In good company

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Taking a dip into history

A recent search of the Lane Blood Center archives turned up some fascinating items. Old photos, newspaper clippings and blood center memorabilia from 1961 — the year the blood center was created — to the present day weave a rich history of the blood center, Lane County and Oregon.

The following item is from the March-April 1962 issue of Georgia-Pacific’s internal newsletter, “GP Growth” (Click here to see original clipping). It highlights the early days of Lane Blood Center (formerly Lane Memorial Blood Bank), a time when timber was king. Pictured are G-P employees, a nurse in old-fashioned uniform, and our very first bloodmobile, a silver Airstream trailer. Enjoy!

Blood Bank Aids Company “Family”

Employees of the Springfield Division have a brand new organization, their own blood donor club. It was formed to provide for emergency blood as needed by employees and their families from causes other than industrial accident.

Present membership is 525, approximately one-third of the Division’s employees, according to President Rod Noah. The Fiber-Ply department, in which Noah is employed, was first to have 100 per cent sign-up, but was followed quickly by the Springfield log pond crew. Currently, membership includes: 24 per cent of the Sawmill employees, 16 per cent of Plywood 1 employees, 33 per cent of Plywood 2, 38 per cent of Mosby Creek logging, 12 per cent of Little Fall Creek logging and 40 per cent of the general office staff. The 100 per cent Springfield Pond is part of the Fall Creek logging department.


Need for the blood donor club developed soon after the Lane County Memorial Blood Bank was formed as an agency to provide blood as needed to the various hospitals of the county. It replaced several “walking blood banks” and a large commercial bank. Replacement of blood is allowed on a two-for-one basis, enabling the donor club to save its members substantial sums of money as well as to provide blood quickly in an emergency.

Noah said the G-P donor club plans to keep 25 pints of blood “on deposit”, and that additional blood will be drawn as needed through visits of the county “bloodmobile” to the various G-P installations. Thus far, one employee has received blood immediately following an operation, and two members of employees’ families have similarly had transfusions. The first and only bloodmobile visit to date was to the Springfield G-P personnel office. The second will be to the Mosby Creek logging office in the woods at a date to be determined by “withdrawals” against the current “deposit”.

Goal of the club is to get every employee signed as a member, including those unable due to medical reasons to give blood. Those in the latter classification may help with clerical tasks, Noah pointed out.

The plant nurse, Mrs. Laura Ulrich, has been the “sparkplug” of the donor club, helping with organization, bloodmobile scheduling and general advice, Noah said.


Author: Rebecca Taylor

One Response to "In good company"

  1. Jeanne Hartzell Posted on July 21, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I am so excited about this article. I am the proud owner of the 1962 Airstream Blood Mobile. I have been looking for the past 4 years for pictures of it. I have the signs but they are not legible. I was wondering if anymore pictures are available.
    I will take anything, I am an Oregonian, born in Sacret Heart, lived in Eugene, raised and Graduated in Oakridge OR. My Grandparents owned Snappy’s #3 by the Amtrak station in Eugene. My Dad used to drive Taxi and my Mom was a waitress, when they first met.
    They have both retired now. I live in Jefferson, OR ANY information you have would be wonderful!
    Thanks again!
    Jeanne A Hartzell (Petzold)

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