This remarkable letter conveys an eye-witness account of neighbors helping neighbors, wherein residents of rural Alberta came together without bureaucratic intervention nor any formal organization to restore a family who lost everything to a house fire.
Neighbors from far and near appeared and with army precision set about the business of building a new log cabin.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/SCOTT PROKOP
Around the turn of the century my grandfather, Roy Wheeler, left the Chicago area with his family to homestead in Canada. The following letter, written to his Aunt Florence in Illinois, was just recently uncovered . . . and I think it expresses the same ideals of love of the land, backcountry people, and neighbors helping neighbors that we and other readers of MOTHER EARTH NEWS are striving for.
19 August 1918