100 Years Ago: Maynooth Wins First Honor Flag, Red Shield Drive Next, Y.M.C.A. Grant from City Council, Called by Death: Maysel T. Stork, False Rumours of War’s End, John Charles McKnight Dies, Free Picture Show, Deseronto Editor Dies, Raymond Clarke Cooney Dies, Thomas Naphan Killed in Action, Ad for C. W. Lindsay Limited, Ad for Free Picture Show, Record of Belleville Deaths in October, Sunday Schools of Canada Help Victory Loan, Poster for Victory Bonds, Steel Company of Canada Supports Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 1)

“Maynooth Wins The First Victory Loan Honor Flag. The coveted Governor-General’s Honor Flag, which is being presented to each District passing its objective for the Victory Loan, has been won by the North Townships, Maynooth District, Mr. Wm. Douglas of Maynooth being the canvasser.

The following telegram was sent to Mr. Douglas by Mr. W. B. Deacon to-day:—Mr. Wm. Douglas, Maynooth, Congratulations on winning the first Victory Loan Honor Flag. Yours the first District to pass its objective. Governor-General’s Flag will be shipped to-day. Keep up the good work. W. B. Deacon, County Chairman. …

Hastings County on the first day of the second week of the Victory Loan Campaign has attained little better than 30 per cent of its Honor Flag objective. It is hoped that the second week of the campaign will bring the county to its objective, or at least Belleville should try to fly the Honor Flag if every citizen would pitch in and help and take a personal interest in having the Governor-General’s Honor Flag float from the City Hall.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 3)

“Million Dollar Drive For S.A. War Work. The next effort which is going to be made for war funds will be that of the Red Shield drive for one million dollars by the Salvation Army. This drive will be Dominion wide and will be put on in the opening weeks of December.

While other organizations like the Y. M. C. A., Red Cross and others have had their canvass for funds some time during the four years of the war, the Salvation Army has had no drive and now that the Government has requested an extension of their work (war) it will be necessary to meet the needs of this extension to get this million dollars.

Already in four years of the war the Salvation Army has spent two million dollars and the Organization feels that the good folks of Canada will be glad to help them meet the new demands which have been placed upon them for the mercy and kindness work among the soldiers and sailors of Canada at home and abroad. …  Immediately upon the close of the Victory Loan drive aggressive steps will be taken to put on the Salvation Army Red Shield drive for one million dollars.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 3)

“Y.M.C.A. Grant of $6000 Will Be Paid by City Council. The Council Chamber at the City building was well filled last evening with spectators when the City Council opened its session. It was apparent that the great majority were sympathizers of the Y.M.C.A. cause and they were not slow in applauding Mayor Platt, when he flayed Ald. Robinson in reference to his action in opposing the grant of $6,000 to that worthy institution.

The discussion arose out of a motion proposed by Ald. Whalen to rescind a motion passed at the previous meeting cancelling the grant of $6,000 to the Y.M.C.A. war work. The outcome of the matter was that Ald. Whelan’s motion prevailed and it authorizes the City Treasurer to forward a cheque for $6,000 to the proper officials of the Y.M.C.A. The yeas and nays showed that Mayor Platt and five of the Aldermen were in favor of it and two opposed to it. Ald. Donohue refused to vote.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 3)

“Called by Death: ‘Maysel T. Stork. In the death of Miss Maysel T. Stork which occurred last night at the family residence, 184 William St., a popular young lady of this city has gone to her reward. On Wednesday last deceased was taken ill with influenza and pneumonia which caused her demise.

Miss Stork was the oldest daughter of Mr. C. M. Stork, Manager of the Bank of Commerce in this city, and Mrs. Stork. She was born at Windsor, Ontario, but since childhood had resided in this city. Deceased was a highly educated young lady and had vocal talents which were used to advantage. She was for some time soloist and choir leader of the John Street Presbyterian Church and at the time of her death was soprano soloist of Bridge Street Church choir. Deceased had also been connected with other church choirs in the city. Her sweet rich voice had often been heard to advantage in the city and she was ever ready to give freely her services in patriotic and church work. In musical circles Miss Stork will be severely missed. Deceased was a member of St. Thomas Anglican Church.

A sad feature of her demise is the fact that Mrs. Stork is confined to the house with an attack of influenza. In addition to the parents two brothers, and two sisters survive. The brothers are Mr. Sydney Stork of Winnipeg and Charles Morris of the Post Office staff at Belleville. The sisters are Mrs. C. B. Narraway whose husband is manager of the Bank of Commerce at Gilbert’s Plains, Manitoba, and Miss Greta at home. To the grief stricken family will be extended the sincere sympathy of a host of friends.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“False Rumors. Rumors that Germany had accepted the terms of the Allies and that the war was over spread through the city last night, but were not taken seriously. Despatches over brokers wires from New York are blamed for the premature announcement.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Died of Pneumonia. Mr. Wm. McKnight at 25 Parker Street, city, last evening was in receipt of the following sad telegram which refers to his son: ‘Deeply regret to inform you Pte. John Charles McKnight, died at 14th General Hospital, Eastwood, England, on October 31st, 1918 from influenza and pneumonia.’ Pte. McKnight referred to above was a young man well-known in this city where he lived the greater portion of his life.

