County Telephone Company Employees Donate Blood in 1964 – Times-Standard


Seventy Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. employees arrived at the Northern California Community Blood Bank 55 years ago this month to donate blood.

According to a November 20, 1964 article in the Humboldt Times newspaper, the donations could not have come at a better time.

“We’re very low on Type O positive,” said Martha “Marty” Moore, the blood bank administrator at the time. “In fact, we’re just down, in general, and we need contributions this time of year more than 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 walked through the door to the blood bank. Dr Jacob Reicher, attending physician at the blood bank in 1964, was also present. 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 blood donation process. He is 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 director of the blood bank that year was Dr Robert Morris and the nonprofit was sponsored by Humboldt-Del Norte County. Medical society.

Today, the blood bank is as strong as ever. 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 donating whole blood, double red blood cells, platelets or plasma, visit

Heather Shelton can be reached at 441-0516.


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