100 Years Ago: Concert, Canadians Land, Home Guard

The Intelligencer October 9, 1914 (page 2)

“The Palace Theatre was well filled last evening with an appreciative audience desirous of contributing to the Patriotic Fund. His Worship Mayor Wills presided, and …  asked all to stand by the colors of the Empire, doing their duty in whatever capacity demanded.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1914 (page 2)

“The announcement in London press that the first Canadian contingent was landing yesterday was disowned in all the official quarters. One result of the report was that the High Commissioner’s office was deluged by personal and telephone enquiries, but the invariable reply was, “No knowledge,” even to one fair caller, who tearfully begged for news.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1914 (page 3)

“March on Front Street Attracts Much Attention – Kilties Band Renders Inspiring Music. The Home Guard Reserve parade last night showed at once the enthusiasm which pervades the members. The kindness of Pipe Major Johnstone and the pipe band in turning out with The Reserve contributed in making the march-out the great success it was.”

100 Years Ago: Loyal Canadian, Gathering in Melrose

The Intelligencer October 10, 1914 (page 2)

“To the Editor of The Intelligencer. Sir — If I may trespass upon the space of a few lines in your paper, I shall feel obliged for the courtesy. I was watching the parade of our Home Guard last evening with deep interest and feeling. The few men did well, and it would be a most encouraging sign were a larger number to join their ranks. It is a shame and reproach to the male portion of our town (pardon, city) that we possess so few men on whom to depend should the army of Germans to the south of us elude the authorities holding them in check and invade Canada.

The silly creatures walking our streets, with hands in their pockets and pipes or gum in their mouths would be useless, even more so than at present. I was proud of those few men and wished I had some one belonging to me who could join their ranks. We do not need Carpet Knights who join for “social position.” We need a few men of courage. Every man who could shoulder a rifle should join our Home Guard. Loyal Canadian.”

The Intelligencer October 10, 1914 (page 2)

“At Melrose last night, in the Township Hall some very practical, and at the same time inspiring addresses were delivered to a large audience which gathered in this centre of the prosperous Township of Tyendinaga to complete the organization of the Township, begun at Shannonville, a short time ago, for the purpose of putting Tyendinaga in the first rank among the municipalities contributing to the Red Cross, the Patriotic and the Belgian funds. …

The Women’s Institutes were represented by the ladies in full force. …  Colonel W.N. Ponton appealed to Tyendinaga to furnish not merely money and materials but also manhood. …  A collection of about $60 was taken up and an organization was perfected to visit the home on every concession.”

100 Years Ago: Supplies to Belgium, Home Guard Poem

The Intelligencer October 15, 1914 (page 2)

“Four car loads of grain, produce, clothing and other supplies are being forwarded to the Belgiums from the County of Hastings from different points in the County via special steamship leaving Halifax on October 29th. The first car load is being forwarded from Stirling today. …

Throughout Hastings County the different municipalities have also collected considerable funds for the Patriotic Fund and it is contemplated to form a county organization in the near future to work in connection with the local organizations in the different municipalities.”

The Intelligencer October 15, 1914 (page 8)

Paving Front Street at Bridge Street East in front of New Balmoral Hotel ca. August 1914  (HC04214)
Paving Front Street at Bridge Street East in front of New Balmoral Hotel ca. August 1914 (HC04214)

“Belleville Home Guard. An original poem, composed and written by W. James Savage, a member of the Home Guard. …

O, haven’t you heard / Of the Belleville Home Guard, / With Colonel Lazier in command. / The tramp of our feet, / As we march the street, / On our new asphalt pavement, is grand. …

There are men in our town, / Who would rather go down, / To the pool-room, the show or the bar; / And squander his dimes, /  In these troublesome times, / When he ought to be thinking of war. …

Now just let me say / All who can’t go away. / To the scene where the strife has been stirred / Just do your next best, / And throw out your chest, / And drill with the Belleville Home Guard.”

100 Years Ago: 15th Regiment Marches

The Intelligencer October 17, 1914 (page 2)

“The Fifteenth Regiment, under command of Col. Marsh, had a march out last night headed by the Regimental Band. The turnout was a most creditable one, over 200 being in line. After a march up Front street the Regiment returned to the Armouries, where the commanding officer addressed the men, congratulating them upon the turnout. He advised all to turn out and be ready in case of emergency, which might arise at any time.”

100 Years Ago: Ad for Grape-Nuts

The Intelligencer October 21, 1914(page 2)

From Belleville Intelligencer newspaper, Oct 21, 1914
From Belleville Intelligencer newspaper, Oct 21, 1914

“War Reveals Waste of Food. Apprehensive over food shortage, the London press is advising the English people to save and utilize every article of food value, including the brawn coating of grain. Why? The outer coat of grain holds the precious mineral elements which means so much in vital building and upkeep of body, brain and nerves. And yet the modern miller throws out about four-fifths of these priceless food elements just to make the flour look white and pretty!

