March 21, 1917
CONROY LIKELY TO ENTER NAVY
Dr. Robert J. Conroy of Medford has been offered and probably will accept a commission as assistant surgeon in the United States navy, the position carrying the rank of lieutenant. Dr. Conroy will go to Portland within a few days where he will take examinations preparatory to actively entering the services.
Holders of such commissions are liable to call at any time on sea or on land. For a time Dr. Conroy will be connected with the local navy recruiting office in Medford, but in the event of hostilities will be called into active service.
Six such appointments have been made in Oregon and Washington, one being selected from Salem, Medford and Portland in Oregon; Seattle, Spokane, and Walla Walla in Washington.
Dr. J. J. Emmens was named Medford alternate.
NEW UNIT OF RED CROSS TO BE ORGANIZED HERE
A meeting for the organization of a Rogue River Branch of the American Red Cross will be held in Medford as soon as word is received from William Hush, field organizer of the society. Announcement will be made as far in advance as possible in order to give everyone a chance to be present at the organization meeting.
Word has been received from John L. Clymr, director of the Pacific division, that he considers this territory particularly advantageous for this work.
The American Red Cross is chartered by congress, the president of the United States is president of the society, its reports are made to congress and its accounts are audited by the war department. Its object is the bringing of help to all who need it both in times of peace and in war. In great calamities such as the San Francisco fire, the Ohio floods, the Titanic and Eastland disasters the Red Cross is the channel through which help comes. In organizing the branch it will be necessary to appoint committees for civilian relief, military relief, membership, publicity and finance.