• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

Grandview Farm

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Babcock, Charles
Interviewed March 27, 1996

Charles E. Babcock grew up in Hickman Mills, Missouri and attended school with the Truman family.

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Dawson, Betty
Interviewed July 14, 2003

Betty Dawson was instrumental in the early preservation of the Truman Farm and its development as a national historic site. She worked for over 17 years as a National Park Service seasonal guide at the Farm Home.

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Foglesong, George
Interviewed June 24, 1997

Mr. Foglesong was the retired carpenter-turned-contractor who oversaw extensive repairs to the Truman Farm Home in 1984-1985. He discusses the condition of the home and work that was completed by the Truman Farm Home Foundation.

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Goddard, Sterling
Interviewed June 6, 2000

Mr. Goddard was a longtime acquaintance of the Truman family. He was involved with the Truman Farm Home Foundation from 1980-1986. He discusses the restoration of the Truman Farm Home.

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Martha Ann Swoyer

Martha Ann Swoyer

Swoyer, Martha Ann
Interviewed July 9, 1991 and November 29, 1995

Martha Ann Swoyer, daughter of J. Vivian and Luella Truman and niece of Harry S Truman, was raised on the family farm in Grandview, Missouri. Swoyer discusses the many relationships within the Truman family spanning four generations.

Interview 7-9-1991 (pdf - 241KB)
Interview 11-29-1995 Not Transcribed

 
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Truman, Fred L.
Interviewed June 18, 1991

Fred L. Truman, son of J. Vivian and Luella Truman and nephew of Harry S Truman, discusses the Truman family and life on the Truman farm in Grandview, where he spent many years. Truman relates the importance of Harry S Truman as a member of the larger Truman family rather than as a national political figure.

Interview (pdf - 278KB)

 
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Truman, Gilbert and Harry A.
Interviewed July 29, 1991

Gilbert and Harry A. Truman were the sons of John Vivian Truman, the President's brother. They discuss life on and around the two Truman farms in Grandview, Missouri. Harry A. lived in the Truman Farm Home from 1946 to 1955 and talks about the modifications made to the house to make it "modern."

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Mary Higbee Truman

Mary Higbee Truman

Truman, Mary H.
Interviewed July 29, 1991

Mary Higbee Truman met Harry S Truman when he was Jackson County judge, and she later married his nephew, John C. Truman. Truman shared stories about family activities such as Sunday dinners in Grandview at the Truman farm, inaugurations, vacations at the White House, and VIP tours of the capitol.

Interview (pdf - 120KB)
Appendix (pdf - 787KB)

 

Did You Know?

Bess and Margaret Truman at the Democratic convention. Credit: Truman Library

Harry Truman wanted to shine in the eyes of those he held dear. He wrote to Bess in 1942, “I’ve wanted so badly to make good in the Senate so you and [Margaret] wouldn’t be ashamed of me.”