100 Years Ago: Belleville’s Peace Celebration When News Official, Belleville Passes Halfway Mark, Called by Death: Charles R. Empson, Ad for Grape Nuts, Premature Celebration, Mail for Siberia, Poster for Victory Bonds, Private E. Moore Killed in Action, Leroy Maitland Buck Awarded Military Medal, Ad for Oil Heaters, Poster for Victory Loan

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville’s Peace Celebration When Official News Is Received. Last evening a meeting of the Special Committee of the City Council to arrange a suitable peace celebration met representatives from the Board of Trade, the Great War Veterans’ Association, Board of Education and others to draft a plan of the proposed celebration. A goodly number were present at the meeting and entered heartily into the arrangement of details which are as follows:

If the glad news is received in the morning by 11 o’clock a thanksgiving service will be held on the Court House Lawn, weather permitting, otherwise Griffin’s Opera House. Rev. Dr. Scott, Pastor of Bridge St. Church; Rev. D. C. Ramsay, of John Street Church, and Ven. Archdeacon Beamish will arrange the service.

Upon official receipt of the news the fire bells and church bells will be rung and whistles blown also criers will be sent announcing the fact that hostilities are at an end. This will also be the means of announcing a general holiday.

At 1.30 in the afternoon a grand procession will be formed on the market square and as far as possible will be as follows: City Council. 15th Regimental Band. G.W.V.A. in conveyances and on foot. Salvation Army Band. School children. Bugle Band. Depot Battalion. Johnstone’s Pipe Band. Citizens on foot. Floats. Decorated autos. Fire Brigade.

The school children will assemble at their various schools an hour previous to the parade and march with flags in hand to the market square to take their place in the parade. The parade will be in charge of Aldermen Hanna, St. Charles and Whelan, Col. O’Flynn, Mr. F. S. Deacon, and Fire Chief Brown.

In the evening it is proposed to have a torch light procession with fireworks. If on the other hand the news is received before two o’clock in the afternoon the thanksgiving service will be held at three followed by the procession and evening celebration.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 2)

“City Passes Half-Way Mark In Race to Objective. Belleville yesterday passed the half-way mark in the race to the objective for the City and the Campaign 1918 Victory Loan, total bonds sold being $361,200. Now for the last half of the race. Yesterday in spite of the fact that everything in Belleville shut down at noon so it was impossible to do business, Belleville reports $34,350 for the day, which is an excellent showing considering the diversions that took place. The false rumor of peace that spread through the city affected the Campaign, thereby losing a precious half-day of the few remaining days. Redoubled efforts will be required to make up for time lost, and it is hoped that the citizens will co-operate with canvassers and put Belleville over the top.

Hastings County felt the peace demonstration more than the city, as the returns for the County fell down to $92,000. It is expected that the County will pass the half-way mark of their Honor Flag objective $2,100,000 to-day.

Great Interest in Pictures. A crowd of fully 3,000 gathered last night in front of Griffin’s Palace Theatre on Front Street to view the new programme of pictures, which the Victory Loan Publicity Committee had procured and which the Griffin Amusement Co. were kindly showing. Interest was very great in the pictures of Canada’s own Mary Pickford in her patriotic appeal ‘100% Canadian.’ This charming little actress was born in Canada, and from the enthusiasm shown in her pictures she still retains the love of her homeland. …

The speakers of the night were Rev. Archdeacon Beamish, Mr. W. C. Mikel, K. C., and Mr. D. V. Sinclair. Their addresses were most appealing. …  If the people do not respond to the Victory Loan 1918, Canada at the time of victory will go down to defeat, the home fronts will have failed. Every citizen of Belleville was appealed to buy Bonds, boys, girls, men and women. …  Therefore no boy, girl, man or woman in the city of Belleville should be without an Honor Button, showing that he has bought a Victory Bond and done their little bit to help in this great cause. …

Churches to Help. The clergymen in Belleville have been requested to co-operate with the Victory Loan committee on Sunday, and at both the morning and evening services prominent laymen will occupy the pulpits and will make strong appeals for Victory Bonds. …

Attractive Window Display. A novel and exceedingly attractive window display is now to be seen in the Thompson Co. Furniture Store. The novel part of this window is the ‘Liberty Loan’ posters are used. These posters were sent from the United States to help the Canadian Loan go ‘over the top.’ American and British flags are intermingled throughout the window and these combined with the richly colored poster appeals make a display of high merit that is sure to bring good results.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death: ‘Mr. Charles R. Empson. After a few days illness Mr. Charles R. Empson of Foxboro passed away last evening from an attack of pneumonia following the flu. Deceased was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Empson and was born in Sidney Township in the year 1879. All his life was spent in this locality. Mr. Empson was widely known and highly respected. He was by occupation a cattle buyer and in all of his dealing was most honored. He was a member of the Methodist Church and was also a member of Foxboro lodge L. O. L. and the Royal Black Preceptory of Foxboro. A wife and three young daughters Ruth, Dora, and Arley also the parents and two brothers. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of a large circle of friends.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 3)

“Use No Sugar On Grape:Nuts. In line with effort to conserve all sugar possible, users of Grape:Nuts should use no sugar at all with that cereal.

