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Mail Tribune 100

April 8, 1918


Soon after the parade and speeches at the park Saturday morning, women began gathering at the Medford hotel for an important meeting and luncheon which had been arranged by Mrs. Delroy Getchell, chairman of the Jackson county women’s Liberty loan committee. It was a splendid gathering of women, delegates being present from every district in Jackson county, and many prominent women from all parts of the county and city of Medford.

A most interesting program was listened to immediately after th luncheon, Mrs. Getchell presiding with her usual grace and charming manner, introducing each speaker with a few well-chosen words and thanking the 75 guests assembled for their hearty response to her invitation, and on behalf of the women of Medford she extended to the visitors a cordial welcome. After this, Mrs. Getchell explained the part women were expected to play in the Liberty loan campaign, their willingness to co-operate with the local committees of men in any and all war work the government might assign to Jackson county.

Mayor Gates, the first speaker on the program, was at his best, telling the why and wherefore of the Liberty bonds.

Captain R. C. Claney, until recently of Medford, but now of the medical reserve corps at Camp Lewis, was then introduced, and though analogizing for his many shortcomings as a speaker, he turned out to be the surprise of the afternoon and a speaker of much power.

Mr. and Mrs. George Andrews, Mrs. W. F. Isaacs and Clinton McCurdy, always ready to assist in any patriotic movement, rendered two beautiful vocal numbers.

W. F. Woodward of Portland was then called upon for a rousing message, which he proceeded to give, and in his eloquent and forceful manner touched every heart in a stirring appeal to the women as to what their part might be in this gigantic struggle, and his splendid talk added to finishing touch to an occasion which was perfect, from the delicious luncheon to the final word of the last speaker.

Those present went away with a more conscientious and intelligent interest in all war work.

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