Polk County

Red Cross







One of 2,000 Polk County Red Cross workers making a door to door canvas for donations, Mrs. F.B. Houghten, 2404 Capital Ave., calls on a neighbor. Mrs. Houghton's son is prisoner of war in Germany.

Source: The DesMoines Tribune, March 2, 1944 (photo included)

Five Des Moines Red Cross workers have arrived safely in England. They are Mary E. Breese, Eva R. Johnson, Margaret M. Hippee, Alice H. Gould and Harry F. Kastrup.

Mary Breese, staff aide is a former art and English instructor at Roosevelt High school. Eva Johnson, assistant program director, is a graduate of Drake university. Margaret Hippee, daughter of Mrs R.E. Hippee, 3225 John Lynde road, is a staff assistant. She is a graduate of Drake university and was formerly copywriter for Collidge Advertising Co., and travel editor for the Register and Tribune Co.

Alice Gould, staff assistant, is the daughter of Col. John H. Gould, 431 Twenty-eighth st. Harry F. Kastrup, formerly of 570 Fifteenth st, is a field director. For 10 years he practiced law in Des Moines. He was attorney for the poor and director of relief and administration in Des Moines.

Source: The DesMoines Tribune, March 15, 1944 (four individual photos included with this news article--see pics at the left of this page)

Three Des Moines members of the American Red Cross are now serving overseas. Ardon L. Cole, of 4321 Lincoln ave., is stationed in Hawaii where he is serving as assistant field director. He formerly was a social science and commercial instructor at Roosevelt High school and also coach in football there.

Helen M. Jones, formerly case worker for the Polk county board of social welfare, in Des Moines, is serving in Australia as a hospital social worker. Until her overseas assignment, Miss Jones served with the Red Cross at Camp Grant, Ill, Camp Robinson, Ark., and For Bliss, Tex.

Allen Cleman of 1339 E. Sheridan ave., is an assistant field director in Australia. He is a graduate of North high school and a former student at Drake university. Previously, he taught at schools in Liberty Center, Bayard and Cooper, La.

Source: The DesMoines Tribune, May 17, 1944 (two pictures are included--see the left side panel on this page)