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Fairfax Branch of the Red Cross taken from the book “Renville County in World War I: 1917, 1918, 1919” published by the Olivia Times in 1920

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Chairman: Wm. Fiss
Vice-Chairman: Dr. A.M. Crandall
Secretary: Mrs. Ellen Russell
Treasurer: Mrs. Emily F. Sell

The Fairfax Branch was organized on June 18, 1917. Its activities covered a large field, the townships of Cairo, Wellington, and Camp being within its territory. The branch held many public meetings, solicited large sums of money and made up and shipped articles for the army camps and hospitals, all of which work completed favorably with that of any of its sister branches. Among the enthusiastic and earnest workers of the members, who gave hearty co-operation to the officers in their work, were Frank and C.H. Hopkins, Rev. Father Georgen, A.F. Carver, Charles Lammers, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Bregal, Ed Brown, and undoubtedly many others. The farmers in the district, men and women, worked faithfully also and are entitled to an unusual amount of credit. The results show their willingness to undergo many sacrifices in order to accomplish a noble purpose.

Mrs. Ellen Russell, secretary of the Fairfax chapter of the Red Cross

Editor’s Note: If you have any family information on any of the above-mentioned people please contact Nicole at the Museum. I have located information on William Alfred Fiss who is buried at Fort Ridgely Cemetery. He was born on December 12, 1879 and died on May 5, 1922. He was married to Gertrude Olga Fiss, but I do not have her maiden name.