three hundred children of rural schools in Windham, Woodhouse, Middleton,
Townsend and Houghton Townships are doing their little part to help the
Empire in "the great war" to maintain liberty and right.
These children are
growing what are known as "Potato War Plots." The seed is
supplied and the growing plots are to be inspected by the local branch of
the Department of Agriculture.
Next fall the
children with war plots in each township will take the produce of
their plots to a central collecting point. When all the potatoes are
gathered together they will be forwarded at the Norfolk Rural School
Children's contribution to the war funds, and it will be no mean
It is not only the
children of Norfolk County that are doing the work, but the children of
nearly every county in Ontario.
One small potato plot
of two square rods does not seem much to help the war fund, but [it] is
not one only, but 87 plots in Middleton, 60 in Townsend, 29 in Woodhouse
and 17 in Houghton, or a total of 296 plots in Norfolk equivalent to 3
acres, 112 sq. rods. This multiplied by the 40 counties in Ontario
carrying on the work means 148 acres.
contribution will not be measured by a few pounds or a few bushels or a
few bags, but in car-loads and car-loads, and then some.
The following shows
the way in which the children of the schools in the various townships have
volunteered to contribute to the war fund in this very practical way.