Youngstown Jaycees with Santa abt 1951
Youngstown Jaycees with Santa, Mile of Dimes Project, Photo taken about 1951.
Left to Right: unknown (possibly Russell Fish), David V. Gregg?, Santa (possibly R.O. Cournoyer), Walter Grey McKenrick Jr. (1917-2000), Irving Loewit, H. Richard Conner?, unknown.
Jaycees are seen after speaking on the radio station, WKBN. They were in downtown Youngstown near the movie theater (Warner Brothers' Theater?).
In 1938, the Youngstown Jaycees came up with the idea to collect dimes for a worthy cause. Its name was also its goal, "Mile of Dimes". By 1959, the Youngstown Jaycees collected $65,000 for the local T.B. Association.
Between the years of 1950-1952, the Jaycees constructed a wooden lung (an exact replica of an iron lung) and at the height of a severe Polio season gave it to the Youngstown Hospital. The Jaycees solicited funds in 1959 to purchase a T.B. X-Ray bus.