• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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Oral Histories: C

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Carnes, Bill and Mary
Interviewed June 2, 2000

Mr. Carnes's mother, Caroline Carnes, was a sister to May Wallace. He frequently visited the home of George and May Wallace. He recalls how rooms in their home were used, describes add-ons to the home, and how the yard developed through the years.

Interview Not Transcribed

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Carter, Jimmy and Rosalynn
Interviewed October 1991

Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter talked about their relationship with Harry S and Bess W. Truman, including their personal feelings about the Trumans' performance in the White House and their visits to Independence.

Interview (pdf - 113KB)
Appendix (pdf - 1.3MB)

Petey Childers

Petey Childers

Childers, A. Layle "Petey"
Interviewed August 13, 1991

Petey Childers owned and operated a pharmacy in Independence, Missouri for approximately fifty-five years. As a pharmacist, he served the Trumans, Dr. Charles Allen, and many other notable Independence residents with ties to the Trumans.

Interview (pdf - 204KB)
Appendix (pdf - 818KB)

Jessie Colby

Jessie Colby

Colby, Jessie
Interviewed November 21, 1985

Jessie Colby was an acquaintance of the Trumans throughout their lives beginning in the early 1920s. Her husband graduated with Harry S Truman in the same Ararat Shrine class in 1945. Colby was a co-member of a women's organization with Bess Truman.

Interview (pdf - 205KB)


Did You Know?

Harry Truman as a young boy. Credit: National Park Service

When Harry Truman was nine, he contracted a near-fatal case of diphtheria that paralyzed his arms and legs; he was pushed around in a baby carriage for several months until he regained the use of his limbs.