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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 3, 1918 Continued

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

Aug. 3, 1918, continued

W.C.T.U. ELECTS OFFICERS; MUCH GOOD WORK DONE

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union held the annual election of officers Friday afternoon at the home of the Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Spriggs. The officers of the year just closed were reelected; Mrs. T. W. Howel, president and Mrs. D. A. Price as secretary. In the program following the business meeting Mrs. E. N. Warner, county chairman of Council of Defense work gave an interesting summary of that work, spoke of the organization of the plan and the appointment of national chairmen by President Wilson, and of state chairmen, county chairmen and local appointments by the sub-committees.

The reorganization is so complete in most states that any work needed can be set in motion within 24 hours, after orders from Washington.

At present the women’s work in this department is the registration of young children (from birth to school aged) for the purpose of preserving and promoting health conditions, looking to a strong and healthy future generation.

Miss McGrail, the county public nurse, spoke of her work throughout the county since she came here nearly three months ago. She is doing splendid work in advising with those who are ill, many of who can not afford to call a physician just for a consultation. Many parents have asked her advice in the care of their children. Miss McGrail is giving special attention to a number of deformed children and those with enlarged tonsils, etc. — some of the latter being so affected since babyhood they have never been sent to school and because of their handicap are far below normal in intellect. Steps are being taken to have all these properly treated.

Mrs. H. Belle Loomis, a faithful member of the Medford W. C. T. U. who acted as house matron assistant to Mrs. Upton, the state police woman at Ashland during the Fourth of July celebration and the Round Up following, gave an account of the work done along moral welfare lines. It is a deplorable fact that the results of their work was a veritable “round up” of delinquents who have utterly run wild. The net in Ashland caught several residents of Medford who performed with unusual boldness at our neighboring town. In the discussion which followed, the good work done by our own police, especially Officer Timothy, was spoken of. But our faithful few are not enough to cover the need and it is to be hoped the time will come when a capable police woman can be added to the force.

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