less Bread.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 7)

“ ‘Summer Time’ Passes. With the re-adjustment of the clocks Sunday morning ‘Summer time’ passed away and standard time was renewed. For one hour Sunday morning all trains were held motionless in order that the railway schedule would fit in with the change in time.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 7)

“ ‘Flu’ Hits Coal Supply. Fuel Controller Wills received the following telegram from E. L. Cousins, Provincial Fuel Administrator. ‘The anthracite coal situation is acute, especially by reason of the influenza epidemic demoralizing the labor situation both in transportation and at the mines. It is therefore imperative that your dealers at once meet the almost certain shortage in your municipality of the anthracite coal allotment for this year by immediately putting in stocks of wood and bituminous coal. You will impress dealers that they must act upon this advice immediately.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Distribution of Seed Grain. By instructions of the Hon. Minister of Agriculture, a free distribution of superior sorts of grain will be made during the coming winter and spring to Canadian farmers. The samples for distribution will consist of spring wheat (about 5 lbs.), white oats (about 4 lbs.), barley (about 5 lbs.),  and field peas (about 5 lbs.). These will be sent out, free, by mail, from the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, by the Dominion Cerealist, who will furnish the necessary application forms. Only one sample can be sent to each applicant. As the supply of seed is limited, farmers are advised to apply very early.—J. H. Grisdale, Director, Dominion Experimental Farms.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 8)

“Flu and Shoes. Many cases of Flu can be traced direct to the shoes. The sole of the shoe gets worn thin and gets in the damp, giving the wearer a bad cold, the cold leaves its victim in shape for the Flu to get a good start. This being the case, we strongly urge you, at the first sign of wear in the sole of your shoe to have them resoled at John Henley’s, Foot Bridge Gangway, Phone 609. You will be delighted with the work done and will have a better chance of warding off the Flu.”