Spokane and the Nation: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919

Headline: “Calls on Women to Halt Meetings and Help Nursing”

Source: Spokane Daily Chronicle, December 2, 1918, page 1

Subject: Women and nursing

Synopsis: The president of the City Federation of Women’s Organizations, Mrs. J.M. Simpson, has called on women in Spokane to call off their regular meetings and volunteer their time with the Red Cross. She also advocates conservation of food to help those in need in Europe.

Notable Quotation:

• “‘The people have the idea that they are saving for charity, but that is not so.  They should be saving food that the starving people across the water may have it not as a gift, but that they may come into our markets and buy it.  The need for conservation can not be too greatly emphasized.’”

“Calls on Women to Halt Meetings and Help Nursing”

Federation Head Says Sickness and Food Saving Demand Attention.

           “I think the time has come when women of the city must take their stand and call off or postpone every meeting that is not absolutely necessary, regardless of ban restrictions,” declared Mrs. J.M. Simpson, president of the City Federation of Women’s Organizations, today.

           “For that reason the mass meeting called for Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the chamber of commerce rooms has been indefinitely postponed.

           “The club women need to devote their energies to the sick in our midst and to such Red Cross work only as is urgently needed.  The women are not awake to the situation and I know the men are not or they never would have staged the “jubilee.”

           Mrs. Simpson pointed out that the two important things now are caring for the sick and the saving of food, that the 300,000,000 people in Europe maybe fed.

           “The people have the idea that they are saving for charity, but that is not so.  They should be saving food that the starving people across the water may have it not as a gift, but that they may come into our markets and buy it.  The need for conservation can not be too greatly emphasized.”

           There will be no meeting of the federation during December and after that no more will be held until conditions have again become normal, in Spokane.