100 Years Ago: Letter of Appreciation to Mrs. W. S. Minna, Sidney Farmers Protest

The Intelligencer May 9, 1918 (page 2)

“Soldier’s Appreciation. Feb. 7, 1918. Dear Mrs. W. S. Minna—Just a line to let you know that I have received the parcel that was sent to me by the Women’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association for Christmas, and you may be sure that I was more than pleased to get it. The parcel was in fine shape and everything inside was great but, then, leave it to the ladies of Belleville to see to that every time.

Our unit had real good luck today in the gift line as we received a complete baseball outfit, a gift, I understand, from the Ontario Government, and also a bale of comforts from Montreal through the Canadian War Contingent Association, so that all the boys are in high spirits.

Well, I must close now. Thanking you again for remembering me, and wishing the Association all kinds of success in their work for the boys, I remain, Yours very sincerely, C. H. McBride.”

The Intelligencer May 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Sidney Farmers Protest. A number of yeomen of the southern part of Sidney Township met on Monday afternoon to discuss the situation brought about by the recent changes in the Military Service Act as to cancellations of exemptions. Nearly all present expressed themselves as impressed by the seriousness of lack of help upon the farms and especially when more production is urged upon the farmers.

Those present placed themselves on record that while Canadians everywhere recognize the call for men, still the true farmer is very sincerely and strenuously answering the call upon the land to produce. The result of the meeting was that it was decided to have a deputation go to Ottawa and present their views upon the Government. The delegation will consist of Rev. L. M. Sharpe, Mr. Chas. H. Ketcheson, Mr. Geo. H. Nicholson and Mr. George Burkett. It is expected that delegations from other rural municipalities will wait upon the Government to urge exemptions in cases where it is considered necessary.”