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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 2, 1922

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Feb. 2, 1922

RED CROSS IS REORGANIZED IN MEDFORD AND JACKSON COUNTY FOR AID TO THE NEEDY IN 1922

The Jackson County Red Cross is going through a process of reorganization. The result of the recent drive for $1 memberships and the appeal for funds from the business men of the city, for local relief work, was not large enough to enable the board of directors to carry on the work on the same scale as during the past. However, the work of the chapter under the direction of its executive committee and its secretaries, Mrs. Fred Mears and Mrs. Rose Scheiffelin, has been proven to be so invaluable to both the ex-service men and the needy and unfortunate folk of our city and to the county court in its work for indigents, that the officers, board of directors and many of our best business men have felt that the work must not be allowed to drop.

In view of the situation and their own desire to be relieved our two secretaries, who have worked so faithfully and conscientiously and constantly for the cause of the ex-service man and needy in our city during and ever since the war, tendered to the board their resignation last December, to take effect on January 1st. The resignation of Mrs. Scheiffelin, who had already made business arrangements, was accepted, while Mrs. Mears was asked to continue in the office until the first of February, while the board of directors was devising some plan by means of which the work might be continued.

The committee appointed to suggest a plan, after carefully going over the finances of the organization, found that after all bills are paid, there was in cash and pledges about $600 with which to finance the work for the coming year. That being entirely inadequate even to enable us to take care of the ex-service work which is constantly coming — to say nothing of doing anything for relief which is a big item this winter, decided to lay the situation before the county court to which the Red Cross has been a friend in a multitude of cases.

... After due consideration and a further meeting with the smaller committee who presented the financial needs, the county court in consideration for the work done for the indigents of the county agreed to allow to the extent of $75 per month for six months to cover the expense of the Red Cross for their work for the county court in looking after their indigent cases. The committee have secured the services of Miss Sally Hart of Portland, a trained worker, who has had experience in juvenile court work, welfare work and has taken a short training course under Red Cross direction to fit her to meet the problems of the ex-service men which is the first work of the Red Cross.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com