• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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Truman White House Staff

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.

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Schlichenmaier, Frances Myers
Interviewed August 28, 1989

Frances M. Schlichenmaier was hired by Rose Conway in 1951 to serve as an assistant in President Truman's White House office. Schlichenmaier worked for Truman until shortly after his death in 1972. She describes the development of Truman's downtown Kansas City office and then the transfer of records to the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri.

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Did You Know?

Handwritten memo by Harry S. Truman. Credit: Truman Library

Through his letters and diary entries, it appears Mr. Truman, despite his presidential power, remained a relatively humble man throughout his life.