100 Years Ago in Redlands: Red Cross shop opens in Redlands

100 Years Ago in Redlands: Red Cross shop opens in Redlands

Nov. 14, 1917

Resigns as visiting nurse

The regular monthly meeting of the Associated Charities was held this morning at their rooms in the city hall.

Miss Mary Crawford, on behalf of the case committee, reported that 51 families had been looked after during the month, 287 garments, 16 pairs of shoes, eight hats and 250 quarts of milk had been given out.

The resignation of Miss Martha Pitts as visiting nurse was received and accepted. The committee on visiting nurse was continued to select her successor.

The board gratefully acknowledged receipt of two cases of canned fruit given by Dr. and Mrs. E.A. MacDonald, Mrs. Rike and Miss Rader; also of 250 pounds of tomatoes grown by the city, through Mr. Hinckley. These latter will be distributed for canning purposes among a number of families.

Contributions of this character are especially welcome at this time when the high cost of living is pressing hard upon families normally with the bare means of subsistence.

The society will again endeavor to provide Thanksgiving dinners for those under its charge. Conditions are harder than ever this year among the poor and the generous people of Redlands will be asked to remember the poor and needy both at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

One feature of the Christmas giving will take the shape of large red stockings to be taken by individuals and filled for individual boys and girls with gifts that will make a Merry Christmas in many a humble home.

Nov. 15, 1917

A sketch of the Red Cross shop

A brief sketch of the inception of the Red Cross shop in Redlands should be of interest on the eve of its opening.

Some members of the local chapter of the Red Cross recently visited Los Angeles to study various phases of Red Cross work. In the course of their investigation, they were taken to the successful Red Cross chapter house there and were so impressed by its practical usefulness that they at once formulated a plan to open a similar, but much smaller place in Redlands.

The salvage department laid the matter before the executive committee of the Red Cross, who expressed themselves unanimously in favor of its adoption. Others became interested, and finally the plan took definite shape through offers of assistance from several sources. Necessary equipment for the small shop was contributed and then came an appeal for articles of various kinds to be sold for the benefit of the Red Cross. Many readily responded until now the salvage department has on hand a considerable stock.

Saturday, Nov. 17, is the day set for the opening of the Red Cross shop. Its stock of contributions, at low prices, should attract many purchasers. There will be found a great variety of useful and beautiful things — articles of wearing apparel, bric-a-brac, china, silver, pictures, toys, preserved fruit, jelly and the like. There will be tables at which articles priced at 15 cents and 25 cents will be shown. Many will take advantage of this opportunity to secure bargains and at the same time to aid the patriotic work of the Red Cross.

The shop will be open on Wednesday and Saturday of each week all day and in the evening in order to accommodate those who cannot come during the daytime. At the sign of the Red Cross on the Triangle.

Nov. 15, 1917

Interest in debate keen

Interest in the debate to be held Friday night at the high school is keen, and there are indications of a large attendance. The question, “Resolved, that the manufacture of munitions of war should be a government monopoly,” is a timely one and the speakers are expected to present a quantity of excellent argument. Donald Anderson and Earnest Henderson will uphold the affirmative for Redlands. The same evening the Redlands negative team will go to San Bernardino, where they will argue the same subject.

Each of the literary societies will put on a vaudeville stunt during the evening and the high school orchestra will furnish music.

Nov. 17, 1917

Ask Redlands to participate

A committee from the Pasadena Board of Trade motored to Redlands yesterday for the purpose of formally inviting this city to participate in the annual Tournament of Roses. The committee conferred with Secretary Isham of the Chamber of Commerce regarding the matter, and the secretary explained that their communication had been taken up at the recent meeting of the directors of the Chamber and that A. Leipsic had been made a committee to arrange for Redlands’ participation in the affair. The committee emphasized the fact that a big football game, the best that can possibly be arranged, was to be staged at the tournament this year as in the past several years.

The committee was composed of B.O. Kendall, president of the Tournament of Roses Association; J.W. Wood and L.H. Turner, directors; W.F. Knight and J.H. Pearman, president and secretrary, respectively, of the Pasadena Board of Trade.

The committee informed Mr. Isham that the tournament is to be entirely a Red Cross benefit this year and that every cent made will go to that organization. For this reason it is expected that the great midwinter carnival will exceed in interesting features any previous efforts, which is setting the mark very high. As usual there is to a be monster parade, besides which there will be numerous other first-class attractions, announcement of which will be made soon.

Nov. 18, 1917

Have you attended the sale?

Have you attended the sale now in progress at the Red Cross shop on the Triangle? If not, do not miss this opportunity to secure some of the pretty things that the women are offering. If your taste runs more to the practical, you may be equally gratified. This is the opening day, and those in charge report marvelous success. In fact, they are already soliciting more donations of articles to be placed on sale. The women of Redlands are working together to make a complete success, both in giving and buying. Everything has been donated, every cent will got to the Red Cross. Business men have worked evenings and Sundays in preparing the room for the sale.

On display are imported gowns, furs, jewelry and pictures. There are more practical clothing, ready-to-wear garments for men and women, millinery, shoes, knitted garments, toys, flowers, canned fruits, jams, jellies, vegetables, a wonderful bargain table.

A table of choice bric-a-brac and a case of special bargains in jewelry will appeal to lovers of the beautiful and unusual.

The goods are all offered at surprisingly low prices. In these H.C.L. days, it is really marvelous to find how far one’s money will go in this shop. Whether you wish to spend 25 cents or $25, you are sure to find something to suit your purse.

Donations have been made of new as well as secondhand goods, and donations of money have also been received today. A donation of vegetables from the little garden that means her support was made by a woman who brought a wagon of her supplies.

The committee in charge ask particularly that more canned goods, jams, jellies, etc., be donated, as the supply is already nearly exhausted. The salvage department also solicits further contributions of tin foil, trinkets and papers.

Grateful acknowledgment is made to John Fisher and Dr. A.C. Cameron for preparing the room for the sale; to the Hammond Lumber Company for lumber; the Southwest Electric Company, installation of lights and donation of bulbs; Telephone Company, for telephone; Medland’s Pharmacy, for loan of cash register; Harris Dry Goods Company, loan of hangers and stands; Woolworth Store, loan of hangers; I. Albert, loan of show cases; to the Cope Commercial Co. for their unceasing assistance; the City Transfer company; and the to Daily Facts and Redlands Review, for publicity given.

The shop will be open tonight until 9:30, and Red Cross women in their dainty official uniform of gray with white trimmings will be there to help you in your selections. If donations continue, it is the purpose to keep on with the sale on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 to 6. On Wednesday the shop will close at 6 p.m. and on Saturday of next week, on account of the Red Cross ball at the Casa Loma, there will be no evening sale. After that date, if business justifies it, the evening hours will be resumed.

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