WELCOME TO ELMORE COUNTY, IDAHO GENWEB PROJECT
THE WORK OF THE ELMORE COUNTY, IDAHO RED CROSS
BY MRS. ELLA G. CALDWELL
April, 1917, when our nation declared war on Germany, the women of Mountain
Home were anxious to be of some use to their country; so the Daughters
of Veterans, The Progressive and Sub-Rosa Clubs through various agencies
made inquiry as to how best begin. It resulted in organizing Elmore County
Chapter American Red Cross, May 4th, 1917 with Mrs. Alice Thompson,
Chairman; Mrs, Ella G, Caldwell, Vice-Chairman; Miss Nancy Watts, Secretary
and Mrs. R. M. Brady, Treasurer.
weeks following were devoted to membership drives and organizing along
the lines required by National Headquarters, quite a delay in receiving
work resulted from Our Division Headquarters being changed from Denver
June Miss Watts resigned and Mrs. Lindquist was appointed Secretary, Mrs.
Thompson also resigned and Mrs. Caldwell as Vice-Chairman carried on the
work till regular election in October when she was elected Chairman and
as such served until the present time. The Chapter has had in all six
Secretaries, Mesdames Lindquist, R. Bennett and Vandegrift and the Misses
Watts, Hickok and White
organization of Auxiliaries was the next thing and at an enthusiastic
meeting at Bruneau June 18th, Bruneau Auxiliary came into being
with Mrs. Milt Reynolds, Chairman, and Bruneau stayed enthusiastic until
the end. Their novel means of raising funds and their splendid Flu record
ranks them high.
Ferry Auxiliary organized June 30th, and the Service Badges
received by Glenns Ferry men and women of which there were forty-two,
ranks them as the Banner Auxiliary of the State. Their Canteen is known
from coast to coast while their regular allotments were never slighted.
Rev. Wood Commandant of the Canteen, than whom no more gifted leader could
have been found, reported over sixty-five thousand troops served during
Auxiliaries followed, Chattin Flats, Grand View, King Hill, Hammett, Prairie,
Pine, Pasadena, Atlanta and Riddle, each doing their part under the management
of splendid faithful women. As will be noted our jurisdiction extended
one hundred eighty-five miles north and south and fifty miles east and
west comprising parts of three counties, Elmore, Ada and Owyhee.
all these points came response in money, while chicken pie suppers, turkey
raffles, quilt auctions, dances and dinners helped to swell the funds
for local work and when we remember that some months our yarn account
alone ran to five and six hundred dollars all can see where the funds
chapter was granted the use of three splendid rooms in the Court House
and all materials were received here and sent to the Auxiliaries by Mrs.
Caldwell, returned when made to be checked and packed by our splendid
workroom superintendents, Mesdames Minkler, A. F. Anderson and Watts.
Chairman was called to a conference in Seattle in April of '18 to align
work more uniformly. It was of great benefit to the Chapter for a meeting
of Auxiliary Chairmen to be called and disputed points made plain; all
work being done after specific directions from Headquarters. From organization
until the rooms closed in June, 1919, 2733 Hospital Garments, 1203 Refugee
Garments and 5422 Knitted articles were shipped to Seattle besides 200
Christmas boxes sent to the boys at Camp Lewis Christmas, 1918.
Service: Another branch of the Red Cross work began in 1918 with Mrs.
C. E. Johnson Chairman and W. C. Howie Secretary. After several months
of devoted work, Mrs. Johnson resigned and Mrs. Will Gibson became chairman
taking a six weeks special training in Seattle to fit herself for the
work. The results of Home Service must always rest in the hearts of those
to whom it brought comfort and encouragement while a more devoted chairman
could not have been secured.
War fund and membership drives were ably handled by Worth S. Lee and E.
J. Colthorpe and all drives exceeded the quotas given.
Junior work in charge of Miss Blanche Skipper was encouraging and should
be one of the future activities of the Red Cross; if we can make the children
of all countries know and appreciate each other. We are apt to find in
very truth. A League of Nations ready made.
In summing up the work of Elmore Chapter this one fact stands preeminent. The great majority felt the need of keeping step with our boys "Over There" by giving every moment possible to Red Cross work over here and if there were those too selfish to help in a great cause, they in the end are the greater losers.
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