Bloomington (IN) Republican Progress
March 1, 1893
DR. GARDNER'S GIFT
Washington, Feb. 22 – Dr. Joseph Gardner of Bedford, Indiana, has advised Miss Clara Barton, president of the National Red Cross Society, that he has deeded to that association "as a thank offering of humanity," for the purpose of making it the headquarters of the association, a tract of land containing 782 acres, or more than one square mile in extent, in the bluegrass region on the Kentucky border of Indiana. He modestly says of his gift: "Though not improved to the standard of excellence that I could wish for your sake, yet it has upon it a village, a post office, barns, tenant houses, orchards, forest, including groves of sugar maple, quarries of the famous Bedford Oolitic stone, a beautiful river frontage of one mile and springs of excellent water. A trunk line of railway passes through it and three other lines of railways are near it making it easily accessible for shipping purposes to all parts of the country. For speedy transit, it leaves little to be desired. It is three hours from Louisville, four hours from Cincinnati, six hours from St. Louis and seven hours from Chicago."
Miss Barton, as president of the association, has accepted the magnificent donation.
Saginaw (MI) News
July 1, 1893
MISS BARTON IN INDIANA
Miss Clara Barton, president of the Society of the Red Cross, is spending a few days at Bedford, Indiana. Miss Barton's unselfish life, devoted to the relief of suffering humanity, entitles her to the reverence of the world. She has probably received more decorations and orders of merit than any living woman. She comes to Bedford to arrange for the acceptance of the large and valuable tract of land donated to the Red Cross society by Dr. Gardner, upon which it is the intention to establish a home to be controlled by Miss Barton for the society — Bedford (IND) Letter.
Typed and donated by Randi Richardson.