The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Dec. 21, 1918
WOMEN IN WAR WORK
After the holiday season is over the women of Medford will have two or three whole months of leisure before house cleaning time. Won’t you dig up your patriotism that has lain dormant since the armistice was signed and come to the Red Cross sewing rooms? There is an abundance of work and the need of many hands that can make quick work of the big allotment of refugee garments is very urgent.
Medford has been right up to the scratch in everything required of her in the Red Cross work and we must not falter now.
“The Greatest Gift” film, a roll call movie, has just been released to stimulate interest in the Christmas Roll Call. “It is based on the theme that he who desires happiness must give happiness” and the more he gives the greater will be his return. It is a Lask Corporation and features Agnes Tate, who posed for the famous poster (by A. E. Foringer) “The Greatest Mother in the World,” in a chain of episodes from the Scriptures of ancient Egyptians, Hindus, Hebrews and others and traces the ideal of service down through the ages to the present time, showing the Red Cross today is doing the things, which the teachers of mankind have pointed out as marking the only pathway to enduring happiness. The settings and services of actors contributed to produce “The Greatest Gift” represented a money value of $10,000, and through the courtesy of Samuel Untermeyer, the famous Florence Flemming Noves dancers contributing to the picture, were permitted to pose in the Greek gardens of the Untermeyer estate at Hastings-on-the-Hudson.
Medford chapter A. R. C., is in distress over the situation as it exists in the workrooms. The demand for flu masks is still very great and orders from the local drug stores can not be filled. There are women who come to the R. C. headquarters and buy masks, but won’t give any time to making them, and some of the ladies who have worked ever since the epidemic started, are worn out and positively refuse to work longer. The rooms are warm, and unless more women volunteer their services for work at the Red Cross rooms they will have to close and in the face of the flu epidemic. That would not only be disastrous, but a disgrace and not in keeping with Red Cross principle.
Mrs. Mears will be at the rooms Monday, and it is hoped there will be enough women present to make flu masks to last the remainder of the week.
In the name of humanity, women of Medford, help us with this work and believing you will, the Red Cross wishes you all a merry Christmas and Happy New Year.