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He first worked as a gardener and handyman for Nathan Meeker's widow, Arvilla, and her daughter, Rosene Skewes. When the Meekers could no longer afford to keep him, George Houston offered his services to the Sanborns. After graduation from the normal school and a year's teaching at Otis, Houston returned to Greeley, where he became a partner in the Sanborn real estate business. He later married Gladys Sanborn and they lived on a large farm to the west of town. 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.

Bessie had no time to retrieve her luggage and it was all lost when that ship, the Athenia, was sunk on its voyage to America. Bessie, in later years, remembered a somewhat different sequence of events. She had booked passage on the Athenia but sailed a week earlier on the Antonia, a ship that had been held over to take on passengers from Southampton. Because she changed her plans so abruptly, some of her luggage was loaded on the Athenia and was lost when that ship went down. The SS Athenia, the first British passenger liner of the war sunk by a German U-boat, was attacked by mistake.

6d.!! '" But of all the adjustments made necessary by the war, the average Briton was soon to become most impatient with the mounting red tape. A wartime bureaucracy was a legacy of the Great War, when professional experts were found necessary to supervise an increasingly complex war economy and mobilization. By the end of the war these officials exercised almost autonomous authority. Though this bureaucracy was dismantled after the armistice, in the months before Hitler's invasion of Poland the government made plans for reviving it, with all the red tape and restrictions that accompany such an administration.

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