This year I was especially interested when Lori Osting sent her “Decatur County History” email from the library. Lori is the daughter of Ray and Jackie Layton Osting and granddaughter of Margaret Osting who was a teacher here for many years. So Lori has a natural interest in local history. She sends Decatur County History by email to anyone who wants it. Recently she sent one about the Cheer Fund which I am sharing with you in case you didn’t get the email and especially for those who don’t have email.
From what we know now and from the news stories Lori send it’s easy to see how the Cheer Fund has grown. From Dec. 23, 1927: The annual Christmas Cheer Fund for the kiddies of this city closed last night with subscriptions totaling $329,48. This sum is the largest ever raised for making happy less fortunate children on Christmas. In addition to the money a large number of useful articles were presented, making the value of the donations well over $350. A bank balance of $36.74 was left from last year. A committee of women composed of Mrs. H. H. Mount, Mrs. Taylor Meek, Mrs. C. J. Ely, Mrs. Will Goddard and Miss Myrta Patton were busily engaged in arranging the many presents that had been purchased earlier in the week. Roy Kanouse had donated $5, Garland Milling $5, Tri Kappa Sorority $10 and Minear Dry Goods $5.
From Dec. 3, 1934: The Daily News announces opening of Christmas Fund. For the 24th year the Daily News announces the opening of its annual Christmas Cheer Fund as a means of making happy the less privileged children of Greensburg on Christmas Day. It has always been dedicated to the late James E. Caskey but this year it will also be dedicated to the late Mrs. Ira M. (Fannie) Sanders, who was in charge of arrangements whereby the articles were delivered to the needy children. It was in large measure through the efforts and faithful service of her that the distribution was so efficiently made each year.