100 Years Ago: County’s Honor at Stake, Demobilization to Begin, Soldiers’ Christmas Parcels, Ads for Victory Bonds, More Ads for Victory Bonds, Scholars Buy Bonds, Depot Battalion Soldiers to Siberia, Oliver William Munnings Wins Military Medal, Special Thanksgiving Postponed, Tag Day, Boosting Victory Loan, Deer Season Extended, Ad for Grape Nuts, Protest of Ministerial Association, Ad for Gillette

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 1)

“Last Opportunity To Uphold The County’s Honour. The County of Hastings has subscribed $1,071,000 of the Victory Loan. This includes special subscriptions. The Honor Flag objective is $2,500,000 with special subscriptions. Can we reach it? If not, the County of Hastings will be distinguished by the absence of its name on the Honor list of the Fifth Victory Loan Campaign of Canada. …

Up to last night the City of Belleville reported $564,750, which leaves $135,250. Yesterday the subscriptions in Belleville totalled $61,050. This will be increased today and tomorrow. There is little doubt but that Belleville will win the coveted Honor Flag. However, every dollar subscribed will help the County over the hump. Get together Belleville and work hard to uphold the fair name of our old County.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 1)

“Demobilization Will Soon Begin With Soldiers in Canada. Ottawa. There are at present 33,000 Canadian soldiers in hospitals in England and 10,000 in France. These it is proposed will be returned as their condition permits and as accommodation is provided in Canada to receive them. …

But demobilization is to start at home first. There are in Canada at present 71,000 men in khaki. Of these 10,000 are returned men in hospitals and 16,000 are men on harvest leave from the draft. These latter will simply be called upon to report and secure their medical examination so that they need be discharged without the danger of subsequent claims for pension being made on the Government.

It is expected that the demobilization of those in camps at present will take but a few days and may start soon. Little dislocation will follow their absorption back to civil life as there is at present a demand for labor in most branches of industry and business. It is possible that four or five thousand of them will be retained in khaki some time.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 1)

“Soldiers’ Christmas Parcels Should be Mailed At Once. Ottawa. Dr. Coulter, Deputy Postmaster-General, advises people to forward all Christmas parcels for soldiers immediately. It is doubted whether any troops will have returned before Christmas, so that it is felt that parcels should be forwarded. It is not expected peace will improve the transportation situation, so that it is strongly advised that parcels should be sent without delay. …  Parcels for France should at the very latest be mailed by the 15th of this month. Those for England should be posted not later than the end of November to ensure delivery near Christmas.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 2)

“ ‘Your Investment. Can you feel the pinch? If not, keep on buying Victory Bonds. Buy Victory Bonds To Your Limit. Adams The Shoeman.’

‘Line Up Belleville For the great Victory March past our objective. Buy Victory Bonds and Buy More of Them! Angus McFee, Mfg. Optician.’

‘Canada Needs Your Dollars. Hurry and Buy Victory Bonds. Arthur McGie Merchant Tailor. 208 Front St., Belleville.’

‘Be a True Patriot and Buy Victory Bonds to the utmost of your ability. Wallbridge & Clarkes. Canada Food Board Licenses 8-2252 & 8-2253.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“ ‘Line Up Belleville. Line Up for the Greatest Cause in Canada Today. Buy Victory Bonds. This Week is Our last Chance to Show Our Patriotism So Lend, Lend, Lend. The Haines Shoe Houses, Belleville, Napanee, Smith’s Falls.’

‘For Canada. Most men will lend to their friends in time of need. Every man should lend to his country in her need—for ‘her need is his’—so let’s show our patriotism. Buy Victory Bonds. ‘The Beehive’ Chas. N. Sulman.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Scholars Buy Bonds. The teachers of Christ Church Sunday School assisted by Rev. Rural Dean Swayne have been calling on the parents of the scholars and other members of the congregation this week and will continue to do so this evening to try and obtain enough money to take at least two ‘VICTORY BONDS’ in honor of the boys who have answered Duty’s call.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Off for Siberia. Thirty-seven members of the First Depot Battalion which is stationed in this city, have been selected to go to Siberia. Lieut. Lord will be what is termed the conducting officer. Twenty-one members of the Second Depot Battalion at Ottawa arrived in Belleville today to join those who are leaving here. It is expected that the party will leave here at 4.45 tomorrow for Toronto, where they will join a contingent and proceed to Vancouver, B. C., which is the mobilizing centre.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Won Military Medal. Mrs. O. W. Munnings, who resides at 85 Lewis Street, city, received a letter from her husband, Sergt. O. W. Munnings, stating that he had been awarded the Military Medal for an act of bravery on the field in France, and also three stripes. Sergt. Munnings left Belleville with the 254th Battalion known as ‘Quinte’s Own Battalion.’ His many friends will be pleased to learn of the honors bestowed upon him.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Special Thanksgiving Postponed. The special day of Thanksgiving for Victory authorized by the Government has been postponed until Sunday, December 1.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Tag Day Tomorrow. The headquarters for the Argyll Chapter I.O.D.E. during their tag day, Saturday, will be the association rooms of the Great War Veterans in the Corby building. The Veterans’ Association have offered their rooms to any of the ladies’ societies who have always assisted the veterans in their various ventures.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Boosting Victory Loan. The following telegram was received this afternoon: ‘To Victory Loan Headquarters, Belleville, Ont.: Our employees at Belleville have subscribed for $18,400 Victory Bonds to be credited to your section. The Steel Co. of Canada Limited.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Deer Season Extended. An extension of the open season for deer to November 30 is announced by the Department of Game and Fisheries. The causes given are the influenza epidemic and the Victory Loan campaign. The territory affected is that lying north and west of the French River.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“A Combination of Good Qualities invites your attention to Grape:Nuts. No sweetening required. No cooking. Needs but little milk or cream. Fine with evaporated milk. Keeps indefinitely. Not a particle of waste. A wonderfully attractive flavor.

‘There’s a Reason’ for Grape-Nuts. Canada Food License No. 2-026.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 8)

“Public Protest of Ministerial Asso’n. The Ministerial Association of Belleville met this afternoon and at the conclusion of the meeting the following was handed to the press:

‘In view of the fact that an item appears in our city papers intimating that the trustees of the colors of the 39th Regt. have ordered them to be deposited in St. Thomas’ Church, we the members of the Belleville Ministerial Association register our protest against this proceeding.

The members of all our churches in Belleville were proud when their boys responded so fully and so heartily at their country’s call. They were no less gratified that no one church could claim exceptional devotion to duty in military service on the part of its sons. We believe these colors will be treasured memorials to all who enlisted for service under them. We regret therefore that their final disposition has not been settled in some democratic way. We believe that the concentration of the colors of various regiments enlisted in this city in one particular church is an injustice done to the boys of our several congregations who on their return from the war will worship God in the churches of their choice. It is on their behalf that we raise this protest.’ C. T. Scott, Pres., D. C. Ramsay, Sec.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 11)

“Shop Early Ship Early. Especially Soldiers’ Gifts. Consider this! The Canadians are still on the move. In any event, it will be months before they are all home. Meanwhile many a soldier leaves behind and loses part of his belongings.

A great many soldiers are anxiously hoping that the folks at home will send them a Gillette Razor or Blades for Christmas. You cannot do better than decide to send a Gillette Safety Razor. The Useful Gift. There need be no fear of duplication, for if a soldier has not lost the Gillette you gave him before, the Gillette set you send him now will be in great demand by less fortunate pals, and he can readily convert it into cash.

Send Your Christmas Parcels for the Front within the next week.

Gillette Safety Razor Co. of Canada, Limited.”