The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Dec. 7, 1918
WOMEN IN WAR WORK
Mrs. Elizabeth Dodge is campaign manager of the Red Cross Christmas roll call, and universal membership is the goal. Let us make Jackson County 100 percent to the good, in the drive that is about to take place which is for membership only.
What is the home service department? is asked many times by people interested in Red Cross work. It is a branch of the Red Cross created especially to look after the comforts and welfare of the families of soldiers and sailors, during their absence over seas and to minister to their wants, if necessary, in a quiet and kindly manner.
It isn’t a charity institution any more than the Red Cross in France or any other country is a charity institution, yet it maintains a careful watch and keeps a sheltering arm — as “the Father” doth his children — over those of the soldiers’ families who have not all the comforts of life and those who are ill and in distress. In cases where a remittance is slow in coming or goes astray, a word to Mrs. Charles Schiffelin will bring quick results, and all applications are treated in a confidential manner and information gladly and quickly given.
Since October 15th, 130 discharged and disabled soldiers and sailors have been referred to the Home Service sections through the northwestern division office.
The National Association of Credit Men have placed its facilities at the disposal of the American Red Cross for the benefit of any business carried on by families of soldiers and sailors. Through this arrangement the adjustment bureau of each local association will cooperate with the local Red Cross Home Service wherever the business of any of our fighting men needs any expert commercial advice or relief during their absence.
Mrs. Leonard, as chairman of a committee of ladies, spent four days inspecting and wrapping over 500 Christmas boxes packed with foodies from the home folks for the Jackson County boys overseas. The local chapter sent 12 boxes (our allotment) to boys without relatives in this country. Mrs. McCormic was chairman of the committee that purchased and packed these Christmas boxes.
Red Cross sewing rooms are sadly in need of women to work on the refugee garments that are allotted to Medford chapter. Appeal after appeal has been made through the local press and still scarcely any response, which is very disappointing to those in charge and surely is not a flattering report of the heretofore splendid attendance and work done by this chapter.