Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. employees lined up outside the Northern California Community Blood Bank on Nov. 17, 1964, to donate blood. (Times-Standard file photo)
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Seventy employees from Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. arrived at the Northern California Community Blood Bank 55 years ago this month to donate blood.

According to a Nov. 20, 1964 article in the Humboldt Times newspaper, the donations couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We are very low on the O positive type,” said Martha “Marty” Moore, blood bank administrator at the time. “As a matter of fact, we are just low, generally, and we need contributions this time of year more than at any other time. There is no substitute for human blood, and most people don’t think about it until they desperately need it.”

Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. Manager James Nealis greeted his staff as they filed through the blood bank door. Dr. Jacob Reicher, attending physician at the blood bank in 1964, was also on hand. The blood drive was organized by employees William Broduer, Rose Graham, Larry Pizzuto, Vera Parks and George Palmer, the Humboldt Times reported.

Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. repairman Ben Fridley goes through the process of giving blood. He’s pictured with nurse Mary Haskin and Northern California Community Blood Bank Administrator Marty Moore. (Times-Standard file photo)

The Northern California Community Blood Bank opened in 1950 in downtown Eureka and by 1964 had moved to its current location at 2524 Harrison Ave. The blood bank director that year was Dr. Robert Morris and the nonprofit facility was sponsored by the Humboldt-Del Norte County Medical Society.

Today, the blood bank is still going strong. It is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about the Northern California Community Blood Bank and about making a whole blood, double red cell, platelet or plasma donation, go to www.nccbb.net.

Heather Shelton can be reached at 441-0516.

 

 

 

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