100 Years Ago: Hastings County Needs One Million, Ritchie Store Wins Honor Flag, Ad for Sinclair’s, Trenton Celebrates, Voluntary Aid Corps Report, Community Dance, 39th Battalion Colors, Americans Aid Victory Loan

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 1)

“County Needs a Million In Two Days Left. The County of Hastings still needs nearly one million dollars to reach the Honor Flag objective. There are only two days of the campaign left. A tremendous effort is needed to reach this gigantic total, and everyone who has the honor of the old county at heart should pitch in and try to put it over the top in this, to be hoped, last patriotic effort of the war. …

From now until the end of the campaign all persons buying additional bonds will be presented with a ribbon to be worn under the button. This ribbon has the word ‘PLUS’ written on it, and shows that the wearer has come back for more Bonds. How many people in Belleville will wear the plus ribbon? …  Headquarters will be open day and night for the next two days, or until midnight Saturday, Nov. 16th. …

At Griffin’s Palace Theatre tonight in addition to the regular programme, two excellent Victory Loan Pictures will be shown, Lillian Gish and Norman Talmadge being the stars. Private Wm. Davies will also address the audience for five minutes between the pictures. The thanks of the people of Belleville are due to the Griffin Amusement Co. for its wholesome support in this Victory Loan Campaign. Mr. Tom Forhan, the popular local manager, has been tireless in his efforts to assist the Victory Loan Committee in every way, and his staff has been the same. Belleville won’t forget them.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 2)

“Ritchie Store Goes ‘Over the top’ For Victory Loan. It was a proud moment for The Ritchie staff last evening when they gathered together and were informed that they had been awarded the first 100 per cent Honor Flag that had been presented in Belleville or the county of Hastings during the present Victory Loan campaign. That is an honor and a distinction which they can well be elated over, and from all reports they are proud of their efforts toward the success of this most worthy of causes in Canada today.

Mr. W. B. Deacon, chairman of the local Victory Loan committee, made the presentation and congratulated the employees and members of the firm on their splendid showing of practical patriotism. Mr. Deacon then unfurled the much coveted Flag of Honor and presented it to the store and staff, a symbol not only for the present but for all time to come that The Ritchie Company and employees served Canada faithfully and well in her time of need. …  When the count had been taken after the last application had been signed it was found that $7,100.00 had been subscribed—it showed the Ritchie staff was 100 per cent patriotic and fully entitled to display the Honor Flag, which is now to be seen in one of their show windows. …

Three hearty cheers for Mr. W. B. Deacon and ‘God Save the King’ brought the happy meeting to a fitting close.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 2)

“Sinclair’s. Dresses For Every Peace Time Need.

Handsome Plush Coats At Moderate Prices. It is the dream of many women to possess a Plush Coat.

Please Bring Back Our Flags. Carried away by their enthusiasm on Monday, some person removed two large woollen flags used as decoration for this store. As these flags have been used for every celebration for the past twenty-five years we would be pleased if they were returned so that they could be used when the boys come back. No questions asked.

Buy Victory Bonds and Bring the Boys Home Sooner. Sinclair’s.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Trenton Celebrates The Signing Of Armistice Terms. Trenton citizens turned out en masse Monday afternoon to celebrate the glad tidings which were ushered in by the ringing of bells and the blowing of whistles about six a.m. The soldiers, headed by the band, started from the munition plant and paraded the principal streets, the boy scouts were out in fine form and a long parade of school children joined in the general good cheer by the singing of songs, shouting and blowing of horns and flag waving, and a large number of decorated autos. The Mayor and the town councilmen added to the festivities.

The Chemical works were closed down and many were the demonstrations of labor, the boys of the ‘Lab’ giving a fine representation equally by the men of the T.N.T. who were down town with huge pieces of boilers which had survived the explosion, loaded on gaily decked wagons and appropriately, as well as humorously, labelled ‘T.N.T.’ and ‘We Did Our Bit.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Voluntary Aid Corps. This organization which was formed for the purpose of helping those afflicted in the recent epidemic has practically finished its work. One hundred and fifteen cases were reported and every one of these were investigated, nursing help sent to 84 and nourishment to 96 different cases. There were 43 persons who volunteered to assist as nurses, thirty-four people who offered the use of their cars to convey the nurses to their work and also in the distribution of nourishment.

The High School Science Kitchen was in operation for almost three weeks for the purpose of providing nourishment and hundreds of gallons of broth and soups were made and distributed in addition to puddings, custards, etc. This work was carried on by Miss Libby and Miss Dulmage of the High School staff who were assisted by a great many ladies who volunteered their services to help in the kitchen, and a great many others sent in delicacies ready for distribution. The urgency forbade time being taken to keep a detailed list of the help given and the great amount of supplies of all kinds that were sent in.

The Executive wish to take this opportunity of thanking all those who in any way assisted either with donations of money, supplies, giving their time or supplying care. It was only by the excellent response of the citizens that the organization was able to do the large amount of work that was done.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Community Dance. An unsigned communication to The Intelligencer suggests that public rejoicing be continued with a ‘community dance’ held on Front Street with a block roped off for joy purposes and the dancers to wear fancy costumes.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 5)

“The 39th Batt. Colors. The Trustees of the 39th Battalion Colors have communicated their wish to Ven. Archdeacon Beamish, Rector of St. Thomas’ Church, to present and deposit the regimental colors next Sunday at eleven o’clock in St. Thomas’ Church. The commanding officer Col. Preston, of Orangeville, is expected to be present, and to be assisted by Col. Smart, O.C., who was second in command of the 39th Batt. And by the officers and men of the Depot Battalion, who will parade to St. Thomas’ Church to assist in the ceremony.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Americans Are Aiding. The Special Subscription Committee representatives of the Victory Loan organization, who have been getting in touch with the American institutions doing business in Canada are now beginning to send in their reports, which are proving most gratifying. At the head of the list is the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, with a subscription of $5,500,000. This is the largest subscription received from the United States, and is in addition to $5,000,000 subscribed to the last loan. The local Metropolitan staff are 100 per cent subscribers to the Victory Loan.”