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Mail Tribune 100, June 7, 1921

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

June 7, 1921


The campaign for the Y. W. C. A. started off with the greatest enthusiasm with the supper held at the Presbyterian church Monday evening. The teams and their captains were seated in groups, as were the guests and members of the board and trustees.

The tables decorated by Ruth Daniels, were lovely with roses and each place was marked with the Y. W. C. A. purpose cards and the song sheet. Rev. Leach asked the blessing.

After a splendid dinner served by the ladies of the Presbyterian church under the direction of Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Sweeney, Mrs. Hurd introduced Mayor Gates. He spoke most enthusiastically of the work accomplished by the Medford organization in the one short year of its life. He said the boy always had a place to go in Medford to spend an evening, but until a year ago there was no place for the girl. The coming of the Y. W. C. A. on North Bartlett has provided a gathering place for a pleasant evening or a place to entertain a young man when, as is often the case, there is no suitable place at the rooming house. He spoke of the many activities, classes, etc., and said, considering the work being done among our girls, who are the women of tomorrow, that $3,000 was a modest sum to ask for and because so many more people are interested this year than the few who made it a reality last year, that each one doing his or her part, the campaign would easily go over the top. His whole speech was splendid.

After several peppy songs with appropriate words, Mrs. Hurd introduced Miss Sarvay, who talked delightfully on the local organization, complimenting Medford and those who have made it so. It is a splendid fulfillment. She spoke of the lonely girl and what the Y. W. C. A. has meant to her, giving local illustrations and of the value to the friend-loving girl of a place to go in the evening to see other girls. She said the good the Y. W. C. A. does cannot be counted because so often it is never known. The right thing said at the right time may change a girl’s whole life and who of us can count the birth of an ideal.

The workers were filled with a deep enthusiasm to put the campaign over the top and with the people’s help they can. Be ready with your gift or pledge when they call.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com