The Ladies Protection & Relief Society was an organization designed to provide a home for struggling widows and orphans in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries near San Francisco, California. Despite controversy, the women eventually decided to raise money for the Society by performing plays, which may have been why Lizzie Applegate, being a playwriter herself, loved it so much and arranged in her will for the money that would buy her liquidated estate to go towards it.

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