100 Years Ago: Gradual Return of Men, Telephone Operators Appreciated, Pupils’ Essay Contest on War, Lewis Kellar Gassed

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 2)

“Gradual Return of Overseas Men. Ottawa. In a conference with the Militia Department the Reconstruction Committee of the Cabinet decided that there should be a gradual return of overseas men, so that they may easily be absorbed as they come. They will be taken to whichever of twenty dispersal districts is nearest their home and there discharged.

In England a census of the men is being taken now to discover who have jobs open for them, business or farms to go to, what they would like to do, and how many desire or need re-education to fulfil their ambitions. …

Plans are also in preparation for bringing back the 4,000 men engaged in Canadian coastal naval service. Efforts will be made to get long service and pivotal occupation men back first.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 6)

“ ‘Hello’ Girls Service Is Appreciated. The courtesy and special service of Bell Telephone Co. operators during the recent period of excitement caused by great events of world-wide interest has been recognized in the following circular issued by the General Manager of the Bell Telephone Co.:

‘The splendid work of the operators of our telephone system during the armistice rumors is a matter to command admiration. Simply deluged with calls far beyond their capacity to handle under normal conditions the telephone girls threw themselves determinedly into the breach to meet the crisis, foregoing rest and food in order to meet the situation. It was real war work, just as much as in a munitions plant, for in disseminating to the public service was being performed of an essential nature, closely correlated to the civilian’s need in supporting the boys at the front. The Telephone operators deserve the gratitude of the community.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 7)

“School Children’s Contest. An essay contest is being conducted at Griffin’s Theatre this week under the auspices of the Quinte Chapter, I.O.D.E. Prizes will be awarded for the best essay on the war not to exceed one hundred words in length, a committee of teachers to act as judges. The contestants will be divided into four classes, according to age as follows: 7 to 9 years, 9 to 11 years, 11 to 13 years, 13 to 15 years, and for the best essay submitted in each of these classes a cash prize of $2.50 will be given. The essays are to be handed in at the Wednesday afternoon matinee at Griffin’s and the winners will be announced at the Saturday morning matinee when Griffin’s special feature picture ‘The Great Love’ will be presented. A percentage of the proceeds of the special matinee will be received by Quinte Chapter to be devoted to patriotic purposes.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. Kellar Gassed. Mr. Lewis Kellar, of this city, is in receipt of the following telegram: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you Pte. Lewis Kellar, infantry, officially admitted to 4th General Hospital, Danne Camieres, on November 6th—gassed.’ ”