• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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Reathel Odum

Reathel Odum

Odum, Reathel
Interviewed October 10, 1988

Reathel Odum was Bess W. Truman's personal secretary from 1945 to 1953. Odum discusses living in the White House, Madge Gates Wallace, guests of the Trumans during the presidency, and visiting the Truman home in Independence.

Interview Not Transcribed

 

Did You Know?

Harry and Vivian Truman as young boys. Credit: National Park Service

Harry Truman was accident-prone as a child. When he was a little boy, he broke his collarbone when he fell off a chair while combing his hair.