Dearest Phylabe: letters from wartime England by Edith Base

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All the other 59 agreed to continue as wardens on an unpaid basis. This was not the only aspect of the treatment of women that angered Edith and other like-minded liberal thinkers. In October she wrote in her diary: Started out to do a special about women doctors in the Army and stirred up a mare's nest. Women doctors are boiling with rage because once more the Army Office, though it does acknowledge them this time (last war, the women staffed and financed hospitals of their own in London, Russia, Dardanelles, Serbia and one in France), they are not to be allowed commissioned rank.

The early involvement of women in the war effort was on a voluntary basis, as thousands of women enrolled in the Women's Voluntary Service, a national organization headed by the Dowager Marchioness of Reading. The members did all manner of work, helped with the evacuation of children, found shelter and food for the homeless, transported patients, staffed canteens, and acted as practical nurses. Even the many women who joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) worked as volunteers for a year before they were accorded Page 22 "soldier's pay" of a shilling a day for a twelve-plus-hour day, seven days a week.

George Houston quickly became a respected figure in Greeley, serving both on the board of trustees of the school he had attended and as mayor of his adopted city, a position he held at the time of Phylabe's birth. He also served as director of the board of the Greeley and Loveland Irrigation Company (1923-1935) and as secretary Page 6 of the Mountain States Beet Growers' Association. In 1935, he was elected to the upper house of the Colorado Legislature. Phylabe's early years were passed in this atmosphere of community service.

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