Minneapolis Fire Department Public Relief

Issue 19 and Volume 71.

Minneapolis Fire Department Public Relief THE Minneapolis firemen, realizing the condition of the financial world and the unemployment that existed throughout the country during the past winter, volunteered their services and money to relieve the unfortunates and unemployed of Minneapolis as far as their funds would permit. A general committee composed of one man from each company was appointed, who met and designated a committee of five, who assumed active charge of this work. The names of families who were in straitened circumstances were turned in from the various stations. These cases were all investigated, and wherever aid was needed it was given —in most instances the same day, and never later than the day following. During the winter months of 1921 and 1922, four car loads of coal were purchased and distributed. Groceries were purchased from wholesale houses in large quantities — thereby a great saving was made in…

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