Forty Cents a Day

In 1917, Skidmore watched and prayed as each train carried away its sons to training camps – their boys were soon to become soldiers and sailors in World War I.  The paper reported who was being drafted, who was exempted, and who was already in service to the country.

The November 1, 1917 edition of the Skidmore News gives us a glimpse into the life of one Skidmore soldier with what sounds success at a tough job:

Neal Montgomery writes to his parents that he has been selected as mess sergeant.  That is he has to purchase food for about 200 persons and must limit the cost to 40 cents a day.  Guess he must be a good provider, as he has to eat from his own menus and he now weighs over 170 pounds.