This Day In History: 1917-02-23
A local Chapter of the Red Cross was organized in a meeting at Winter’s Hall through the efforts of Mrs. Elmer J. Snow. Mr. Elmer J. Snow secured Albert W. Slaub, director of the Atlantic Division of the Red Cross to be the principal speaker. Invitations were sent to Waldwick, Allendale and Ramsey as well as Mahwah. Despite the bad weather a large crowd assembled. Mr. Snow was named temporary Chairman and Mr. F. W. Sargent as Secretary. Mr. Staub gave a detailed explanation of the work of the Red Cross in the present war. 367 shipments of supplies have been sent to Europe including some 80,000 cases. At first supplies were sent to both sides, but now no supplies can reach Germany & Austria (He denied that his German sounding name meant that he had been sending the best supplies to Germany.). All of the organizational work and the shipping have been done free of charge through donations. The Red Cross is now actively preparing for war should it come and is seeking to set up chapters in every community.
By a vote of the meeting a Chapter was set up. The following officers were chosen: George M. Potter, Allendale, President, Mrs. Elmer J. Snow, Mahwah, V. P., W. E. Bates, Waldwick, Secretary, and Mrs. J. F. DeBaun, Ramsey, Reasurer. Committees were set up in each town. The Committee for Mahwah consists of Mrs. Snow, Mrs. Albert Winter, and H. F. Holman.