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Canadian Red Cross Society, Dutton and Dunwich Branch fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Canadian Red Cross Society, Dutton and Dunwich Branch fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1939-ca. 2000
Accession Number
2006-08
Storage Location
C13 Sh3 B1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Canadian Red Cross Society, Dutton and Dunwich Branch fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2006-08
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C13 Sh3 B1
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1939-ca. 2000
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
The Dutton/Dunwich branch of the Canadian Red Cross was formed on October 27, 1939 as the community mobilized for the Second World War. The organizational meeting was sponsored by the Dutton’s Women’s Institute. The first president was Bill Hollingshead and the first campaign manager, R.E. Fraser. Mrs. Hilda Crawford was in charge of the workroom committee and remained in this position until the committee was disbanded in 1960. During the war years approximately $4,000.00 was raised per year to cover such items as socks, sweaters, blankets, pyjamas, hospital gowns, pneumonia jackets and quilts. In 1943 blood drives began under the auspices of the Independent Order of Oddfellows and continued until after the war, when they were disbanded. They started up again in 1960 and were conducted at various locations through the community annually. The Red Cross Room on Main Street had wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and canes for loan for short periods of time. This branch supports the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety programs, held in summer at the local pool. The Bobier Convalescent Home has two Red Cross volunteers who spread cheer weekly. The Emergency Services Committee helped out those in the community who had been victims of fire.The Red Cross has been at work in this community, helping to aleve human suffering whenever and wherever they can for many years.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of the administrative records of the Dutton and Dunwich Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society, and are divided into the following series:
-Minutes, 1939-1946; 1982-1986
-Correspondence, 1941-1959
-Financial records, 1941-1968
-Miscellaneous records, ca. 1970-ca. 2000
This fonds would be of interest to researchers studying the origin and development of the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross Dutton/Dunwich Branch in particular, the lives of Second World War Servicemen and service organizations in Canada and Ontario in general.
Name Access
Canadian Red Cross Society. Dutton-Dunwich, Ontario Branch
Dutton (Ont.)
Dunwich (Ont. : Township)
Subject Access
Service Clubs
Charity
Second World War