Cerro Gordo County

Ensign Lois Viola Towle




ON WAVE PROGRAM -- Miss Viola Towle, of Mason City, editor of the Iowa Business and Professional Women's Association magazine was heard over radio station WHO Saturday on that station's new program, "We are the WAVES." Miss Towle was in Des Moines that day to complete her enlistment in the women's reserve of the navy, the WAVES.

Source: The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, March 13, 1943 (photo included)

Lois Viola Towle Is Commissioned Ensign

SPAR Lois Viola Towle, former Mason City resident, was commissioned an ensign in the Coast Guard Women's Reserve at Palm Beach, Florida, on June 14, and after a short leave will report to Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. for duty.

Ensign Towle had completed 4 months training for Coast Guard pay and supply officers given at the SPAR training station at the former Palm Beach Biltmore hotel. Only SPARS are being trained now in Coast Guard pay and procedures and the class of '44 in which Ensign Towle was graduated will be distributed across the country f to free men in Coast Guard offices for sea duty.

At the time she was selected for officer training, Ensign Towle wqas on duty in the military morale division at Coast Guard headquarters, Washington. Her earlier SPAR training was given at Hunter college, New York City, and in Palm Beach.

Before enlisting,Miss Towle was office manager for the Hutchinson Ice Cream company in Mason City. She worked actively in the Y.W.C.A. and was president of the Mason City Women's Bowling league.

Source: The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, June 16, 1944 (photo included)