Local Council Of Unemployed Has 230 Members
Possibility of Saving to Town Indicated in Offer of Members to Cut
Wood for Welfare Use
Membership in the Greenfield Council of Unemployed has risen to over 230 at
the end of the first month of the council's existence and is still moving upward.
The council, with headquarters in King's hotel, draws upwards of 100 each Wednesday
for its weekly meetings which fill the room to capacity.
The possibility of a considerable saving to the town through the council is
indicated in the offer of the officers to have council members cut wood for
welfare use. Chairman David O. Rice points out that the men are willing to go
to whatever wood lots the town may wish to have cut, provided the men are given
transportation to the land and tools to work with. The men would be glad to
offer their time cutting fuel just as they are now working on the sewer construction
and members have pointed out that it is not too soon to begin to cut next winter's
supply in order that the wood may be well seasoned.
One of the members of the council, Eugene Gagnon of Shelburne street, has set
up a barber shop in the council headquarters where he cuts hair from 1 to 5
on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for all men who present a membership
card in the council. Membership is free.
Among the recent donations of the council was wall paper from A. L. Chevalier
for renovating the quarters in the hotel where the women of the council are
conducting their weekly sewing work. The women, meeting Tuesday afternoons,
are now cutting cloth and helping make clothing. Their method is to find who
among the unemployed are particularly in need of clothes and then to make the
garments for those persons.
Several donations of used clothing have been received by the women of the council
for distribution and more donations are asked.