Polk County

Capt. Esther C. Patterson



Five Iowa women took the women's army auxiliary corps oath from Capt. Robert Jacques at the army recruiting office Saturday. They are (left to right) Alice Barden, Cedar Rapids; Kathryn Bolte, Sioux City; Dorothy Hanft and Arline Tichenor, both of Davenport, and Esther Patterson, 2540 Des Moines st.

Eight more Iowa women were sworn in Saturday as auxiliaries (privates) in the women's army auxiliary corps at Des Moines army recruiting offices. They were:

Miss Esther Patterson, 30, a laboratory technician, of 2540 Des Moines st; Miss Nina Talbott, 25, of 2131 Cottage Grove ave; Pauline Giannoble, 24, a photograph printers, of 2900 S.W. Ninth st; Chassi L Belvel, 25, a domestic worker, of 51 S.W. Thirty-fifth st, Kathryn M. Bolte, 21, an officer worker. of Sioux City; Arline Tichenor, 28, a cosmetologist of Davenport; Dorothy Hanft, 23, an office worker of Davenport and Alice C. Barden, 23, of Cedar Rapids.

Source: The Des Moines Register, August 9, 1942 (photo included)

Esther C. Patterson, of 2532 Des Moines st, recently was promoted to a captain in the WAC at Camp Ellis, Ill. She is commanding officer of a WAC detachment there. Captain Patterson received her basic training at Fort Des Moines. In civilian life, she was a laboratory technician at Mercy Hospital.

Source: The Des Moines Tribune, February 14, 1944 (photo included)