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From the Files of the Ellsworth Messenger

POSTED: August 12, 2011 11:59 p.m.

The box of supplies for the 21st Kansas at Camp Thomas was sent Saturday. Mr. Young had kindly allowed the supplies to be taken to his store and also donated the box in which they were packed. The box weighed 175 pounds. Miss Dean, president of the Relief Association, gave us the following list of the contents:
Two sixteen ounce jars of extract of beef, two hospital jars of malted milk, forty pounds of corn starch, fifty pounds of tapioca, five glasses of jelly, twenty-one abdominal bandages, four pillowcases, two sheets, one pillow, seven towels. A package of periodicals was also sent, the gift of Mr. E. G. Kimball.
This certainly is an excellent showing, but preparations are already being made to send supplies of sheets, pillowcases and pillows to the hospital. The Association has some money with which to buy material for sheets and pillow cases, but the pillows will be harder to obtain and any donations of this kind will be thankfully received.

From the Aug. 11, 1898, edition of the Ellsworth Messenger.

For more items from Ellsworth County's past, pick up a copy of the I-R and read about history on the weekly Passages page.

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