100 Years Ago: Paper Controller to Cut Off Unpaid Subscriptions, Called by Death: John Cummins, Mary Elizabeth Ketcheson, Enlist Flags in Victory Loan Drive, Ad for J. M. Greene Music Co., Ad for Dr. Chase’s Nerve Food, Poster for Victory Bonds, David James Kerr Dies at Mohawk, Victory Bond Appeal from Air, Penny Bank Deposit, Fuel Peat, Red Cross Penny Bags, Ad for Wims & Co., Salvation Army Drive, Letter of Sympathy from King and Queen, Victory Loan Fliers, Peterborough Emergency Hospital, Elmer Garnet Skinner Missing, On the Mend, More Volunteers Wanted

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 1)

“Paper Controller About to Order Cutting Off Unpaid Subscriptions. Publishers of daily newspapers must cease sending their newspapers to subscribers three months in arrears unless subscriptions be definitely renewed and all arrears fully paid.

The reason for this regulation of the Paper Controller is that it is the practice of some publishers to send their newspaper until ordered stopped, and this practice frequently means a failure to collect anything for subscriptions in arrears, in which case there is a virtual waste of paper. It is to prevent paper waste that the new regulation has been decided on.

You need The Intelligencer, and we want to continue sending it to you. So, if your subscription is in arrears, please pay up at once to prevent a discontinuance of your subscription.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death: ‘John Cummins. At an early hour this morning Mr. John Cummins died at the family residence, Front of Sidney. Deceased had of late been operating a milk route in the city and was well known to many citizens. Mr. Cummins was 28 years of age and was born in England, where his parents are still residing. An attack of pneumonia was the cause of death. He was a member of Christ Church and was a member of Bayside Lodge L.O.L. A widow and two children survive in addition to the parents.’

‘Mrs. H. F. Ketcheson. The Grim Reaper has been very busy of late in the homes of Belleville and this is a time of sorrow for all. To-day many hearts are sad because of the passing from this life of the wife of ex-Mayor H. F. Ketcheson, which took place last night at ten o’clock after a brief illness. Mrs. Ketcheson was taken ill with influenza on October 17, but recovered only to be laid low by another serious ailment last Friday from which she gradually sank until death claimed her last night.

She was born at Corbyville on September 19, 1865, Mary Elizabeth Scantlebury, daughter of the late Wm. Scantlebury, her father and mother having both been born in Cornwall, England. She attended school in Belleville and her whole life was spent in this vicinity. On December 27, 1883 she was married to Mr. H. F. Ketcheson and her married life was very happy, her home always being her first consideration for while taking an interest in church work and other activities of a public nature her heart was always in her home and the welfare of her family. Mrs. Ketcheson was a consistent and valued member of Bridge Street Methodist Church and her earliest Christian character won her many warm and lasting friendships.

Deep sympathy is felt for the bereaved family in their great loss, more especially in view of the recent sad death of Mr. Ketcheson’s son, James S. (Jim) as the result of an accident. Mrs. Ketcheson is survived by her husband, ex-Mayor H. F. Ketcheson, and the following children: Mrs. E. E. Westover, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Miss Ethel Ketcheson (Deaconess), Toronto; Misses Nettie, Bessie and Ada at home; Lieut. W. H. F. Ketcheson, Lieut. D. V. Ketcheson, M. C. and George Ketcheson. There is one surviving sister, Mrs. James Coulson, of Montreal.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 3)

“Enlist Your Flags in Victory Loan Drive. Belleville, Ont., Oct. 28, 1918. To The Editor of The Intelligencer: Dear Sir—The publicity and decorations Committee of Victory Loan Headquarters, wish to enlist the hearty co-operation of the Merchants, Manufacturers and citizens of Belleville and Hastings County, in giving the fullest amount of publicity to the Victory Loan Campaign—now is the time to decorate—get out your flags—decorate your stores and homes, offices and factories. Storekeepers can aid the Victory Loan greatly in lending as generously as possible, their windows and advertising space in the newspapers. Automobile owners can display stickers on their cars.

