Think about this, women of the twenty-first century: before my father boarded his assigned tankers and ships, he penned a letter:
To Whom It May Concern:
Any decisions, ordinarily requiring approval of a husband may be executed upon instructions from my wife, Mrs. Elinor Beaton, with this letter giving my unconditional approval.
Mom might need that in case she had to see a doctor while her husband was away. Surgery needed a husband’s approval.
Women were still viewed as under the protection of a male (husband, brother, etc.) in our town, in that time.
How things have changed!