The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Feb. 22, 1919 Continued
WOMEN IN WAR WORK
There seems to be a lack of knowledge in the community in regard to the workings of the home service department and we wish to again make it plain to every soldier’s family that we have a department of this kind right here in Medford and a most efficient woman at the head of the department who will at all times answer any inquiry regarding allowance, compensation or any matter whatsoever that had to do with a soldier or his family. This is not a charitable institution, but one authorized by the United States government for the sole purpose of keeping in touch with every one of Uncle Sam’s laddies, and rendering any service, great or small, that will give those remaining at home, comfort. Tell your troubles, your hopes or fears to Mrs. Schieffelin and great good will be the result, for she is in constant touch with the government on matters pertaining to the soldier.
Anyone having Red Cross yarn to knit into garments will please finish the garment as soon as possible, for the Red Cross is anxious to make a shipment.
We have 370 lbs. of yarn to be made into garments for women and children. Several ladies are now working on samples and as soon as these are completed instructions will be given at the knitting room and every captain of a knitting unit is earnestly requested to watch the paper for the cue when to call at Red Cross for proper instructions, and gather her crew of knitters together for the emergency.
Draw again the knitting needles that temporarily were sheathed following the signing of the armistice. Hands that became expert in wielding them in thousands of Red Cross work rooms, when there were garments to be made for our boys in camps and trenches, have new work to do and this time it is not a matter of supplying comforts; it is one of relieving actual and terrible suffering. Patriotism never had any finer personification than in the case of millions of American women who responded to the country’s call and became the “army behind the army.” Now it is humanity that calls. Women and children all over Europe are suffering for the lack of proper clothing. It is to supply in some measure the crying needs in this line of relief that the Red Cross chapters are now summoned to a new knitting task, and yarn originally intended for soldiers’ garments is to be made available as quickly as possible for the making of stockings, mufflers and sweaters for children, and shawls for women.