100 Years Ago: Victory Loan Campaign Improving, Called by Death: Minnie Helena Crosier, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Keegan, Mr. and Mrs. William Morrison, Soldiers’ Wives and Dependents Return, Poster for Victory Bonds, National Fishless Day, Early Store Closing, Ad for Gillette, John Fraser Invalided Home

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville Passes $100,000 Mark In Victory Loan Campaign. While yesterday was the best day yet in the Victory Loan Campaign, Belleville’s contribution being $59,000 and the total County’s contribution being $134,700, Hastings County is still the low county of the entire east and Belleville canvassers are not greatly responsible for the improvement as the amount subscribed yesterday included a $25,000 subscription and one $5,000 that came to headquarters. Some of the Canvassers are working like Trojans while there are others who are letting ‘George do it.’ An improvement will no doubt be shown from now on, but there is a great deal of neglected work to be covered.

Saturday’s Parade Victory Celebration. Great preparations are being made for the parade to be held tomorrow morning at 10.30. The parade will start from the entrance of Victoria Park and will proceed up Front St. to Greenleaf’s and return down Front St. to the Market Square, where a public meeting will be held in the open air. Public speakers will address the citizens and farmers gathered there, and at 12 o’clock sharp the Kaiser will be dumped off the City Hall Tower.

It is hoped that the citizens will turn out their cars in large numbers in the parade, as this will be a combined Victory Loan Parade and a celebration of the magnificent victories that have been won by our armies in Turkey, Italy, France and Belgium. A great many floats have already been promised, and the Depot Battalion will turn out with its bugle band. The XV band will also be there, and the Veterans have been granted permission to parade with their uniforms.

Watch For The Aeroplanes. A feature of the morning parade will be a flight of Aeroplanes from Camp Mohawk. They will circle the city and drop literature advertising the loan. The Royal Air Force have done everything to co-operate with the Victory Loan Committee in this campaign and their help is greatly appreciated.

Yesterday Thurlow subscribed for $22,700 of Victory Loan Bonds through their tireless canvassers, Mr. Geo. Reid and Henry Denyes. G. Reid can say that that’s going some for a district that lost a day because of the flu. To date Thurlow has $41,750.

The first establishment in Hastings County to claim the 100 per cent Honor Flag is that of the Corby Distillery Co. office force. Mr. George Reid yesterday canvassed that establishment and presented them with the 100 per cent card. Now come along some of you Belleville manufacturers.

While the pictures were not the success expected last night,  because of the experiment made in the open air with the Government Pathescope, the film shown by Mr. McIntosh, who came all the way from Stirling to help out, was greatly enjoyed by a large number of citizens. Speeches were made by Mr. W. B. Deacon, County Chairman, Col. W. N. Ponton, K.C., and W. C. Mikel, K. C., and they were not without effect as a number of bonds were sold there on the street. It is hoped that a meeting will be held on the Armories Lawn on Saturday night, when the remainder of the pictures will be shown to better advantage.

At the finish of the meeting , Mr. Deacon asked for subscriptions ‘just to show this meeting has done some good.’ The first citizen to step up and buy a bond was Mr. Harry Yanover, the well-known and popular Gent’s Furnishing merchant in front of whose door the appeal was made. Many others followed Mr. Yanover, who is always to the front, in every patriotic effort.

The Ritchie Co. Limited has an excellent Victory Loan window which has attracted the attention of the citizens and is the occasion of great commendation of the artist advertising manager, Mr. Wotton, who is responsible for this display. The Hydro Electric window, Chas. S. Clapp and others are also making Victory Loan displays. It is hoped that other merchants will follow these patriotic citizens.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death. ‘Nurse Crosier. Many were the expressions of regret heard upon the streets of this city to-day when it became known that nurse Crosier had passed away at the Belleville Hospital from an attack of pneumonia, following the ‘flu.’ For some days her condition had been critical, every effort was made to save her life but the insidious disease did its work.

It is no exaggeration to say that no nurse which has graduated from the Belleville Hospital had more friends than the late Miss Crosier and no one was more attached to the staff than she. At the outbreak of the epidemic she labored incessantly with patients under her charge until finally she was stricken with the disease and pneumonia developed.

