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NO. R-37.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring former Holland town clerk Evelyn (Smith) Page of Holland.


Offered by:  Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District.

Whereas, Holland, Vermont native Evelyn Page has been a public servant who maintains an abiding love for her country, and

Whereas, this native of a small Vermont border town far from the ocean’s shores had the privilege of serving in World War II as a pioneer in the United States Coast Guard’s original women’s unit known as “SPARS” (Semper Paratus - Always Ready), and

Whereas, Evelyn Page’s path to this historic role occurred after she sat successfully for the United States civil service examination and accepted civilian employment with the Coast Guard in Washington, D.C., and

Whereas, shortly thereafter, in 1942, women were offered the chance to enlist in the newly formed SPARS unit, and

Whereas, following tours of duty in recruiting and booking positions, and participating in the ceremonial parade in Washington, D.C. that honored former President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the time of his death in 1945, Evelyn Page returned to Orleans County, accepting a position as a telephone operator at the Newport Telephone Company, and

Whereas, a chance conversation with a caller and former high school acquaintance, Reginald Page, led to a marriage now in its 57th year, and

Whereas, they operated a dairy farm together for many years, and

Whereas, in 1969, Evelyn Page’s public service resumed, this time on the local level, when she was elected Holland town clerk, a position she filled diligently and with distinction for 25 years, and

Whereas, more recently, her desire to continue to be involved in the community led to her volunteer work in the office of the East Side Restaurant in Newport and since 2000, at the Newport Hospital, and

Whereas, memories of her wartime service remain important to Evelyn Page, as every Memorial Day, usually in the accompaniment of local school children, she places American flags on the graves of the seven dozen veterans buried in the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, and

Whereas, she has made lasting contributions to her town and nation, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the public service contributions and community spirit of Evelyn Page of Holland, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Evelyn Page in Holland.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont