The Caddo Herald
March 13, 1936
35,000 Relief Workers to be Taken Off Work by May Thirty-First
A curtailment program taking off WPA work rolls relief clients to the number of 35,000 by May 31st was agreed on at Oklahoma City Monday night after a conference between the state and district relief administrators of WPA.
A survey will be had in each district to determine which are to be first to go. Rolls must be cut to 54,000 by June 30 when all WPA projects are scheduled to be completed.
Key said the greatest curtailment will be in sanitation and malarial control and farm to market road and no new projects will be accepted.
“We are trying to go about this in the most painless way possible. We are going to see that those who most need work are going to get it while those who have a chance to get something else will be taken from the rolls,” Key said.
In the light of this cutting of work rolls, it is the wiser farmer who quits now and puts in his crop and tries to make some living at home; for if he waits a few weeks and is cut off the work he will not have time to put in a garden or crop. And will have no WPA work.
State Relief Costs to Rise as WPA Rolls Grow Less and Less
Reduction in rolls of WPA will increase the mounting load of state relief as the Welfare Board Tuesday made its largest apportionment of funds on the basis of $3 for each individual.
There are 56,826 cases and 160,000 individual applications.
For March Atoka County was given $17,103; Bryan County$10,908; Choctaw County had $9,249; Sequoyah $20,892; coal $3,168. Atoka and Sequoyah seem to be quite active in getting more than half their population on the county relief.
If only the actual needy people were given relief there is no just cause for compliant, but when just anybody who asks is put on the roll it is time to call a halt. We have heard people say they want ot get all of the money for their county so they enroll all who will sign an application saying they have no resources whatever.