Are some of your Ohio Foxes missing? Perhaps they made this exit to N.W. Canada?
Sat March 27, 1920 Dayton Daily Journal (Ohio)
When Farmers Emigrate
(from the Chicago Journal)
25 Farmers of central Ill. are leaving the state this morning in a special train for Canada.
They have sold their farms in this state for prices which would have been deemed fabulous a few years ago and are going to the Canadian N.W. where land is still cheap--at least by comparison.
42 freight cars are filled w/the equipment and live stock which they are carrying and the men & their families have 2 Pullman cars in this new "emigrant" train.
The loss of this group of farmers is worth everything, just in itself, and is decidedly serious when viewed as a symptom. These men are among the best landmasters. If one may revive an old phrase, that the state could furnish. They know the art of farming, both in theory and practice; and at a time when the country needs increased agricultural production as never before they are taking their capital,
trained skill and energy to another country.
Of individual blame in them after there is none. But what is the matter with our agricultural system when such men leave a state which still is but little more than half as densely populated as France, and go 2,000 miles to a strange land They are not alone; tens of thousands like them have gone in the last few years, and the exodus may well run into the thousands this year.
Is there not some way of keeping such men at home? At the very least, it is not the duty of state & nation to look into the causes of this emigration and see if reforms cannot be devised which will offset the lure of cheap land from the Canadian N.W.?