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The Elmira Advertiser
Monday Morning, April 9, 1917
Page 3


     WASHINGTON, April 8, - A new organization, designated the Red Cross Supply Service, has been formed as a bureau of the American Red Cross to forward and distribute among American soldiers and military hospitals gift and supplies from patriotic individuals and relief societies throughout the country.

     Headquarters of the new service will be in Washington with branches to supervise the collection and preparation of supplies at New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and San Francisco.  The central office here, it is announced, will be in close association with the War and Navy departments and the Council of National Defense and will be under the direction of W. Frank Persons, former director of the Charity Organization Society, of New York.

     Otto T. Bannard and Henry S. Dennison will be directors of the branch headquarters at New York and Boston, respectively. The work of smaller towns and cities will be directed from the branch headquarters.  Agents of the service will be located in every training camp, military and navy hospital and army base.

17 AUG 1917 - Elmira Star Gazette

A message asking for Elmira’s quota of supplies for the Red Cross was received at the headquarters of the local chapter of the Red Cross at 503 Lake street yesterday.  The message was sent by Albert Staub, director of the Atlantic Division of the Red Cross, and reads as follows:
 “Your chapter is asked to furnish its quota of knitted articles, due to an urgent appeal from France.  Your allotment is 2,500 sweaters, 2,500 pairs of wristlets, 2,500 pairs of socks.”
 As this appeal is so urgent, the local chapter wants workers for every afternoon except Saturday to assist in getting out this shipment.  Every bit of this clothing will be sent as soon as finished to the American soldiers in France.

 The local chapter of the Red Cross has been doing wonderful work, and there should be a generous response of Elmira women to assist them.

Joyce, I didn't see this World War One A.R.C. Canteen worker badge on your site so I have attached two photos of the badge, one front and one back, so you post them on your site. This badge belonged to someone in my family and was passed down to me. The badge is about 2" long and 1/2" high and is hallmarked "B.B. Co. R.G.". I believe the R.G. is for Rolled Gold finish. So I hope you enjoy it.
Regards, Peter Knepton [February 2012]
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 11/19/2003
By Joyce M. Tice

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