He enlisted in and went overseas with an infantry draft from Kingston. ‘Jack,’ as he was familiarly called, was previous to enlistment employed in The Intelligencer office being a linotype operator. He was deservedly popular with a large circle of friends in this city who will regret to learn of his demise. He had been ill for some days being a victim of the flu epidemic. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all friends and The Intelligencer joins in condolence with the afflicted family.”

[Note: Private John Charles McKnight died on October 31, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 461 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Free Show Tonight. At eight o’clock tonight there will be a big free picture show in front of the Griffin’s Palace Theatre on Front Street, when the famous Victory Loan films, which are creating such a sensation in Toronto, Montreal and other large cities will be shown for the first time in Belleville.

Last Friday night an attempt was made to show a Victory Loan film which was made for the Pathescope machine used by the Government Agricultural Department on Front street, but the machine was not powerful enough for outdoor work. Tonight, however, the machine used will be the Griffin Amusement Co. machine, which will show as well on the outside as the inside. Mr. Tom Forhan, local manager of the Griffin Amusement Co., is handling the show and has gone to a great deal of trouble to make it a success. Special lens had to be sent from Toronto. These are extra powerful and will make the show on the outside the same as inside.

The streets in the vicinity of these open air picture shows in Toronto are crowded for blocks, as they have taken on in great style. It is estimated that nearly ten thousand people watched these films one night in front of the Allen Theatre. The pictures shown will be Elsie Ferguson in ‘The Spirit that Wins’; Wm. S. Hart, ‘A Bullet from Berlin’; Dorothy Dalton in ‘A Victory Loan Appeal’; and Wm. Duncan in ‘The Decision’. It is expected that a great crowd will be on hand tonight to view these famous films.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Deseronto Editor Dies. Pneumonia claimed another victim when Mr. Ernest S. Newport, editor of the Deseronto Post, passed away at his late home, Thomas Street. Mr. Newport  had been ill only a few days. He is survived by his wife. The funeral takes place to-day with interment at Napanee.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Pneumonia Caused Death. Mr. Frank Cooney, residing at 305 Pinnacle Street, city, last evening received the following official message from the Director of Records at Ottawa: ‘Deeply regret to inform you Pte. Raymond Clarke Cooney died in France from influenza and heart failure.’ Pte. Cooney before enlistment resided in Belleville some time and was well known to many residents. He enlisted with a Kingston Battalion and had been in active service for some time.”

[Note: Private Raymond Clarke Cooney died on October 28, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 388 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Made the Supreme Sacrifice. Mrs. C. Naphan, residing at 78 east Moira Street, city, was last evening in receipt of the following official telegram, which refers to her son, another Belleville boy, who has made the supreme sacrifice: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you Pte. Thomas Naphan, officially reported killed in action, on October 21st, 1918.’ Pte. Naphan enlisted in Toronto and went overseas with the 1st Central Ontario Depot Battalion. He was a young man who was well known and highly respected by many friends who will regret to learn of his death. Sincere sympathy from all citizens will be extended to the bereaved.”

[Note: Private Thomas Naphan died on October 21, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 476 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 6)

Ad for C. W. Lindsay Limited“Munitions Workers Buy Victory Bonds. They constitute the very best investment a workingman could make. In addition, by subscribing liberally, you will be doing a patriotic duty, backing up our brave boys at the front.

Let music be your recreation; it will prove source of joy and contentment for all the members of the family, if you get A Lindsay Player-Piano.

Visit Our Phonograph and Music Roll Departments. C. W. Lindsay Limited. 249 Front Street, Belleville.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 6)

“Free Open Air Picture Show In Front of Griffins Palace Theatre Front Street At 8 O’Clock To-night.

These Pictures are made Especially for the Victory Loan Campaign and will be shown by the Griffin Amusement Company with the same effect as in the theatre. Free! Free! Free!”

The Intellligencer November 5, 1918 (page 7)

“Record of Deaths, City of Belleville, Month of October 1918.

Name. Years. Months. Days. Residence. Disease. Date of Death.

  1. Wilfred Holmes, City Clerk.”

[Note: Of the 65 citizens listed, cause of death for 47 was Influenza-Pneumonia.]

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 8)

“Sunday Schools of Canada Unite to Help Victory Loan by War Memorial. One Million Scholars! One Million Dollars!”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 8)

“These fires must be kept burning. As long as Canada is busy at home she can continue her glorious part in the war. Canada’s factories are a source of great national strength to-day. They send across the sea a steady stream of vitally needed war supplies.

When you buy Victory Bonds, when you lend your money to Canada, you are supplying the capital on which our industries depend. You are contributing directly to our prosperity at home, and lending your personal weight to our mighty war effort in France.

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

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 9)

“Only A Flood of Dollars Will Put Out the Fire in Europe. When the Kaiser started the great conflagration, which threatened to engulf the world, he failed to reckon with Canadian prosperity. Here in the Western Hemisphere safeguarded by the British Fleet, production has increased to such an extent that Canada is one of the richest countries in the world.

Step by step, the Allied armies have got the fire under control. Ever and anon it breaks out anew. Only one thing will put it out—Money, Money, and still more MONEY.

Without more money we can never hope to win a lasting peace. Where is this money coming from? From You—and YOU—and YOU! Get in line now. Buy Victory Bonds.

This space donated to the Victory Loan 1918 Campaign by—The Steel Company of Canada.”