Hostesses Wanted at Camp Upton


November 6, 1940

Many Want Jobs As Upton Hostesses


             High school girls and matrons; single women with no dependents and widows supporting families; housekeepers and women who served as Red Cross workers in the World War; college graduates and women with little formal education- all are represented in the more than 100 applications received by Col. C. W. Baird, commanding officer of Camp Upton, for the post of camp hostess.

            Since the war department announced plans to employ one chief hostess and two junior hostesses at each camp where a service club is maintained, applications have been coming in steadily in Yaphank, either by mail or delivered in person.

            Lieut. Colonel R. S. Gibson, executive officer, was granted personal interviews to all women who have visited the camp seeking appointments.

At Camp Upton over the week-end, it was announced that primary consideration will be given to individuals from local communities insofar as qualified personnel is found available.  It was pointed out, however, that a definite date for the selection of hostesses at Upton has not been set because the camp as yet offers no facilities for hostess housing.  Final action will be taken after the camp receives its first increment of selective service men.

The qualifications for chief of senior hostess are that the applicant must be between 30 and 50, must be a graduate of a high school or equivalent, and must have had at least three years’ experience as hostess or equivalent in a similar occupation.  The salary is $1,620 annually.

Examinations of the applications now on file reveals that 16 were submitted by high school girls and young women under the minimum age limit of 25 specified for junior hostess.  One 21-year-old applicant listed as qualifications her ability to teach minuet dancing.

A total of 35 applications fell within the age limits specified for junior hostess.  A majority of the women were high school graduates, some with one and two years’ college education. One young woman, an American by birth, was in Great Britain at the outbreak of hostilities.  She served as a member of the Woman’s Voluntary service in an anti-gas group and later as a member of the British Red Cross.

Six applicants fall in the 45-50 age group and number three veterans of Army cantonment work in the World War.  One of the three lists eight years’ academic study in Vienna and at a Sorbonne in Paris.


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