100 Years Ago: Iced Cakes for Christmas, Badges for Food Production, Eric Oscar Keeler Receives Military Cross

The Intelligencer November 29, 1918 (page 1)

“Iced Cakes For Christmas According To Food Board. Local Bakers Received Announcement Today from Food Board—This Will Open Up Work For Many Girls and Women. Cakes iced with sugar will be here for Christmas. Puffed pastry will also make its appearance again. Cake-makers here received yesterday morning from Ottawa the following notice lifting the ban on iced cakes.

Notwithstanding anything contained in any order of the Canada Food Board this letter will be your authority to use what part of your allotment of sugar that you desire for the icing or filling of biscuits, cakes, etc. You will understand that the permission to ice and fill biscuits, cakes, etc., does not entitle you to any further allotment of sugar for this purpose, but merely permits the use of your present allotment in this manner if you so desire.

Notwithstanding anything contained in any order of the Canada Food Board you are permitted to manufacture products known as French or puffed pastry, doughnuts, or crullers, biscuits or cakes known as Scotch shortbread or cake, provided such is manufactured only with vegetable fats. The shortage of animal fats makes it necessary that the restriction on the use of animal fats is continued.

One of the most qualifying features of the new order is the fact that the manufacture of iced cakes, fancy pastries and biscuits will now be able to give employment to a great many people who, by reason of the closing of the munition factories, would be out of work at Christmas time. It was intimated that one biscuit factory would be able to employ two hundred girls right away owing to the text of the order from Ottawa.”

The Intelligencer November 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Badges for Food Production. The Organization of Resources Committee, representing the Ontario Government and Legislature of their plans for encouraging the production of food as a war-time service has had prepared a food production service badge for awarding to children and others who have done good work during the past season.”

The Intelligencer November 29, 1918 (page 8)

Eric Keeler“Awarded Military Cross. Another Belleville boy has won distinction at the front, by acts of bravery on the field of battle. Mr. E. O. Keeler, chief despatcher of the G. T. R. here, is in receipt of a letter from his son, Eric O. Keeler, which states he had been decorated with the Military Cross. The recipient is a young man who is well known in this city. He enlisted and went overseas with the 207th Battalion of Ottawa which unit was broken up in England and subsequently merged with the 38th Battalion. Previous to enlistment he was employed in the Post Office here. The many friends of the young man will be pleased to learn of the distinction which has been conferred upon him.”