NOTE: When Violet was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer, Evangeline Booth was definitely in attendance. A photo exists of the cadets with Evangeline Booth front and center. However, it is not known exactly who commissioned the cadets. By her presence, this author assumes she was the person doing the actual commissioning.
By the way, James and Violet did not last long as officers. They wanted to marry, but in Salvation Army officer tradition, they were required to wait for permission. They didn't wait. So that was the end of their career as officers, though they remained faithful soldiers for life.
Violet was a working mom. She worked as a clerk in the Salvation Army Thrift Store on L Street, Sacrramento. When her daughter, Eva, had a devistating stroke at age 29, not only did Violet continue working and taking care of her own underage sons, but she also took on the job of laundry for Eva's family, which consisted of Eva and her husband, as well as their six children.
The following is a reprint from "The Sholin/World Family History Book, 1993," collected and edited by Virginia Sholin Smallwood. This article is "My Memories of World War One," by Violet Page World:
"My mother and father never talked about the war. Mama did not like war so I can't remember when it started. they hid the newspapers from us - no radio or TV then.
"I know my father was transferred on the trains to sort mail. He used to sort mail to El Paso, Texas, and slept all the way home. They sent him from Los Angeles to San Franciso, to the Canadian border sorting mail. Because of the war he transferred around.
"Men running away from the draft would hide in the house next door that was vacant. They borrowed a frying pan from Mama and some eggs to fry. Mama was afraid to stay alone in our house so we moved to Redlands to Grandpa's house.
"At school, we gathered around the flag outdoors and sang war songs and 'America,' 'The Star Spangled Banner,' and the French National Anthem, and said silent prayers for the soldiers. When I was in the third grade we (the girls) would have to make feather stitch on infant gowns for the French and Belgian babies. The boys were to cut cotton rags into snips (like confetti) to make pillows for the soldiers. Vivian and I went to the Red Cross to get khaki yarn to knit wool socks for the soldiers. I knit one and Vivian the other.
"Vivian was for a size twelve foot. Mine was for a size six foot. Mama made us take it to the Red Cross. We were ashamed of the way they looked. The Red Cross thanked us for trying and said they could use the year. We also saved gum wrappers or any foil we could find. when we got enough we would sell it. I found twenty five cents' worth and bought a war stamp. boy, I really thought I was rich. They sold the stamps to the school children. Wehn we got enough we could get a five dollar war bond. I never got any more.
"When I was in the sixth grade, we had to make a war bond speech. The children were all sick that one day, all coming down with the flu. [Editor's note: this was during the infamous Spanish flu epidemic that took the lives of millions.] They sent quite a few home that day. When it was almost time for me to make my speech, I asked the teacher if I could go home. she said, "No."
"I remember giving my speech. I can't remember going home but I made it. I didn't remember anything for a whole week. The whole family had it except my mother and Frances. When we all got over it, Mama came down with it and she sent for Dad to come home. Frances said she wouldn't get the flu and she didn't.
"When the Armistice was signed all the whistles in town sounded off and the war was officially over. Mama went to work and told us kids to stay home. We had moved to San Bernardino. Then Vivian decided it was over and we all went to town anyway. The whole town stopped what they were doing and filled the streets. We met Mama down town and she bought all of us little flags. The next week, we had a Liberty Parade and all six of us kids marched in it. The Salvation Army band from Los Angeles came and marched in it. That day they hung a dummy in the park, a replica of Kaiser Wilhelm.
"One day three planes flew over Granpa Darrow's house in Redlands. My father, mother, grandma, and grandpa all ran out to see the planes. We had never seen any. Mama and Dad sent us all to the basement. They said it could be the Germans, but they stayed out and watched.
"A few months later they bought a train car through San Bernardino with war relics the Salvation Army had collected. A few months later President Wilson came through on a train going to San Diego. He had had a stroke and was very sick. Vivian said she was going down to the Santa Fe Depot and shake hands with the president. Vivian and I got up early and were down to the Santa Fe Depot an hour before the train arrived. We got as close to the rope as we could get. A little girl took out a bouquet of roses. As soon as she got off the train, Vivian and I crawled through the ropes and shook hands with the president and his wife before the police could hold us back.
"During the war we couldn't get enough flour and sugar to make bread but could get corn meal and barley flour, also rice flour, so we baked bread fro Grandpa and ate corn bread and baker's bread for us. Grandpa wouldn't eat bread bought from the store, so Mama bought store bread for us and saved the home made bread for Grandpa. They would sell only ten pounds of flour and sugar per family. Grandma had to go to the store and buy it and mama had to go to the store also to get enough for all of us. Grandma and Grandpa made ten of us.
"Buying cotton or woolen clothes was very expensive. Shoes went up from one dollar per pair to seven to ten dollars per pair. they weren't rationed but were hard to get. Mama during the war bought us tennis shoes at about fifty cents per pair. Leather shoes went so high, we couldn't keep four children in shoes for school. For the Victory Parade, Mama went to the store to buy me some white shoes. They were all leather at the cost of $7.00 per pair. She came home and cried because they cost so much. My father, at that time, was getting only $45.00 per month for them and six children. He gave Mama $40.00 and saved $15.00 to pay his expenses while working. When the war was over he got $60.00 pre month. that was for sorting mail on the train for the Post Office."
In a conversation with Violet (date unknown, but before 1993), she said she and her husband-to-be were in [Salvation Army] officer training at the same time, 1924-25. She didn't know it, but he had been writing to her sister and herself at the same time. Vivian, she said, "had five or six guys on the string and Jim was one of them."
In a phone conversation with Violet on 12 May 1991, she said she and her husband were living in Riverside, California when her mother, Maude Darrow Page, died. Violet and Jim lived rent-free in a nice house in return for Jim regularly checking on some vacant houses.
Another tidbit: Violet purchased land in the name of Cora Violet World. The record is at the Bureau of Land Management's web site.
Violet purchased 5.72 acres in the San Bernardino Meridian in San Bernardino County. Aliquot parts: 13, Section 24, Township: 1-N, Lot 13 of SENE. This was purchased from the Los Angeles, CA Land Office on 5 Dec 1958.