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Mail Tribune 100, May 21, 1921, continued

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

May 21, 1921, continued


The series of complimentary luncheons which have been given for the business women of Medford this week by the different churches of the city ended with a rally and dinner at the Christian church Friday evening. The dinner was served at 6 o’clock by the Baptist ladies under the supervision of Mrs. B. H. Bryant.

The high school orchestra under the direction of Miss Louise Wolff, furnished delightful music during the dinner hour interspersed with vocal solos by Mrs. Billie Rippy, Miss Edna Steiner and Mrs. Frederick Leach. After a short talk by Mrs. Ethel Evans-Lewis the girls marched to the tabernacle in a body where seats had been reserved for them. During the opening service at the tabernacle Miss Vera Roundtree expressed the appreciation and thanks of the working women and girls to those who helped to make the luncheons and dinner possible as follows:

“The young women of Medford, the working girls and business women, who for the past week have been the recipients of the splendid hospitality of the ladies of the different churches and of Mrs. Lewis, have requested me to express the sincere thanks of all of them. They wish, and I wish that there were some other way of expressing our gratitude besides the cold formality of stereotyped words, and we hope that all of those who did so much to create in our hearts the real spirit of friendship and service will realize the sincerity of our appreciation and good-will.

“I know that most of us feel that the idea back of the movement was more than simply spreading before us a delicious repast, but was an exemplification of the reality of practical Christianity. Most of us understand better than ever before what it could mean to the women of the world if every day we practiced toward each other the gentleness and unselfishness that for the past week was offered to us.

“We feel, too, that it was a worthwhile object lesson to the whole community. It brought together in an atmosphere of spirituality many of the young people who had never met before. It brought together both young and old and rich and poor under circumstances that broke down all barriers of exclusiveness. It vividly brought home to everyone the fact that we were all pretty much alike, with the same desires, and hopes and affections. It created a spirit of good-will that will remain long after the meetings are over.

“Wouldn’t it be a lovely thing if we could have such meetings all through the year. Wouldn’t it be fine if every now and then the working girls, the business women, the society women, the women of the home, could mingle together, break bread together, and discuss together the questions that must be near to the heart of all.”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com