Oral Histories: L
Valeria LaMere, first nurse and companion, later housekeeper, worked for Bess W. Truman from October 1977 to Truman's death in 1982. LaMere discusses Truman's birthday parties, daily routine, President Carter's visit in 1980, shopping with the Secret Service and local friends and visitors.
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LaRoe, Maxine E.
Maxine LaRoe, librarian at the Independence branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, often assisted Bess W. Truman during her frequent visits to the library. LaRoe discusses the books chosen by Mrs. Truman and remembers Mike Westwood's presence in the library.
Robert Lockwood was first assigned to the Truman detail for a period of thirteen months from 1967 to 1968. Lockwood then served as the special agent in charge of the Secret Service assigned with the protection of Mrs. Truman from 1973 until 1982.
Albert Lockyer worked in the Truman home on several occasions performing remodeling tasks to prepare the home for the Truman's return from Washington, D.C. Lockyer describes the Trumans' attitude towards the workers and the various changes made in the attic in 1954 and 1955.
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Luff, Mary Sue
Mary Sue Luff, a longtime resident of Independence, discusses growing up, attending school, and interacting with the Truman family from the 1930s to the 1970s. Through her group of friends and eventual marriage to Jack Luff, Mary Sue Luff "watched history" at 219 N. Delaware Street from across the street in the Luff home.
Did You Know?
Truman’s performance rating dropped to 23 percent in November 1951, one point lower than President Richard Nixon’s lowest rating.