• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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  • Weekend Parking

    Due to the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival (Aug. 29 - Sept. 1) in downtown Independence, parking will be limited around the park visitor center and surrounding neighborhoods. Please plan accordingly. The Truman Home will be open for tours.

Truman Domestic Staff at Independence

Leola Estes

Leola Estes

Estes, Leola
Interviewed November 8, 1996 and February 3, 1997

Leola Estes began her twenty-four year career working for the Truman family in 1942, initially washing and ironing the household laundry and eventually cooking and serving meals.

Interviews Not Transcribed

Rev. Edward Hobby

Rev. Edward Hobby

Hobby, Rev. Edward
Interviewed July 2, 1985

The Reverend Edward Hobby worked for the Trumans from 1953 until Mrs. Truman's death in 1983. Hobby describes his position as "handyman" in which he maintained the grounds and gardens, completed various repair projects, cleaned the home, and helped prepare meals.

Interview (pdf - 100KB)
Appendix (pdf - 788KB)


Did You Know?

Bess Wallace seated. Credit: National Park Service

Harry Truman held women in high esteem. He wrote to Bess, “You know, I’ve always thought that the best man in the world is hardly enough for any woman.” Soon after their engagement, he wrote her, “You’ll never be sorry if you take me for better or worse because I’ll always try to make it better.”