In this letter, Sallie Cotten, founder of the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, uses Gertrude's apt nickname.
425 North Blount Street
Raleigh, North Carolina May 12,1912
My dear Gertrude: -
This is an official notification that what you have heard is true, and you are indeed and in truth "Federation Gertie", and Sally Kirby's nickname was a prophecy.
I do most sincerely congratulate myself on my new Recording Secretary and please write to me promptly and tell me you are going to do all you can to help me make