June 14, 1940: Stories featured in the Suffolk News-Herald on this date 65 years ago…

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Local Red Cross knitted garments shipment ready

Mrs. R. P. Birdsong, chairman of volunteer service, Suffolk-Nansemond Chapter American Red Cross, announced today that the third shipment of war refugee garments would be sent to the national headquarters today. There are 20 knitted garments, 15 woolen dresses and five complete layettes in this shipment.

Mrs. C. H. Murden, chairman of production and her committee made heavy woolen dresses for five women and 10 children, and the layettes.

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Volunteers who have willingly given their time in the work are Mrs. G. L. Hume, Mrs. Jessie Hancock, Mrs. Grace Dwyer, Mrs. E. T. Jakeman, Mrs. J. Rolf Pierce, Miss Nannie Birdsong, all of whom are members from the Junior Woman’s Auxiliary, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and/or the recent home hygiene class taught by Miss Thelma Bishop.

Rotary hears R. T. Bradford

&uot;The times through which we are passing are desperate,&uot; Russell T. Bradford, assistant U. S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia told members of the Rotary Club last night, &uot;and it is well that we consider where we as a nation were yesterday, where we are today and where we will be tomorrow.&uot;

Bradford declared that our democracy is not a pure democracy and stated, &uot;Our forefathers elected to establish a representative form of democracy.&uot;

Elks observe U. S. Flag Day

Old Glory waved in the June breezes that at times brought momentarily relief from the heat today in Suffolk as recognition of the universal observance of Flag Day in America.

Flag Day is a holiday observed in the United States to commemorate the adoption of the stars and stripes by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

This patriotic anniversary has become a very important one and schools of the land have given it much attention with pupils being directed by their teachers to the history and symbolic meaning of the national standard.

It has become customary for residences places in Suffolk to display the flag every June 14.

Appeal is made for more gifts to Relief Fund

A total of $21.44 was realized yesterday for the Red Cross War Relief Fund from donations made by citizens through the boxes that have been placed in practically every public place in the city.

Receipts from the Cypress Chapel boxes were $3.95 and $6 from Holland.

The Rev. Nathaniel H. Davis, pastor of the Oxford Methodist Church, advised the local chapter that his congregation raised $18.50 from a box placed in the church lobby Sunday. These special donations brought the grand total amount given on the second drive for $1,000 up to $265.03.

-Compiled by Jennifer Rose