Winifred Ruth O'Rear Diaries
Scope and Contents
The collection contains two diaries written in 1936 and 1937 by Winifred Ruth O'Rear of Mentone, Alabama. The diaries have entries for each day listing chores done, visitors, going to church, sewing, cooking, etc.
- O'Rear, Winifred Ruth (Person)
Biographical / Historical
Winifred Ruth O'Rear, youngest daughter of Samuel A. and Alice Mason O'Rear, was born on February 23, 1900, probably in Mentone, Alabama. Never marrying, she lived with her parents and after her father's death in 1911, remained with her mother. In the 1930 United States census, Alice O'Rear is listed as the head of the household but by the time these diaries were written in 1936 and 1937, she was apparently suffering from some type of debilitating illness as Winifred writes in them about her mother's health and having to care for her. The 1940 census shows Winifred as the head of the household and indicates that her sister Jessie Whitehead, along with Jessie's husband Paul O. and son James B. Whitehead, were living with her. Alice is not listed as she died in 1939. Winifred died on September 1, 1984, in Mentone.
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Mid-1930s diaries of a northeast Alabama woman
purchased from Benjamin Katz, 2015
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Martha Bace, 2015
- Guide to the Winifred Ruth O'Rear Diaries
- July 2015
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