Sadly, I could find no photos of these women in the historical photos sites, if you have one, please send and I will post. Lots of photos of things, and people outside, and even buildings, but the clerk is invisible in the photos I could access from the internet.
Thanks to Les Joslin for this information: “The Forest Clerk” was written by Rita A. Castle and published in John D. Guthrie’s 1919 “The Forest Ranger and Other Verse.”
THE FOREST CLERK
Who could relate the kinds of work
That fall to the lot of the Forest Clerk?
Record the things that she must do
Before she counts her day’s work through?
She opens the letters and reads the mail
From a grazer’s complaint to a timber sale;
She takes dictation as a matter of course
From the janitor up to the head of the force;
She bears the brunt of the office ire
And wears a smile as she pokes the fire;
Till frowns disappear and hearts grow strong.
And not the least of her many trials
Is keeping in mind all things in the files,
Which files she arranges day after day
For those who take out but don’t put away.
Accounts and disbursements must be kept well in hand,
As for errors in that line no DF will stand;
And so the poor Clerk must worry her brains,
And get little thanks for her efforts and pains.
She makes out reports and orders supplies
For the force in the office and Ranger likewise.
She straightens out claims and helps on the maps,
Reconnaissance, grazing, or boundaries, perhaps.
She answers the telephone forty times daily,
Welcomes all visitors and talks to them gaily,
E’en though on her desk the work stands knee deep,
And all must be finished before she can sleep.
The first of the year she turns her attention
To Accountability too awful to mention!
Then follow the things which before I have quoted
Though dozens of things I haven’t yet noted,
Such as corrals and fences and bridges and trails,
Telephone lines and great timber sales;
Fire prevention for tree preservation
To help Uncle Sam promote Conservation.
She tends all these duties in a businesslike way;
So when all’s said and done no critic can say
She doesn’t deserve, from the hands of the Nation,
The small sum she gets as due compensation.