100 Years Ago: Joyful Celebration, Bancroft Wins Honor Flag, Victory Parade, Poster for Victory Bonds, Christ Church Peace Service, Two Editions of The Intelligencer, Charles Herbert Brooks Wounded

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 1)

“Dawn of Peace Celebrated with Prayer, Thanksgiving and Joy. Yesterday was a day long to be remembered in Belleville when enthusiastic joy broke over the surrender of Germany, broke loose in a riot of noise and exuberance, which grew in strength as the day advanced and continued far into the night with friendly, good-natured crowds on Front Street, many in carnival attire, jostling each other in a friendly way, while the air was thick with talcum powder and confetti—a regular Mardi Gras night of joy unrestrained. The formal part of the day’s celebration began in the morning, with a service of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, Who alone giveth the victory.

At 11 o’clock in the morning a union Thanksgiving Victory Peace Service was held on the court house lawn and was attended by hundreds of citizens of all classes. It was thoroughly union in its nature, as Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist clergymen took part also the local Salvation Army officers. …  The service closed by the singing of the National Anthem and cheers for the King.

It was anticipated that the afternoon procession would be of considerable magnitude, but it eclipsed the sanguine anticipations of those who had it in hand. It was formed on the market square and was over a mile in length. A large number of autos were in the parade also many horse-driven vehicles and all were decorated in a manner to bring forth most commendable remarks. During its progress through Front Street that thoroughfare was lined by thousands of spectators, who were not slow in cheering. It was a sight that all who witnessed it will never forget. The parade moved off in the following order:

Dr. D. H. Ackerill leading a bull dog and carrying a broom to which was the motto: ‘What we ‘Ave We’ll ‘Old.’

Marshall Mr. J. J. B. Flint. 15th Regimental Band. Munition workers in trucks, bearing motto: ‘We helped to do it.’ Members of the G.W.V.A. in autos. Members of the G.W.V.A. on foot. Salvation Army Band. Members of the Army. Company of the 1st Depot Battalion. Johnstone’s Pipe Band. Truck with soldiers and two rough boxes with the effigies of the Kaiser and Crown Prince inside. Albert College faculty and students. Boy Scouts. School children with flags. Bell Telephone float. City Fire Brigade. Decorated bicycles. Decorated autos. Marsh and Henthorne steam whistle.

After parading up Front Street to the vicinity of the G.T.R. station the procession returned and wended its way to the Armories lawn where speech making was the order of the day. A large platform was erected near the main entrance to the Armories and was covered with bunting. Above the entrance of the Armories were two large streamers namely: ‘God Save the King’ and ‘Britannia Rules the Waves.’

Col. Ponton was chairman of the meeting and associated with him on the platform were members of the City Council, prominent citizens and a number of ladies, who have been prominent in patriotic work.

The proceedings were opened with prayer by Ven. Archdeacon Beamish. Col. Ponton spoke briefly referring to how proud he and all were of the day. All were proud of the fact that with God’s guidance the victory had been achieved. …  All the speakers were accorded a hearty reception and their remarks were much appreciated by those who were able to hear them.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 1)

“Bancroft Wins Honor Flag. Bancroft district, consisting of Faraday and Dungannon townships, is the third district in the county to win the coveted Governor-General’s Honor Flag. They have reported not only enough to win the Honor Flag but also a crown, which represents 25 per cent more than the objective. Congratulations are due Dr. A. T. Embury, who is responsible for this magnificent result from the old townships of North Hastings. North Hastings has ever been true to every call made on her.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 3)

“All of Belleville Joined in The Parade. The peace procession yesterday for length, novelty and variety has never been equalled in the history of Belleville, led by Marshal John J. B. Flint on a spanking black charger. Every kind of vehicle profusely decorated was in line besides many people on foot. Many from the country also took part in the parade.

The school children bearing flags formed an interesting feature of the parade.

The empty coal carts bringing up the rear emphasized the necessity of filling up the coal bins.

The little girl on the pony had no difficulty keeping up with the procession.

Fish helped to win the war, and Ben Sanford was there to prove it, a case of Fish and Foch.

The Public and High School cadets were well represented.

The Bell Telephone Co. was represented by a float showing phone poles with linemen at work.

Chief Brown’s fire laddies made a gallant appearance.

The bull dog carrying in his mouth the British flag and seated on the radiator of an automobile emphasized ‘What we have we’ll hold.’

The Salvation Army Band and soldiers lent color and music to the occasion.

The 15th Regimental Band played up to the best tradition of this patriotic organization.

Many returned veterans of the great war bearing the scars of conflict were conspicuous in the parade.

Albert College students were there with bells on led by the principal Dr. Baker. Old Albert has a proud war record.

Mayor Platt and members of the City Council were prominent in the parade.

Effigies of the ex-Kaiser, Crown Prince and Hindenburg were numerous and there were many striking mottoes.

A horse with overalls adorning his legs was a funny feature. The equestrian wore a plug hat of ancient vintage.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 3)

“ ‘The Day’ The war is won. The guns are silent—the trenches are vacant—bloodshed has ceased—Democracy is triumphant—freedom is assured.

In this day of thankful joy and glorious triumph let us not forget the imperative duty lying immediately before us. Let us manfully, dutifully and determinedly round out the nation’s splendid effort.

Let us be as big in this triumphant day as our men have been heroic in the fiery din and blood peril of battle. Buy Victory Bonds.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 5)

“Christ Church Peace Service. When the news of the signing of the armistice terms became known yesterday, Rev. Rural Dean Swayne, Rector of Christ Church immediately notified as many of his parishioners as he could reach by telephone that a service of Thanksgiving and praise would be held in Christ Church at nine o’clock in the morning. The result was a large congregation and complete choir at the special service which was of a very interesting nature.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 5)

“Two Editions Before Noon. An Intelligencer extra edition was on sale before ten o’clock yesterday morning and copies were sold as fast as the big web press could turn them out. The extra was very much appreciated by the citizens who were eager to get the details not supplied by the bulletins. The final edition was published at noon after which the staff joined the celebration. Every copy of both editions was eagerly snapped up and early in the afternoon not one of the four thousand papers printed was left.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 6)

Charles Herbert Brooke“Lieut. Brooks Wounded. Mr. Charles Herbert Brooks residing at 78 Victoria Avenue, city, is in receipt of the following telegram: Sincerely regret to inform you, Lieut. Chas. Herbert Brooks, M.M. infantry officially reported wounded on Nov. 4.

Lieut. Brooks left Belleville with the 80th Battalion, and had previously been wounded.”