Any and all of these concessions will have the heartiest appreciation of the Victory Loan committee and will prove mediums that will bring magnificent results in a campaign which is going to help clinch—VICTORY. A means that may wake many a passer-by to a fuller sense of his responsibility to the men in the trenches—a keener appreciation of what Victory in France and Flanders means, to his home in Canada and fasten the conviction that he should.

Lend as they fight—BUY BONDS to the utmost, and let us all do all we can, with all our might, to make that Victory Loan the success it might be, in order that Canada will be prosperous in the coming year. Yours for Victory Loan, W. B. Deacon, Chairman Victory Loan For Hastings County.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 3)

“Amusement places closed. Temporary closing of theatres, movies and many other public places of amusement will not be such a great hardship if you now have in your home the most complete home entertainment—The COLUMBIA GRAFONOLA.

Where can you hear such wonderful music and receive so much enjoyment and cheerfulness for so little money? Don’t let the theatre or movie closing bother you. Make up your mind now to have one of the special Grafonola outfits—delivered immediately. You will never regret—it is a lifetime purchase.

  1. M. Greene Music Co., Ltd. 316 Front St., Belleville. The Home of Good Music. J. A. Goodsell, Manager.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 5)

Ad for Dr. Chase's Nerve Food

“Unusual Responsibility. Conditions brought about by the war have placed many women in positions of unusual responsibility, involving mental strain and anxiety. Think, for example, of the girls who have been placed in tellers’ wickets in the banks, and whose duty it is to handle each day tens of thousands of dollars.

It is not as though such positions had been reached after years of training and development for in many instances the new teller has had little experience, and the strain thrown on the nervous system is enormous.

The rapid spread of influenza and pneumonia is largely due to the low vitality of many thousands of people who have been living under a constant, unusual strain of mind or body. In a state of continued  fatigue you have practically no reserve force left to fight disease, and are, therefore, easy prey.

There is only one way to restore feeble, wasted nerve cells and that is by supplying to them the vital substances which nourish them back to health and vigor.

This is exactly what Dr. Chase’s Nerve Food does, and that is why it is in such enormous demand at this time when so many people are living under such unusual nervous strain.

Take all the rest you can—get out into the fresh air and use Dr. Chase’s Nerve Food regularly, and you will soon find yourself on the way to health.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 6)

Poster for Victory Bonds

“Canada CAN and WILL. On July 31, 1918, Canadians had on deposit in banks more than a billion five hundred million dollars—that was $160,000,000 more than was on deposit on the same date in 1917.

Canada is to-day the richest country in the world, per capita. So Canada undoubtedly has the ability to oversubscribe the Victory Loan 1918. And Canada must manfully and loyally support the Victory Loan 1918, because the national safety, the national honor and the prosperity of the country are at stake.

Buy Victory Bonds and help to get others to buy—then buy some more yourself.

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

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Died at Mohawk. Private David James Kerr, of the R.F.C. died at Mohawk hospital on Friday from pneumonia, aged thirty years. He was the eldest son of Mrs. Jennie Kerr, 46 Bartlett avenue [Toronto].”

[Note: Air Mechanic 2nd Class David James Kerr died on October 24, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 589 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“An Appeal from the Clouds. Aeroplanes flying low over the business section of the city this morning attracted much attention but the object was soon apparent. From the machines leaflets were seen to fall and scatter about the streets and were readily picked up. The leaflets were appeals to citizens to purchase Victory Bonds and will no doubt have the good effect it is intended to have. Many of the leaflets will be treasured as souvenirs.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Penny Bank Deposit. Belleville school children, to the number of 947, have on deposit in the Penny Bank, conducted under the auspices of the Department of Education, the sum of $3,697.77. Queen Victoria School leads with 297 accounts and $1,611.87; Queen Mary pupils have 283 accounts and $1,023.73; Queen Alexandra pupils have on deposit $962.17 in 267 accounts. The total for Ontario is $387,754.56 in 72,013 accounts.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“To Manufacture Fuel Peat. Tweed district is to have a new industry in the form of a fuel manufacturing plant, Messrs. Capelle Trudeau have invested in a complete equipment for the manufacturing of peat fuel and will begin the erection of the building next week. The peat bed from which the fuel will be moulded is located about six miles east of Tweed and Mr. Chapelle who is a discharged Belgian soldier and has had previous experience in marketing this commodity in his native land, states that apart from the present site there is an endless quantity of the raw material throughout that section of the country. The concern has already received orders for the entire output to be shipped to Montreal.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Red Cross Penny Bags. On account of the prevailing epidemic and out of consideration for the collectors and others, many of whom are suffering severe strain and trouble, it has been decided to withdraw the Red Cross Penny Bag Collection for this month. We hope that in another month things will assume a happier outlook and we all will feel impelled to increase our gift to this worthy cause.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Beautiful Blouses. Big Variety of Styles. Silk Poplins.

