Indiana Historical Society, P0391
When America became involved in World War I, the Quaker Church formed
the American Friends Service Committee. This organization was
formed to provide an alternative way for pacifists to serve their
country during the First World War. Alice took an
introductory nursing course of study, signed up with the American
Expeditionary Forces in connection with the AFSC, and sailed to France
in 1918. Her passport states that she would remain in
Europe for an indefinite period of time with the AFSC. She
returned from Liverpool on a ship named the USS Baltic in 1928, but it
is not known if she returned prior to that date and then went back to
Europe on other business.
It has not been determined exactly what Alice did in France during WWI and the aftermath. Rather than work independently, the AFSC plugged into the already existing structure of the Red Cross. The American Friends Service Committee worked a great deal with meeting the needs of the devastated civilian population of France. Many homes were destroyed and medical care was scarce. People needed food, clothing and general hygiene items. Thanks to the AFSC, hospitals for civilian victims were staffed and homes were rebuilt. Shops were set up to sell a variety of items such as food and bedding, and goods were distributed by mobile shops located in vans and transported to areas that were in need.
Alice went back to California to teach high school sometime after WWI
ended. Well into her nineties she would travel back to Indiana
every few years to visit family and attend an annual Friends conference
in Richmond, Indiana. At first, she took the train but later
would fly. Once she rode on a helicopter between O’Hare and
Midway airports in Chicago to catch a connecting flight to the small
airport in Kokomo, Indiana. Always full of surprises, she became
what is often described as a “December Bride” by getting married on May
1, 1972 to James Burt in Long Beach, California. Two years later
she died on May 29, 1974, one month before her 98th birthday. Her
body was returned to Indiana where she was buried in Friends Cemetery
in Amboy, Indiana not far from the location she was born. Alice
lived a life for others as is in keeping with the Quaker way. For
nearly 98 years she served her family, her community, her country and
the world with an energetic, sure and steadfast step. Her
non-wavering strength and enthusiasm for life serves as a beacon for
the young women of Miami County, Indiana today and of future
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“‘California Marriage Index, 1960-1985," Database, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Ark:/61903/1:1:V6NH-PMM : 27 November 2014), James Burt and Mary A Lamb, 10 May 1972; from ‘California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985," Database and Images, Ancestry (Http://Www.ancestry.com : 2007); Citing Los Angeles City, California, Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.”
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“‘New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," Database with Images, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Ark:/61903/1:1:242D-1ZJ : 2 October 2015), Mary Alice Lamb, 1938; Citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA Microfilm Publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, N.d.).”
“‘New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," Database with Images, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Ark:/61903/1:1:24XQ-HQ1 : 2 October 2015), Alice Lamb, 1928; Citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA Microfilm Publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, N.d.).”
Postcard Amboy Indiana Historical Society, P0391; Used with permission from the Indiana Historical Society
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“‘United States Census, 1880," Database with Images, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Pal:/MM9.1.1/MH9Y-SXL : 12 August 2016), Mary A Lamb in Household of Ezra T Lamb, Harrison, Miami, Indiana, United States; Citing Enumeration District ED 125, Sheet 627A, NARA Microfilm Publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, N.d.), Roll 0299; FHL Microfilm 1,254,299.”
“‘United States Census, 1900," Database with Images, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Ark:/61903/1:1:M992-5LX : Accessed 30 July 2017), Mary Alice Lamb in Household of Charles F Chapman, Wayne Township (Southwest Portion Excl. Richmond City Incl. Earlham College), Wayne, Indiana, United States; Citing Enumeration District (ED) 159, Sheet 1B, Family 1, NARA Microfilm Publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL Microfilm 1,240,412.”
“ ‘United States Census, 1930," Database with Images, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Pal:/MM9.1.1/XCJL-Y48 : Accessed 30 July 2017), Alice M Lamb, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States; Citing Enumeration District (ED) ED 1119, Sheet 8B, Line 95, Family 199, NARA Microfilm Publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), Roll 130; FHL Microfilm 2,339,865.”
“‘United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," Database with Images, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Ark:/61903/1:1:QV5B-FZ8H : 4 September 2015), Mary Alice Lamb, 1918; Citing Passport Application, California, United States, Source Certificate #23970, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, 542, NARA Microfilm Publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, N.d.); FHL Microfilm 1,571,708.”
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