100 Years Ago: Victory Loan Parade, Hastings County Victory Loan, Called by Death: Clara May Linn, Barbara Elizabeth Burley, Carrie E. Linn, Michael Joseph Harte, Ad for Sinclair’s, Christmas Boxes for Overseas, Churches and Schools Closed, Cake for Soldiers, No Service at Bridge Street Methodist Church, Poster for Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 1)

“Soldiers and Aviators Boost Canada’s Victory Loan. The Victory Loan Parade held this morning was one of the most successful demonstrations yet held in connection with either one of the campaigns for Victory Bonds. The streets were gaily decorated with the flags of the allies, and the crowds along the way were enthusiastic and large. The parade was headed by decorated automobiles following which was the Depot Battalion in full force headed by their Bugle band. This is the first opportunity the people of Belleville have had to see this organization on parade and they were greatly impressed by the excellent appearance of the men. The playing of the bugle band was also much appreciated.

Following the Battalion were the Veterans in autos. Then a float with the Kaiser hanging in effigy. The Boy Scouts were next carrying boards with appropriate legends urging the buying of the Victory Bonds. The Fire Department which followed made a splendid appearance with the horses and wagons tastefully decorated.

After the parade an open air meeting was held on the market square where a large number of citizens listened to excellent speeches by Belleville’s leading orators. …  Mr. Deacon requested any wishing  to buy bonds to step forward. The response was immediate and will be productive of good results.

During the parade and throughout the meeting two aeroplanes from Camp Mohawk circled over the street, performing hair raising stunts and dropping Victory Loan Literature which was eagerly picked up by the people on the street.

At twelve o’clock sharp after last post being sounded by the Buglers, Kaiser Wilhelm was gently dropped from off the City Hall tower and crashed to the ground with cheers from the onlookers and was quickly pounced upon by the small boys and torn to pieces. This end of the performance created no end of amusement, and was fitting climax to a morning of excitement and entertainment which it is hoped will not be in vain. The Good people of Belleville should keep the excitement up until the last day of the Campaign and make a record of which Belleville should be proud.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 1)

“Half Million Mark Will be Passed By Hastings County To-Day. Old Hastings Waking Up For Victory Loan. In Belleville yesterday $36,450 was the result of the canvass. This brings Belleville’s total up to $126,900. The past two days have been a decided improvement for the loan. Yesterday’s total for the County was $124,750 bringing the total amount to last night to $425,850. Today the County will pass the half-million dollar mark, and next week the Honor Flag objective of $2,100,000 will be crowded closely, and it is hoped that every citizen will assist in reaching this honor flag mark, as Belleville by the end of next week should be flying the Governor-General’s flag from the top of the City Hall flag pole. …

The McLaughlin Automobile Co., at the corner of West Bridge and Coleman streets, had 99 per cent of the subscriptions sold within the first hour of the campaign, and before the day was over they were able to show the 100 per cent on their honor flag. Their employees, numbering 14 in all, everyone bought a bond before noon of the first day. Mr. Mark Sprague was the canvasser. This is a good record.

Tyendinaga Doing Well. Mr. S. M. Spafford and J. F. Hinchey have been working very hard for the township of Tyendinaga and have shown results very much in excess of expectations. Yesterday they reported over $7,000. These results were won in a township very difficult to cover, and represent extremely hard work. Some mornings these tireless salesmen have worked until three a.m. This is an example to the rest of the canvassers, which might well be followed.

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death. ‘Nurse Clara Linn. Within the past three weeks no less than four nurses in this city through devotion to duty have fallen victims of the epidemic and passed away. Shortly before the midnight hour last night Nurse Clara May Linn died at the hospital here as the result of an attack of pneumonia. In June of this year Nurse Linn graduated from the hospital here and since that period had been following her occupation in the city.

A few days ago she was taken ill and despite every attention the end came. Miss Linn was 23 years and 10 months of age and was born at Springbrook, Rawdon Township, being a daughter of Mr. William Linn. She was an exceptionally clever young lady and was beloved by all who knew her. She was a member of the Methodist Church. In addition to the parents, one brother and one sister survive.

The body was taken to Tickell and Sons undertaking establishment where it was prepared for burial and shipped to the home of the parents. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of a large circle of relatives and friends.

