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Red Cross Scrapbook 1941: page 12 - January


Red Cross Scrapbook 1941: page 12 - January


Welfare--Cowley County (Kans.)

Works Progress Administration (WPA)


A page from the 1941 scrapbook of newspaper clippings from the Arkansas City (Kansas) Traveler. The scrapbooks were created by local Red Cross volunteers.


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 1941: page 12 - January,” Digital Arkansas City, accessed March 24, 2023,

County Welfare Costs In 1940 Reach Record High
Annual Report Reveals $545,859.21 Spent For Relief During Last 12 Months; Increase of 17 Percent Over Total 1939 Expenditures. 1-30-41
Cowley county’s welfare expenditures for 1940 reached an all-time record high of $545,859.21—an increase of $80,429.84 over the 1939 totals—according to figures contained in the annual report of the welfare department, which was released today by Welfare Director David Hosier.
Adding $60,773.91 of expenditures from the county’s WFA bond fund which was made in support of WPA projects during the 12 months period, the total relief cost for the county during the last year amounted to $606,633.12, as compared with $526,925.89 for 1939.
The 17.2 per cent increase in welfare costs over the previous year, however, was borne almost entirely by the federal and state governments. The net relief cost to Cowley county during 1940 was $255,50,2.3 , as compared with $252,724.72 for 1939.
A total of $351,130.77 was received in welfare reimbursements during the year from federal and state agencies.
An average of 6,184 persons in the county, or 17.01 per cent of the total population, was on the welfare rolls throughout the year.
Only 15.95 per cent of the county's population, or 5,766 persons, was on the welfare rolls during December, however, which was a decrease of 622 persons from January, 1940.
Little optimism, for reductions in relief rolls during the present year was given by Welfare Director Mosier in his report.
“It appears that the National Defense program, unless it is greatly increased, will not do a great deal to lessen the problem of our employables in finding employment,” Mr. Mosier said.
“The difficulty lies in the fact that very few of our employable persons are the type of individuals who will be able to secure employment on the Defense program. Our experience to date has shown that only those who have received at least some high school education, or who have proven themselves particularly good mechanics are being considered in the factories where they are drawing the bulk of the labor now being needed.”
Director Mosier indicated in the report that the reduction of 1,100 man months of WPA employment in Cowley county during 1940 below the WPA employment for 1939 has made welfare costs $27,500 higher,
He also explained that Cowley county may have to face a welfare bond issue during the coming months if the present state legislature does not extend the law that created the state emergency relief fund. This law will expire in March. Cowley county received $100,235.14 from this state emergency fund during 1940. Failure to receive such funds, as set up in the budget for this year, will mean either a bond issue or drastic curtailment of welfare activities.
Total cash assistance granted in 1940, including food and clothing to the county home, was $491,580.50. In 1939 these grants amounted to $403,674.06, which meant an increase during 1940 of $87,906.44.
This total cash assistance was broken down into the following categories: general assistance,
$197,597.60; old age assistance, $195,044.16; aid to dependent children, $90,262.74; and aid to the blind, $8,523.07.
General assistance cases decreased from 1,526 in January to 1,341 in December with a low of 1,118 in June. The average grant for the year in this classification was $12.84 per month.
There were 713 old age assistance cases in January as compared with 792 cases in December, an increase of 79 cases. The average grant per month in this classification was $21.64.
A decrease in aid to dependent children children cases from 233 in January to 208 in December with a high of 237 in February, also was noted in the report. The average grant per case was $33.52 per month; the average grant per dependent child was $13.73 per month.
Cases of aid to the blind remained almost the same throughout the year, beginning with 28 in January and closing with 29 in December with an average grant of $24.58.
The average grant per case in all classifications was $21.96 per month.
A total of 56,501 garments, made in the county sewing rooms and valued at $28,605.63, was distributed to welfare clients throughout the year.
Federal surplus food commodities, which were distributed before the food stamp plan was placed in operation, were valued at $63,714.10.

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