Report From 1918 Alberta and 1973 Arkansas: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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.

| July/August 1973

  • Greyscale log cabin
    Neighbors from far and near appeared and with army precision set about the business of building a new log cabin.
    PHOTO: FOTOLIA/SCOTT PROKOP

  • Greyscale log cabin

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.  


Kinuso, Alberta
19 August 1918



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