A sister of Nurse Linn died at Springbrook on Wednesday from pneumonia.’

‘Barbara E. Burley. Barbara Elizabeth Burley, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Burley residing on the Cannifton Road died this morning after a few days illness.’

‘Carrie E. Linn. After about a week’s illness of pneumonia Miss Carrie E. Linn, daughter of Wm. R. Linn, passed away Wednesday evening at the home of her grandfather in Spring Brook. Her cheerful and kindly manner made her popular with all who knew her and her death has caused a feeling of sincere regret. Her sister Miss Clara Linn died in the Belleville Hospital Friday. The funeral took place Friday afternoon at Spring Brook, interment taking place in Mont Nebo cemetery.’

‘Michael J. Harte. Yesterday afternoon Michael Joseph Harte passed away in this city after a few days’ illness from an attack of the flu. Deceased was in his 35th year and was born in Tyendinaga Township being a son of the late Michael Harte. For some years Mr. Harte conducted successfully a farm in Tyendinaga, but recently sold out and moved into the city. He was a member of St. Michael’s Church and unmarried. Deceased was deservedly popular with all who knew him. Three brothers and three sisters survive. The brothers are John, of Belleville, Patrick of Stoco, and Thomas of Detroit. The sisters are Mrs. Thos. Corrigan, Mrs. J. Candon, and Mrs. G. McWilliams all of Read, Tyendinaga. The body after being prepared for burial at Thompson’s Undertaking Establishment was taken to the home of Mr. John Harte, 295 John St.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 2)

“Women’s Fall Dresses. Unusual Coat Values.

‘Two Birds With One Stone.’  You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by the thrift that is involved in the purchase of Victory Bonds. You serve Canada’s need and you draw good interest. Buy Victory Bonds.


The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 3)

“Christmas Boxes for the Boys. To the Editor of The Intelligencer. Dear Sir,—The Quinte Chapter, I.O.D.E., has sent Christmas boxes to our boys overseas each year since the war started, and this year is no exception to the rule. On account of the epidemic, which has prevailed in the city the past few weeks, it has been more difficult than usual to get the addresses, so we are appealing to the friends of the boys to hand them in to Mrs. (Dr.) Dolan, 17 Victoria Avenue, office of the Y.M.C.A., or officers of the chapter. A large number have been received but the chapter is able to provide about ninety more boxes.

Names and addresses of boys from Belleville or vicinity who are friendless or not likely to receive many remembrances from those at home are particularly requested. Yours truly, Stella M. Waters, Regent.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 7)

“Churches, Schools, etc., Still Closed. In compliance with a notice from the Board of Health there will be no church services tomorrow and schools will not reopen on Monday. Notice of the reopening of churches, schools and places of amusement will be given when the Board considers it is safe to permit them to resume.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 7)

“Cake for Soldiers. A number of ladies who are members of the War Workers of West Belleville assembled at the residence of Mrs. Harry A. Thompson, Catherine Street, on Thursday of this week, and made one hundred and eighty-six pounds of fruit cake, which was baked in the oven of one of the city bakeries. The cake will be sent overseas for Belleville boys.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 8)

“Bridge St. Methodist Church. No Service Tomorrow.

A Committee has been appointed to prepare Xmas Boxes for boys overseas. The members of the congregation are asked to contribute Chocolate Bars, Lump Sugar, Candies, Salted Peanuts, Gum, small tines of Cocoa, Wax Candles, Clove Apples, Dates, Handkerchiefs and Cash.

The committee will be at the church on Wednesday afternoon and evening, 6th inst., to receive donations.

Addresses of Bridge Street soldiers overseas are requested to be sent to the parsonage.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 10)

Poster for Victory Bonds“ ‘For your To-morrow they gave their To-day’ (Inscribed on a cross in Flanders).

Do we realize that we, each one of us, as individuals have a personal share and interest in the issue for which our boys fight, bleed and die in France. If we do realize this, then our duty is clear—a duty to ourselves, our country, our glorious fighters, and our heroic dead—to help by every means in our power to bring Victory for our boys in battle.

Buy Victory Bonds and Help our Soldiers Win the War.

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