Empire Tea Room

136th Battalion collar tab The Empire Tea Room was a company of the younger women of Port Hope who organized themselves in November 1914 for the purpose of assisting the men at the front. the work that was forst undertaken and gave rise to the name was the serving of afternoon tea twice a week to those who cared to avail themselves of the service.

For four years this work was carried on continuously during the winter season and involved much labor. Other features were, from time to time, added to their efforts and the subjoined financial story tells of the results of their labors and the purposes to which their money was applied.

The Members of the Empire Tea Room were:

  • Manageress, Miss Hazel M. Burnham
  • Assistant Manageress, Miss Elizabeth McLean
  • Misses Baines, Bennett, Bolton, Brown, Budge, G. Burnham, Bush, Chalk, Chislett, Connell, Cooper, Croft, Curtis, Dann, Fligg, George, Gibson, Gifford, Gray, Hagerman, Hamilton, Hume, Lapp, Lightle, McClelland, McLennan, McMullen, Milson, Quinlan, Scott, Shorey, Smith,Thompson, Tuer, Vair, Walker, Westaway, White, Wickett and Wood.

The Empire Tea room was originated for the purpose of sending comforts to Canadians in Hospital. Among the special uses of some donations are:

  • 4 beds to Queens Canadian Military, Shorncliffe
  • 2 Radiant Heat Baths
  • 1 Vibratory Machine
  • 1 Ward at No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital at Le Tonquet, under the name of Empire Tea Room
  • 1 Ward at No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital at Le Tonquet, under the name of Port Hope
  • 1 Bed endowed at Roehampton, for legless and armless

The money was raised by the Tea-room throughout the winter, and occasional garden Fete, Fair Day luncheons, concerts, etc.

Port Hope Empire Tea Room Statement, January 1915, showing exact amounts and receiptsDollar amounts
No.2 Can. Sta. Hospital, LeTouquet, France1,750.00
No.7 Canadian General Hospital, France325.00
Shorncliffe Canadian ospital700.00
Clivedene Canadian Hospital200.00
Roehampton Hospital for the Armless and Legless337.50
Sailor's Hospital Greenwich425.00
Belgian Hospital, LePanne150.00
Toronto Red Cross100.00
Col. Arthur Williams Chapter I.O.D.E.100.00
Sand Bag Fund12.00
No. 5 Canadian General Hospital, Liverpool200.00
4 Port Hope Nurses44.90
St. Dustan's Blind Hospital325.00
Royal Canadian Regiment Fund100.00
Y.M.C.A. Toronto127.00
Canadian Navy League63.45
Cigarette and Candy Funds65.14
Field Kitchen, 136th Battalion41.00
Star and Garter, Totally Disabled Hospital, Richmond675.00
Cobourg Military Hospital150.00
Pearson Hall, Blind Hospital, Toronto150.00
Total donations for five seasons6,040.99
Total running expenses1,079.46
Bank balance41.90
Total receipts7,162.35
Hazel H. Burnham, Manageress.
Elizabeth McLean, Asst. Manageress,
PORT HOPE, MAY 31st, 1919.

Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario
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