Volume IV, Number 25
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Ventura, California 19 June 1937
Wedding Bells Ring For
This afternoon Miss Margarete
Claxton of Washington, D. C., will become
the bride of Ensign Barrows,
popular young Houston officer. The
wedding will be solemnized at the
All Saints Church, Los Angeles.
This past Wednesday Miss Elsie
Robottom, daughter of our former
Executive Officer, was married to Ensign
Robert Burdick, former Houston
officer, in a very colorful ceremony at
St. Lukes Church in Long Beach.
On the fourth of June Miss Madeline
Kelleher Johnstone of New London,
Conn., became the bride of Lt. ( jg)
Williams, former Houston officer. This
past week the Williams visited friends
in Long Beach while on their way to
Honolulu where Mr. Williams will
have duty on the S- 34.
Marine Officers Detached
This week saw the transfer of Capt.
John E. Curry and 2d Liuet. Herbert
H. Williamson. Capt. Curry has been
CO of the Marine Detachment for
the last 19 months and left for the
Marine Barracks, Quantico, Va., last
Tuesday for duty. Lieut. Williamson
received his orders for transfer to
Pensacola, Fla., for flight training.
In addition to these two marine
officers, Lt. ( jg) A. L. Young and Ensign
Johnson ( US R) were also detached.
Mr. Young who for the past
thirty- two months of his three years
on the Houston has been Second Division
Officer, was transferred to the
Brazos. Ensign Johnson, having completed
his two weeks of active duty
returned to Oakland, Calif., where he
is practicing law.
7YEARS is a long time in the life
of any man- o'- war. That is the
length of time which has elapsed since
the commissioning of the U. S. S. Houston
at Newport News, Virginia, on " he
17th of June, 1930. To those of us
who have been fortunate enough to
participate in all or part of the picturesque
career of the Rambler Ship,
those years have been memorable
ones filled with never- to- be- forgotten
events and splendid cruises.
The ports in which the Houston's
anchors have been dropped would read
like the combined itineraries of several
world cruises. She has threaded
the channels of inland rivers and canals
and most of the world's fabulous
seven seas. She has dipped her colors
in greeting to and swung at anchor
with the ships of the world: Her companions
have been sleek liners and
grim warships flying the colors of all
the maritime nations of the earth;
oddly shaped junks and sampans of
China and Japan and the Philippine
Islanders' outrigger canoes with
brightly painted sails havp. played tag
with her slender clipper bow.
Her propellers have churned the
waters of the world's great ports:
New York, San Francisco, Southampton,
Rotterdam, La Havre, orfolk,
Charleston, Houston, Kobe, Yokohama,
Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila,
Honolulu, Valparaiso, Panama City.
Seattle- and many other far flung
places have greeted her. Under her
bows have slid much green water and
behind her lies hundreds of thousands
of sea miles.
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Navy Mothers Clubs
The Navy Mothers Clubs of America
closed their fourth annual convention
yesterday with the election
of officers and a dinner at the Hayward
Hotel, Los Angeles.
Former adjutant, Mrs. ell E.
Evans, of Portland, Oregon, was reelected
national commander, a position
she well deserves.
It is of interest to note the following
facts concerning this splendid
woman who has been mainly responsible
for organizing the mothers of
Navy men on a national scale.
When the first Presidential Cruise
ended in Portland, Oregon, three
years ago this month, Mrs. Evans intertained
a large group of the Houston's
enlisted men with a house party
at her Portland home. At · that time
she had one son in the service, but
had never heard of the organization
which she now heads. Frenchy Godaire,
Shipfitter 2c, still attached to the
Rambler Ship, sent " Mom" Evans
copies of Our avy magazine because
of her intense interest in the service
and in appreciation of her kindness.
In one of those issues a short article
mentioned the NMC group which had
been getting its start in a small area
in Texas; immediately Mrs. Evans
became interested and shortly thereafter
had started organizing Portland's
club, now one of the largest
in the country with more than one
hundred members. At the first convention
she was elected national adjutant
which was another way of assuring
the quick success of the organization
which works only for the
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