A. Henry wins $50 bond, sumptuous dinner servedGeneral’s chair collapses, bang-up supper blamed.
The climax of the mammoth reception held for veterans of World War 1 and 2 here on Saturday was the sumptuous cold-meat supper served in the Lindsay Armouries by the ladies of Queen Street United Church under the capable supervision of Mrs. R.W. Craighead.
Prior to the veterans’ arrival from other entertainments the ladies had arranged several long tables laden with what proved to be a most appetizing and tasty supper. A red, white and blue colour scheme prevailed in the interior decorative efforts and according to Rev. H.C. Wolfraim seating accommodation for 748 people was arranged.
Prayer by the Legion Chaplain, Rev. P.C. Reed opened the banquet and many were the handclasps as old friends, met over cold pork, beef, vegetables several kinds of pie and cake, buns, tea, coffee, etc. Everyone to whom the subject was mentioned joined in their appreciation of the meal. A soldier, wearing the Second Divisional patch, attributed the accident, which occurred later in the evening, when General B. Matthews’ chair broke and he fell to the floor, to the “bang-up supper”.
Community singing, led by Comrade Hercock, of Cobourg, filled in while some finished eating, after which Mr. G.A. Bent, Warden of Victoria County, and Reeve R. Butler speaking for the Mayor of Lindsay, officially welcomed the assembled servicemen back to their homes.
The next item on the program was the draw for the $50 Victory Bond, won by Mr. A. Henry, 64 St. Paul St., Lindsay.
Mr. Geo. Brennan, well-known Haliburton magician, held the attention of the audience with his sleight-of-hand tricks. This was followed with a solo by Comrade Hercock, “The Trumpeter”.
At this juncture Hon. L.M. Frost, M.P.P. introduced the guest speaker, Major General B. Matthews, at the same time adding his welcome to those of Mr. Bent and Reeve Butler. He stated that Gen. Matthews had been chosen as speaker because he was, in a sense, also a veteran of Victoria County, his father having been one of the early residents of Lindsay, living on Kent Street for many years.
After General Matthews’ speech, appearing elsewhere in this edition of the Post, Capt. Bruce Maidens who served Overseas with the Second Division, thanked the General for his talk on the veterans place in the community, on behalf of all present, and as an Officer who had served under him when he was G.O.C. 2nd Division.
Pat McIntosh and his troupe, from Toronto, who featured “Marjorie” as M.C. tap dancing by “Lois”, accordion selections by “Edith”, Pat McIntosh as comedian, and magician, Ernie Cavell, was a highlight of the evening and delighted the audience until after 10.30, this brought the celebration in the Armouries to a close.