• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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    The Truman Home and Visitor Center are now closed Sundays, Mondays, & all federal holidays. The Truman Farm Home and the Noland Home are closed to the public.

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?

President Truman campaigning in Seattle, Washington. Credit: Truman Library

“To really understand Harry S Truman,” wrote his daughter, Margaret, “you must grasp the importance of humility in his thinking.” He was not the type of person to brag. “But,” continued Margaret, “this practice of humility never meant that Dad downgraded his worth, in his own mind.”