Grape:Nuts is so processed as to contain abundant sugar of its own—not added, but developed in its making from the grains of which it is composed.

Eat Grape:Nuts and Save Sugar. Canada Food Board License No. 2-026.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 4)

“Premature News But Timely Celebration. The news which reached Belleville shortly after noon yesterday that the German envoys had actually signed the terms of armistice proved to be a little premature, but it uncovered the fact that there was a whole lot of repressed enthusiasm waiting for expression. Cheering crowds soon lined the streets and flags were everywhere in evidence.

While the news was premature the celebration can not be said to have been premature, for with Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria definitely out of the war and German envoys actually in conference with Marshall Foch asking for armistice and peace at almost any price, there was great reason for universal joy and demonstrations of thankfulness that the hideous nightmare of war was, if not entirely at an end, very nearly so.

The glad sunshine of universal peace is dawning upon an earth sickened with bloodshed and the glorious faith and determination which has carried the Allies through this great conflict must needs find audible expression.

Canada can well cheer for victory so absolute and compelling, but let our first tribute be to Almighty God, who alone giveth us the victory. Services of Thanksgiving and Praise are being arranged by the various pastors and will be held as soon as the Board of Health permits the opening of the churches.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 4)

“How To Address Mail For Siberia. Ottawa. An official memorandum, issued Tuesday by the Postoffice Department, gives directions for the addressing of letters and parcels to members of the Siberian Expeditionary Force, as follows: Letters, parcels and other small matter should be fully addressed, and the words ‘Canadian Expeditionary Forces in Siberia’ should form part of the address. …  It is necessary that all parcels should be carefully and securely packed, and it is recommended that an outer cover of linen, calico or canvas should be securely sewn up. The address should be written in bold letters on the cover in ink or indelible pencil, and not on a label, whether tied or pasted on.

The mail should be addressed as follows: (a) Regimental number. (b) Rank. (c) Name. (d) Squadron, battery or company. (e) Battalion, regiment (or other unit) stating appointment or department. (f) Canadian Expeditionary Forces. (g) Siberia.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 5)

“Steady On—Canada. That day is at hand. Behind Canada lies fifty months of blood and anguish, fifty months of the fires of trial and of sacrifice—of glorious triumphant battling against the hosts of evil.

And in the surging joy will come to us the sobering sense of duty yet to be performed.

Canada’s Victory Loan 1918 must be oversubscribed—that Canada may discharge in peace, the great responsibilities which the war thrust upon her willing shoulders.

Canadians, let us with devoutly thankful hearts and proud consciousness of duty well done, proceed with our great task—–Buy Victory Bonds 1918 To Make Victory Complete.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 7)

“Killed in Action. An official announcement was received in this city yesterday that Pte. E. Moore was reported killed in action on September 21st, 1918. Pte. Moore enlisted and went overseas with the 80th Battalion from this city. Previous to enlistment he was employed at the gas works here. He was married but his wife is not at present residing in the city.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 7)

Roy Buck“Awarded Military Medal. Mrs. Buck, who resides at 18 Everett St., in this city, has received word from Sergt.-Major W. C. Jack stating that her son, Pte. L. M. Buck, had received the Military Medal for bravery on the field. His many friends will remember him as ‘Tim.’ He was reported killed in action a short time ago. Mrs. Buck has another son in action in France.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 7)

“Save Coal. A Perfection Oil Heater. Warm up the Sick Room in a few minutes with an Oil Heater. Chases the Chill, Easily Carried about, Burnes 10 Hours on 1 gal. of Coaloil. No Smell, No Smoke or Dust. Price $6.00.

The John Lewis Co. Ltd.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 10)

Poster for Victory Loan“In thousands of Canadian homes to-night, the prayers of little children will ask Heavenly protection for fathers and brothers ‘over there.’

You who have no kin in France—Surely you have eyes to see and hearts big enough to understand the obligation that rests on you.

Surely you will provide the money—all the money you can—to bring about that Victory which will answer the prayers of our soldiers’ little ones. How much of your earnings will you put into Canada’s Victory Bonds?

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