• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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Oral Histories: B

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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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Sue Ogden Bailey

Sue Ogden Bailey

Bailey, Sue Ogden
Interviewed August 26, 1989

Sue Ogden Bailey discusses growing up in Jackson County and spending summers in Independence. Just months older than Margaret Truman Daniel, Bailey describes the Henhouse Hicks and games played by the neighborhood girls.

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Mary Shaw Branton

Mary Shaw Branton

Branton, Mary Shaw
Interviewed July 9, 1991

Mary Shaw Branton has been a life long friend of Margaret Truman Daniel. Branton's mother was a member of the Tuesday bridge club. As children, Branton joined Margaret Truman in producing plays and playing at the Truman house.

Interview (pdf - 156KB)
Appendix (pdf - 1.2MB)

Evan Bayh

Sen. Evan Bayh

Bayh, Evan
Interviewed April 8, 2004

Senator Evan Bayh (D - Indiana) discusses his visit with Harry S Truman in January 1962 at the Truman Library. Six years old at the time, young Bayh accompanied his parents Birch and Marvella Bayh during a social call in advance of Birch Bayh's run for the U.S. Senate. Bayh remembers the impression Truman made on him that day and compares the meeting with others he had with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson as a youngster.

Interview (pdf - 3.54MB)


Did You Know?

Elizabeth Emery Gates, Bess Truman's grandmother, ca. 1903. Credit: Truman Library.

When Mrs. Truman’s grandmother died in 1924, her will left her house to her son (Bess Truman’s uncle). Mrs. Truman’s mother purchased the house from him for $10,000 and owned it until her death in 1952.