Gridley’s bid for a hospital of some kind or other seems to be back to where it was three years ago as the result of action taken Wednesday evening by a newly-formed committee representative of Gridley and Biggs organizations.  The group passed a resolution ordering the chairman, Hayward Reed, Jr., to contact the supervisors and withdraw the petition asking that a hospital district be formed.

Project Back to Starting Point 3 Years ago

Gridley’s bid for a hospital of some kind or other seems to be back to where it was three years ago as the result of action taken Wednesday evening by a newly-formed committee representative of Gridley and Biggs organizations.  The group passed a resolution ordering the chairman, Hayward Reed, Jr., to contact the supervisors and withdraw the petition asking that a hospital district be formed.

The motion might be called anti-climax inasmuch as the petition had been presented to the supervisors, signatures checked and April 1st set as the date for a public hearing.  Announcement of action by the supervisors came as a surprise to Sanford and others (Dr. Keith) who were under the impression that action on the petitions had been held up.  Later it was learned that when a petition is filed with the clerk for verification of names it automatically progresses to the supervisors.

Representatives of the Gridley Farm Bureau, Community Club, Gridley Chamber of Commerce, Biggs Community Club, Gridley Rotary Club, Quota Club, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lions Club and the Woman’s Club attended the meeting.

Dr. Keith Sanford, president of the Gridley Community club, sponsor of the district plan, reviewed agitation to date for a hospital, emphasizing that the club program was based on the idea that the Gridley-Biggs district needs a hospital, type of which is something that is up to the people to decide.

Reed Is Chairman

Hayward Reed, chairman of the Gridley Farm center, was named as permanent chairman of the committee which is to be known as the Community Hospital Planning Committee.  Wilbur Rutherford was named secretary-treasurer.

Leon Brink of Biggs expressed the views of the larger land owners, particularly those whose properties lie west of Gridley and Biggs, stating that petitions of exclusion of a nine mile square tract from a hospital district have been prepared for presentation to the supervisors.  Brink said that is appears that the hospital issue has developed into a cat and dog fight and that a new start should be made in order to secure harmony.  He then introduced the motion that the petitions for a hospital district be withdrawn.  His motion was seconded by Monte Justeson and approved.
The Biggs man stated that it was apparent that details necessary for consideration of other types of a hospital were not available at the time and suggested that a committee be named to secure data and costs of hospital construction, equipment and operation, data that would be up-to-the-minute, reflecting present building and labor costs.

Dr. Prescott Thompson reviewed efforts made in the past to secure data on the several types of hospital.

Would Hire Promoter

Clifford Carlin suggested that a paid promoter be retained to further the hospital program.  He was of the opinion that meetings could be held indefinitely without result.

Dr. Thompson, in referring to hospital costs, said that he and Dr. Hollis Carey figured before the war that a 25 bed hospital would cost $50,000.00.  With building and material costs practically doubled they now figure that a similar hospital will cost $100,000.00.

All were agreed that legal advice was necessary to give the hospital situation any further consideration.  Chairman Reed named Brink to contract an attorney.

Wilbur Rutherford and Dr. Prescott Thompson were named a committee of two to secure information on the several types of hospitals and how they are being constructed at the present time.

Clifford Carlin suggested that efforts be made to advertise the fact that Gridley needs a hospital to the end that outside capital be secured.

A motion was also passed that the various organizations be asked to contribute $25.00 to a fund to be used by the committee in securing information on size and type of hospital needed for the Gridley district.  The sum of $100.00 remaining in the treasury of the disbanded Gridley Junior Chamber of Commerce was declared available for the purpose.

Would Include Live Oak

It was also suggested that if the district plan was out of the picture it would be a good idea to include the Live Oak area in the program.

Attending the meeting were Worth Bayles, Leon Brink, Chas. H. Johnson and Bill Fiedler of Biggs; Hayward Reed, C.G. Stowe, Monte Justeson, of the Farm Bureau; L. J. Pryde, Cliff Carlin, Gridley Chamber of Commerce; Wm. Hancock, V. F. W.; Mrs. Wm. Wick, Mrs. J. H. Hauser and Mrs. Alice Cowan, Woman’s Club; Chas. Randolph and Dr. Prescott Thompson, Rotary Club; Allan Lindsay, Roy Bray, Lions Club J. E. Storm, M. T. Machado, Slarence Nedom, Don T. Lucas, Dr. Keith Sanford and Wilbur Rutherford, Community club; Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Schohr and Chas. R. Burleson.