Further proof that there have always been caring people in Oklahoma. I was reminded of this item when I saw a news report yesterday about the current efforts to keep people warm during the snow storms. It is also interesting to note that even in the twenties the editor still refers to Caddo as “the city”.
The Caddo Herald
June 10, 1927
Free Fan Service
Because of the many letters and calls received from physicians and patients, telling of the benefits derived from electric fan service, and the desire of the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company to assist in helping in the communities in which it is privileged to serve the public, announcement is made by J. F. Owens, vice president and general manager, that in accordance with a practice followed during the past seven years, the company will again provide free electric fan service for sick people of this city who are unable to pay for it. All that is necessary to secure this service is for the attending physician to supply the name and address of the patient and certify the fan service is needed and that the sufferer is unable to pay for it.
Thus, sick people living in this city need not be without the benefit of electric fans during the summer, even though some of them may be unable to purchase the fans or pay for the current to operate them. Local physicians assert that the comfort and even the recovery of some of their patients depends upon cool air and mechanical ventilation during the hot weather and that where electric fans are not available much needless suffering results.