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Upper Arlington Red Cross Unit, 1918

On August 19, 1918, the first meeting of the Upper Arlington Red Cross Unit was held in the ballroom of the home of Ben Thompson. Katherine Thompson (Mrs. Ben Thompson) was the chairman of the unit. The group met each week on Tuesday afternoons. With an average attendance of thirteen, the unit produced hospital shirts, comfort bags, pillowcases, and towels for the war relief effort.


At the end of World War I, the women of the Upper Arlington Red Cross Unit decided to continue meeting to discuss the needs and general welfare of the community. The group continued to meet under their new name, the Norwester Women's Club. The first meeting of the Norwester Women's Club was held on March 28, 1919, at which time Mrs. Frank Rogers was elected their president.


Appearing in the picture are: Mrs. Hayes, Helen Miller (Mrs. Harvey Miller), Mrs. Hoffman, Eliza Howard, Mrs. Nance, Mrs. Kern, Marion Roberta O'Brien, Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Henry Miller, Nellie Dunlap, Carey Rolf, Mrs. Williams, Ethel Thompson (Mrs. King Thompson), Katherine Thompson (Mrs. Ben Thompson), Katherine Carmack, Jessie Miller, Nancy Miller, Grace Miller, Allie Miller, and Lollie Miller.


This image available online at the UA Archives:,66


Read the related "Norwester" magazine article at the UA Archives:,247




Identifier: hinw03p012i01

Date (yyyy-mm-dd): c. 1918-01

Original Dimensions: 17.9 cm x 10.2 cm

Format: Black and White Halftone Photograph

Source: Norwester, January 1918, page 12

Original Publisher: Upper Arlington Community (Ohio)

Location/s: Upper Arlington (USA, Ohio, Franklin County)

Repository: Upper Arlington Historical Society

Digital Publisher: UA Archives - Upper Arlington Public Library


Credit: UA Archives - Upper Arlington Public Library (Repository: UA Historical Society)

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Taken in January 1918