Nurse Minnie Helena Crosier was a daughter of Conductor William H. Crosier of Lindsay who runs on the Midland division of the Grand Trunk between Lindsay and Belleville. She was born in Lindsay almost 25 years ago, and after completing her High School education entered Belleville Hospital as a nurse and from which institution she graduated with honors. Since her graduation she had remained at the hospital where she was a general favorite with patients under her charge. Her demise which occurred last evening is sincerely regretted by all who knew her.

The body was taken to Tickell & Sons Undertaking Establishment where it was prepared for burial and was this morning taken to her home at Lindsay. To the bereaved parents and members of the family will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of many Belleville residents.’

‘Seven Orphans. Capt. T. D. Ruston, agent of the Children’s Aid Society, while in the discharge of his duties this week, came across two sad cases in the village of Marmora. About noon on the 23rd of October Mr. Harry Keegan died, and two hours later his wife passed away. They left three children.

On October 22nd Mr. William Morrison died and on October 27th Mrs. Morrison died. They left four children. All were victims of pneumonia following influenza. Captain Ruston took the seven orphan children in charge and he has been successful in placing the little ones in good foster homes.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 3)

“850 Soldiers’ Wives and Dependents Come. Ottawa. The Militia Department has been notified of the arrival at New York from England of 850 soldiers’ wives or dependents who are returning to Canada. The party includes 173 babies under two years of age. Their boat arrived yesterday morning, but they were unable to leave New York until last night, when the authorities there finally got a special train to take them through to Canada.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for Victory Bonds

“Confronted as we are by those who have given their all, dare we set a limit to our own sacrifices in Freedom’s cause? Our hearts and our sense of duty to God and humanity must answer the question:—’How much is expected of me?’

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 November 1, 1918 (page 4)

“National Fishless Day. Yesterday was Canada’s National Fish Day, when at the request of the Canada Food Board everybody was supposed to abstain from meat and eat fish. There has been an elaborate and very commendable campaign to get Canadians into the fish-eating habit, but what-a-you-goin’-to-do when there ain’t no fish? There was so little fresh fish in Belleville yesterday that no special display was made by the dealers, and the miracle of the loaves and fishes would have had to be repeated if a meatless day had been observed here.

Toronto, however, is reported to have been well supplied with over 500,000 pounds of fresh fish yesterday, a pound for every inhabitant. No doubt when the multitude is fed in Toronto there will be a few baskets left over for Belleville and other way stations.

The Government has created a fish-eating habit of national dimensions—it’s up to the government to encourage and not starve that appetite. Canadian fish for Canadians first—Boston and New York after.

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 4)

“Early Store Closing. Conservation is the order of the day, and the Fuel Controllers and Food Board officials are plugging up leaks everywhere, saving coal and food and time and labor. Now that the winter is approaching, with short days and long nights, cold weather and coal famines, merchants are getting together in various communities and agreeing with each other to close their stores at five o’clock each day, thus saving fuel and light. This is ‘beating the fuel controller to it’ as the boys would say, and no doubt highly gratifying to that official in that it shows a spirit of co-operation that does not wait to be forced by official action.

Belleville merchants could very well fall in line with the five o’clock closing idea. No business will be sacrificed, fuel and light will be saved, and additional leisure time given clerks and proprietors. In conversing with several prominent Belleville merchants the writer found them very favorable to the five o’clock closing idea and ready to do their bit in conservation of fuel, light, time and labor for the general good of the community and the State.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 6)

“ ‘Goodbye, Berlin!’ Turkey has had enough! So the hopes of Turkey in Europe vanish; an inglorious chapter in history draws to a fitting close.

The men who swear by the beard of the Prophet lay down their arms to the men who swear by a real shave.

Turkey—aye, and Germany, too—should have known better than to pit their strength against ten million men who own and use Gillette Safety Razors—keen disciples of the shaven chin.

Bulgaria gone; and Turkey gone! The stoutest hearts in Germany and Austria may well quail before a combined foe which calmly whips out thousands of Gillettes and SHAVES before the charge!”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 7)

“Invalided Home. Private John Fraser, son of Mr. Bert Fraser, of West Huntingdon, has returned home from active service at the front. He was shell shocked but is progressing nicely and is now in the convalescent hospital at Cobourg, but is expected to be able to return to his home shortly. Pte. Fraser states that excellent treatment is accorded the soldiers at the Cobourg hospital. He enlisted and went overseas with the 80th Battalion from Belleville.”