100 Years Ago: Private Leo Sullivan Recovering, The Call of the Farm

The Intelligencer August 7, 1917 (page 2)

“Pte. Sullivan Is Recovering. The following telegram from the Director of Records, Militia Department, Ottawa, has been received by Mrs. Kathleen Sullivan in regard to her soldier husband who has been undergoing treatment in an English military hospital: Ottawa, Ont., Aug. 3, 1917. Mrs. Kathleen Sullivan, 143 Lingham St., Belleville, Ont. Cable received from England states 636679 Private Leo. Sullivan at 1st Southam general hospital, doing very well, to be discharged shortly. Director of Records.”

The Intelligencer August 7, 1917 (page 4)

“The Call of the Farm. Ontario with the greatest crops in the history of the province faces the calamity of being unable to harvest the foodstuffs so much needed by the world today. …  Well-fed and prosperous Canadians are slow to awake to the real seriousness of the situation. With crops larger than ever before no vision of want threatens the average Canadian in his thoughtless complacency.

Does he forget that millions of men have been taken from the fields and productive agencies of the world to kill and destroy. Men employed formerly in production now devote all their energies to destruction. And these men have to be fed. Canada’s 400,000 fighting men, most of them overseas have to be fed, and as Food Controller Hanna says, will be fed first, and the foodstuffs of Canada will be conserved so that the needs of the army will always be protected. …

Many have answered the call—even women and boys are gathering in the golden grain, and setting a glorious example to the men to get into overalls and escape from the pent-up city and town to the sweet-smelling healthy air of the country where patriotism and pleasure can be so delightfully blended.”