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Red Cross Scrapbook 1934: page 3 - January


Red Cross Scrapbook 1934: page 3 - January


American Red Cross

Great Depression, 1929-1939

Relief Efforts—Kansas



A page from the 1934 scrapbook of newspaper clippings from the Arkansas City (Kansas) Traveler. The scrapbooks were created by local Red Cross volunteers. Articles during the Depression years covered food and other relief efforts, and documented unemployment issues.


Arkansas City (Kansas) Traveler


Arkansas City Public Library, Arkansas City, Kansas


Arkansas City Public Library, Arkansas City, Kansas


Red Cross volunteers


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Arkansas City (Kansas) Traveler, “Red Cross Scrapbook 1934: page 3 - January,” Digital Arkansas City, accessed February 4, 2023,

You are invited to make free and full use of this column. We ask only that you be concise as possible and your name and address accompany your communication.
To The Traveler: Your paper carried a front page article Friday that Miss Brady, county case worker, wanted to resign, but the commissioners would not accept it. And that if she did, it would stop all civil works, and that Commissioner Walker and members of the federal relief were making accusations against her.
Why don’t you go ahead and tell the whole story?
Mr. Jarrell, you are very unfair. Mr. Stauffer is not in town, and you are taking advantage and trying to withhold the facts from the public. Miss Brady caused her own trouble by not treating the people on relief as she should, and also usurping authority not delegated to her, also playing favorites in her selections of relief and jobs. She was warned that trouble was just ahead if she didn’t change her tactics, and Mr. Marvin said possibly it would do her good if it came. It came and she wasn’t able to lay in the nest she had made.
Mrs. King, ease worker at Arkansas City is, and has been having the same trouble in some respects. We have federal relief rules, and state statutes to guide the movements of relief in each and every department, and particular, but the case workers so far have not seen fit to accept them.
In a good many cases I have been charged by the case workers
of interfering. Now I will admit I have interfered, but only as the laws, and rules gave me the right. For your information only yesterday I discovered upon complaints from the people receiving relief that those employed by Mrs. King, in distributing eggs and beef to them, were none other than transients, and our own people standing by and looking on. I immediately removed them and put some citizens of Arkansas City in charge. Now is it in cases such as these that I have taken any part, and I believe if you readers have the interest of the people and the program at heart, you would not have stood by, and seen just common floaters put in charge of relief and handle the records in our office. It isn’t good business and shall not be practiced.
Now Mr. Jarrell, if you would get all the facts in the cases, before printing your misleading article you would serve the people of this community much better as editor of our local Traveler.— W. F. WALKER, county commissioner.
Four Commodities Are Being Given to Needy
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Arkansas City’s needy families were receiving many of the basic ingredients of a good dinner Wednesday, with four different commodities being distributed through the local relief office and cooperating grocery stores.
Eggs and salt pork from the federal government’s surplus stocks were being passed out to 570 local families. At the same time, the county continued its distribution of turnips and carrots. The assignment of butter ordered for the Arkansas City district has been delayed due to a misunderstanding over shipping arrangements.
An order of flour is expected here soon, with a sack scheduled to go to each of the families on the list of the district’s 180 most destitute cases.
Five pounds of salt pork are being given to small families and ten pounds to the larger ones. Each family is receiving a dozen eggs.
All families receiving the com-modities must bring their own containers, E. E. Smith, assistant poor commissioner, said.
Butter Distributed Distribution of butter was started in Winfield Monday afternoon to those on the county relief list. Beef and egg distribution is being continued. Approximately 230 persons are on the relief list for Winfield and vicinity, Miss Martha Brady, county case supervisor, estimated.
WITH SALT pork, eggs, turnips and carrots being distributed through the relief agencies ana CWA working cards for the next week being passed out from the civil works office, the local relief office, 411 South Summit street, was crowded almost all day Wednesday and Thursday, with long lines forming in front of the various windows. Employes of both organizations were given few idle moments both days. / - 25-34
Butter Will Be Added To Free Commodities
Butter will be added Monday to the list of commodities being distributed in Arkansas City by the federal government. A shipment is expected from Wichita Saturday and will be distributed through local grocery stores, with eligible families abtaining their tickets through the relief office. Eggs and salt pork are now being passed out by the government and turnips and carrots by the county. Flour will be given to a selected list of the most needy families Friday or Saturday.
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REGISTRATIONS of unemployed persons in the Arkansas City district numbered 1,917 Wednesday. About 730 of this group are employed in CWA work. The registrations are now being received at the rate of about four a day. 1-31-34
Soap Is Being Distributed to Needy of City
Soap—1,600 bars of it—is be-ing distributed to Arkansas City’s poor with the compliments of the county. Every family on direct relief or dependent upon the CWA for employment is scheduled to receive two bars of soap.
The soap was part of the stock remaining when the county commissary was closed here last September. Being an off-brand va-riety, no market could be found for it, so the distribution was started Friday.
Food distribution Friday was confined to the county’s turnips and carrots, with eggs being given to those families which had not shared in this week’s allottment. The supply of salt pork here has become exhausted, and families not yet receiving their share will be cared for Tuesday.
Sacks of flour will be given to about 180 families selected from the county’s direct relief cases Monday, while a distribution of butter is planned for early next week.
The free commodities are designed only to supplement the regular sources of relief, and families should not depend upon them for a continuous food supply, E. E. Smith, assistant poor commissioner, said.
Work Order on Cameron Work
A work order on i the bridge construction projects on highway 166 near Cameron will be issued Tuesday or Wednesday, according to word received by State Senator Kirke Dale from the state highway department Saturday. Contracts for the work, which includes three bridges and earth work, were let Dec. 22. The total cost is $135,458.13. Work orders on the earthwork may be delayed.
The improvements are designed to eliminate the sharp curve in the highway at Cameron and to provide the new bridges, including one large span over Grouse creek and the Missouri Pacific railroad tracks. A deep cut will be made in the Cameron hill to carry the highway over it.
A detour around the construction sites will be started early next week as a CWA project, it was reported in the local civil works office Saturday.
The Cameron projects will prove a substantial aid in handling the unemployment situation in the county, as the men used will not be included in the county CWA quota.