Isn’t it astounding that it took war to wake people up to such a fearful waste! Nearly twenty years ago the crying need of a food which would fill the lack caused by demineralized white flour products led to the making of Grape-Nuts. …  ‘There’s a Reason’ for Grape-Nuts—sold by Grocers everywhere.”

100 Years Ago: Belleville Recruits Second Contingent

The Intelligencer October 22, 1914 (page 2)

“Belleville Recruiting Second Contingent. Canada’s Second contribution to the Overseas forces who will fight for the Empire is now in process of enrollment, and lists have been opened at the Belleville Armouries for volunteers from Belleville and vicinity.

On Tuesday evening 10 men applied and were accepted, after being examined by Dr. MacColl, surgeon of the local regiment. Last night eight more were added to the list. Nearly everyone who enlisted and was accepted, were Englishmen, who are anxious to serve the Mother Country. Recruiting will proceed actively each evening, and officers will be present at the Armouries to receive applications and give all information.”

100 Years Ago: Flag Day, Letter from Soldier

The Intelligencer October 27, 1914 (page 2)

“The Red Cross …  In addition to the Hallowe’en Festival, which is to be held in the Armouries, the ladies have undertaken a Flag Day. This is one of the means most of the Red Cross workers have used to raise money, and has proven a very popular one. The flag is very dear to the British heart and every one is anxious to possess and wear one especially at this time.”

The Intelligencer October 27, 1914 (page 3)

“Letter from a Soldier Boy. Davenport, England, October 15, 1914. Dear Mother, Father, Sister and Brother: I am dropping you a few lines to let you know that we have arrived in the Old Country at last. Everything is fine, and we also had a fine voyage across the sea. I am sending you a couple of souvenirs of the transport, Saxonia, the ship we came across on. We have had very good luck with our horses, that is, considering the way they were packed in. Out of 633 horses we only lost 13 horses.

I was not the least bit seasick coming across and there were lots of the boys pretty sick. …   As far as war news is concerned, all we know is that the Allied armies are having the best of it, and the navy has got the German navy bottled up in the Kiel Canal and the North Sea. …  Well, I think I will close for this time, hoping you are well. I remain. Your loving son and brother, Gunner George E. Cronk.”

100 Years Ago: Red Cross Comforts to Sick, Wounded

The Intelligencer October 28, 2014 (page 7)

“The ladies of the Red Cross Committee of the Belleville Patriotic Society this morning received this communication from Dr. Chas. A. Hodgetts, the Red Cross Commissioner for Canada. Ottawa, Ont., Oct. 26, 1914.

Having learned that the good people of Belleville were making a special effort on behalf of the Red Cross Fund, I take the opportunity before leaving for England, to write you a few lines in explanation of what my duties will be as Canadian Red Cross Commissioner. The special function of the Red Cross is the giving or aid to the sick and wounded only, and in no way does the Red Cross dispense comforts to the healthy soldier. …   it will be necessary to follow up all of our loyal Canadians who may suffer from illness or become wounded in battle, no matter where they may be located.”

100 Years Ago: Boys at Salisbury Plain, Hallowe’en Night

The Intelligencer November 2, 1914 (page 1)

“A cable was received this morning from Capt. E.D. O’Flynn, who is absent with the Over Seas Contingent. He states that the boys are all well, that they are now at Bulford Camp, Salisbury Plains, England.

He says the Belleville boys won the tug of war and the light weight boxing championship on the voyage over, and that the boys were well and happy and ready to do the best they can for the honor of Canada and in defence of the Empire.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1914 (page 1)

“It was estimated that upwards of two thousand persons were on Saturday evening crowded into the armouries. The occasion was the entertainment under the auspices of the Red Cross Society. The various booths, elaborately decorated, and the midway were sources of great attraction. It being Hallowe’en night; many present were costumed and their dress attracted much attention. …

Upon the stage erected several numbers were given, including drills by the girls of the High School and the boys and girls of the Ontario School for the Deaf. The latter if possible excelled themselves and their marching and club swinging was of especial interest.”

100 Years Ago: 2nd Contingent Leaves

The Intelligencer November 3, 1914 (page 1)

“Thirty-nine young men who enlisted with the Fifteenth Regiment of this city, and thirty-nine who enlisted with the 49th Regiment of Hastings County left today for Kingston, as members of the second overseas contingent. …  The boys were given what they deserve–a hearty send-off, being cheered lustily along the line of march from the Armouries to the railway station, where they embarked. A large number accompanied the brave boys to the station and the 15th Regiment Band, playing stirring martial music, led the parade.”