Wednesday, September 4, 2013

1918 Relief Society Service in the American Red Cross.

Helen Melvina “Mellie” Groesbeck Morgan was active in Red Cross Service in Salt Lake during World War I as posted here. I wonder if she marched in a parade like Relief Society members did in Chicago in 1918, pictured here (3rd and 4th pictures down)  on Keepapitchinin today.

Members of the Great Salt Lake Chapter of the American Red Cross were offered classes in first aid and home nursing. The women provided services throughout the 1918 influenza epidemic, and they shipped bandages to the front lines during the war. 

We know Mellie and her daughter Bessie Morgan Rex gathered and dried peach pits for the war effort, as their daughter and granddaughter , Helen Rex Frazier, wrote in her history.

Peach Pits were used during World War I as filter for the soldiers’ gas masks.

Thank you to cousin Karen M. for this picture of Mellie Morgan with her son John.

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