At the conclusion of the “Great War”, the Canadian Red Cross Society was left with surplus money on hand, and conceived the idea of using it to establish “Outpost Hospitals” in places where they were much needed, and which have proved a great boom. The communities thus served, would have had little chance of hospitalization otherwise.
The late Miss L. Grenville, Public Health Nurse for northern Ontario for fifteen years, appealed to the Red Cross Society to especially consider the great need of St. Joseph island, pointing out its isolation, particularly in spring and fall.
Miss Wilkinson, then Superintendent of Outposts, came to our Island and held a couple of meetings, one at Richards Landing, and the other at Carterton Hall. This latter meeting was a get together of the Women’s Institute Branches of the Island. There was a good representation from the different branches; and Miss Wilkinson stated plainly the proposition the Red Cross would make with the Island people.