100 Years Ago: Ritchie Employees Celebrate Victory, Railway Men to Be Released, Rule Britannia, Miss Palen’s Inspiration, John Thomas Hutchinson Ill, Billie Riggs and Vernon Doolittle Honored, County Council Opened by Prayer

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 3)

“Ritchie Employees Celebrate Victory. Last evening the spacious Mantle Room of the Ritchie Store was a riot of color and merriment in honor of the great allied victories on land and sea. On this occasion the Ritchie staff and wives, were the guests of Mr. Reid, Managing Director of the firm and the event was taken full advantage of by all. Everyone was attired in masquerade apparel and the collection of costumes was varied and numerous—presenting a weird and fantastic appearance—that helped to make the evening the decided success it really was.

The costume judges were Mrs. (Dr.) Scott, Miss A. Reid, and Mrs. C. M. Reid and they ably handled the difficult problem in a very impartial manner bestowing the honor prizes on Mr. B. Gilchrist as ‘Dutchy’ and Miss Mabel Thompson as ‘Minnie Ha Ha.’

A short and delightful programme was carried through by members of the staff, consisting of solos, scotch dancing, orchestra selections, readings and choruses, etc.

Dr. Scott gave a short spicy address on timely topics that were of interest to all. Mr. Reid and Mr. W. B. Deacon spoke along patriotic lines and then the evening was given over to various kinds of enjoyment: dancing, carpet ball, cards, etc.

At eleven o’clock the merrymakers adjourned to the gaily decorated millinery parlors and partook of a dainty luncheon, after which Mr. Thompson and Mr. Bryant passed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Reid and the Refreshment Committee for their kindness and thoughtfulness on this occasion.

‘God Save the King’ brought the happy gathering to a close in the early hours of the morning.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“R’y. Men Released. All men who were railway employees when they were called up for volunteers for service, and are desirous of obtaining their discharges are to be released from service immediately.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“ ‘Rule Britannia.’ Not the least interesting feature of the gathering of the Victory Loan Campaign workers at the Hotel Quinte on Wednesday evening was the singing of ‘Rule Britannia’ by Mr. S. Burrows, who was in splendid voice and rendered this stirring patriotic song with great expression. The true Canadianism and strong Imperial sentiments of ‘Burrows of Belleville’ are never in doubt.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Miss Palen’s Inspiration. Miss Helen B. Palen, one of the four Ontario women recently called to the bar, tells ‘Everywoman’s World’ of her inspiration and aspirations as follows: ‘I studied law because the profession offers exceptional possibilities for development of minds, sympathy and knowledge of human affairs. Also because it was practically a new departure for women and the experience had something of the appeal for adventure. I was articled to John B. Holden, of the firm of Holden & Grover, Toronto, and shall probably practise in Belleville.’

Miss Palen was born in Belleville, Ontario, and is the daughter of the late E. L. Palen, Esq., and Helen Blackley, the latter having been a first cousin of Helen B. Anderson, Consecon, their fathers, the late James Blackley of Stirling and Robert of Gilead, having been brothers.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Seriously Ill. Mrs. J. Hutchinson, residing at 11 Harriett Street, is in receipt of the following telegram which arrived yesterday: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you that your son (412121) Pte. John Thomas Hutchinson, infantry, is officially reported seriously ill in No. 4 Scottish General Hospital, Glasgow, November 18th. No particulars given.’

Pte. Hutchinson enlisted with the 39th Battalion which went from Belleville on the 23rd of June 1915. Later he was transferred to the 14th Battalion and a little later to the Tunnelling Co. He was with this company for some time when he was again transferred to the Mortar Battery. He remained with this corps until a few months ago when he saw service with the 7th Canadian Battalion. Since leaving Canada Pte. Hutchinson has neither been wounded or sick except with a slight touch of tonsillitis. He was well known about Belleville as he has always lived here. His many friends will regret to learn of his illness.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Singularly Honored. Two well-known Belleville boys, who have been overseas for some time doing their bit were recently singularly honored. They were privates ‘Billy’ Riggs and Vernon Doolittle and they were chosen to represent their depot battalion at the Lord Mayor’s show in London.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Opened by Prayer. For the first time in Victoria County the regular session of the County Council, which opened on Tuesday, did so with the reading of the psalms and the rendering of prayer and thanks to God. After a word of thanks for great victory and peace, Warden Hawkins called on F. H. McIntosh of St. Andrew’s Church to read the 124th and 125th Psalms, after which Canon Marsh offered up a prayer, the members all joining in repeating the Lord’s prayer at the close.”