Black Pailette Silk in splendid quality, yard wide priced at $2.00, $2.50, $3.00 yard.

Smash the ‘Huns.’ Buy ‘Victory Bonds.’ Wims & Co.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Million Dollar Drive Soon. The preliminary organization for the Salvation Army War Work Million Dollar Drive in this district is well under way under the direction of Mr. Wm. S. Dixon, of Ottawa headquarters. Mr. Dixon will visit a number of the surrounding towns for organization purposes. Everywhere he is meeting with a most cordial reception.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Royal Sympathy. Mrs. Susannah Woods, 20 Water St., city, has received a letter from the King and Queen, sympathizing with her in the loss of her husband, Pte. W. M. Woods. Killed in action, September 2nd, 1918.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Victory Loan Fliers. The following is the complete itinerary of the airplane flights for this week to be made by members of the Royal Air Force from Deseronto camps over the countryside, showering advertising propaganda for the Victory Loan: Tuesday, Oct. 29—Across the Bay of Quinte to Picton, across Prince Edward County through Bloomfield and Wellington, and back to Deseronto. Wednesday, Oct.30—Through Shannonville to Belleville and back to Deseronto. Thursday, Oct. 31—North by Tweed and Madoc and back to Deseronto.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Peterboro Fighting ‘Flu.’ The Oriental Hotel, Peterboro, containing about seventy-five bed rooms has been opened as an Emergency Hospital and will be fitted up to accommodate about one hundred patients suffering from influenza and pneumonia. The civic authorities worked all day yesterday in an effort to get the building ready for the reception of patients as both hospitals are overcrowded and the number of influenza victims is on the increase. The building has not been occupied for about two years. Miss Hattie Reid, matron in charge of the Isolation Hospital here, will be in charge of the Emergency Hospital staff. Several more deaths have occurred locally from influenza.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. E. G. Skinner Missing. Mr. and Mrs. George Skinner residing at 345 Manning Avenue, Toronto received a cable that their son, Pte. E. G. Skinner was missing believed to have been on the torpedoed steamer Leinster. The young man was born in Belleville 21 years ago and was a barber by trade. He had been overseas only three months. His brother Frank went to France over two years ago.”

[Note: Private Elmer Garnet Skinner died on October 10, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 501 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“On the Mend. The influenza epidemic locally seems to be weakening. Not as many calls are being registered at the Emergency Organization Headquarters, Y.M.C.A. building. Seventy-three families have been helped by the volunteer workers of the organization and fifty-eight of these have passed the point where outside assistance is needed. Fifteen families are still receiving the assistance of volunteer workers from the organization, while many families are being cared for by kindly neighbors.

The generosity of Belleville citizens has been shown in the donations of fruit, custards, Spanish creams, etc., for invalids as well as cash. One gentleman gave $50 another $25 besides a number of smaller sums given. Thirty-two volunteer nurses are working from Y.M.C.A. headquarters, twelve of these go out evenings and Sundays while twenty give all the time they can every day.

Yesterday the public inoculation was conducted by Capt. Blakesley. Railway men have been hit very hard by the epidemic and freight traffic is very much interfered with. One day recently thirty-five locomotives were standing idle in the G. T. R. roundhouse because engine crews were ill.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“More Volunteers Wanted. Reports reaching headquarters of the emergency volunteer organization in the Y.M.C.A. building indicate that many of the influenza patients are worse, probably on account of the unfavorable weather. More volunteer help is urgently needed to look after the many calls for assistance. A number of citizens of both sexes presented themselves to Dr. Yeomans, M.O.H. to-day for inoculation with influenza preventative serum.”