November 13, 1913
The call set out for 50 volunteer workers to aid the rose committee yesterday brought a total of three. Miss Freda Benz appeared promptly at 9, and because of some practical knowledge gained in her uncle's greenhouse, was one of the most efficient workers. Others appeared later, and by noon good progress had been made, though the hardest of the two days' work came at 1 o'clock, when the labeled slips were sorted and tied into bundles. This work progressed at top speed, as it was desired to distribute as many as possible to the schools.
Mrs. Reddy, Mrs. Bird and Mr. Sheldon visited the Washington, Jackson and Roosevelt schools and the St. Mary's academy, where a bundle of five cuttings was received by each child. Most of the teachers also asked for cuttings. The committee feels that a real interest in rose planting has been aroused by this work.
Plans are being suggested, such as the neighborly clubs, where certain substantial prizes are offered for the best kept yard or the one showing the greatest improvement. Certainly something of this sort will be done in the near future.
The high school and the Lincoln school were the last to be supplied with rose cuttings. This was done this morning. This practically finishes the work of the committee, though it does not mean that the work of rose-planting is finished. There are huge bundles of labeled and unlabeled roses, all of the best varieties, that are to be distributed to all the school buildings and the hospital.
If less than 50 percent of these cuttings live, think what a wonderful amount of roses these bushes will produce in another year.
G.E. Pierce was unable to be present, but sent his gardener down, who did all the spraying of the cuttings. They were sprayed with formaldehyde to insure their being perfectly free from mildew.