• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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?

Rubber bands found in the Truman home. Credit: National Park Service

The National Park Service found 1,846 books, 683 phonograph records, 131 pencils, 391 paperclips, 189 rubber bands, and 804 coat hangers in the Truman home.