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Myrtis Leonard Conry ledger and diary

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2017-0008

Content Description

The diary and accounts ledger gives a brief look at the daily life of Myrtis and Joseph (Joe) Conry and their two young children in the late 1920's and 1930's Cookeville Tennessee. Written by Myrtis, the diary begins in March of 1928 and shares stories about what is happening in the Cookeville area and at T.P.I (Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, now Tennessee Technological University) and in the world. In her writings she mentions the cost of the T.P.I. President's house, the Presidential election and the Tennessee's Governor's race of 1928, the burial of Cookeville Mayor Jere Whitson, the Vandy vs UT game of 1928, the books she is reading, the memorial service of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and former President William Howard Taft in 1930, the first speech to the American people by Benito Moussolini in January 1931, the first world broadcast of Pope Piux XI of Rome in February 1931 and many other local and world stories. The ledger portion of the book gives a brief look at what goods and services cost during this time period. There is also a brief family history of the Leonard family on page 270 of the ledger. Three other diaries in this collection from 1949, 1950, and 1954 contain information about day to day life, books read, addresses, and appointments.

Acquisition Type


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  • Creation: 1921 - 1954



.5 Cubic Feet


1 ledger, 3 diaries