Linder Family Diaries
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Along with farming, Oran was employed at Missouri Farmers Association for 15 years and at a Kirksville lumberyard for 21 years. His diaries include mention of all such jobs. After retirement, Oran and Merle spent time traveling to all 50 states, keeping up with baseball and visiting relatives. The bulk of this part of Oran’s life can be found in the diaries from 1971 – 1992. Any diaries from 1932 through 1970 are not included because they do not exist to Harold Linder’s knowledge. Harold Linder, Oran’s oldest son, is the donor of this collection. Harold Linder is an exploration geologist who currently resides in Arizona. Besides traveling and prospecting, Harold enjoys learning about his family history and reflecting on his cherished time spent growing up in Kirksville, Missouri. Harold Linder transcribed Oran and O.R.’s diaries into publications, which are beneficial to the Linder family and Adair County. These transcription publications can be found in Special Collections, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University.
Series 1: Farm Diaries of Oran Hubert Linder1.1 1 January 1926 – 31 December 1926
Written at or near the Linder farm in Adair County, Missouri, located in the southwestern corner of the county, roughly nine miles south of Kirksville. Daily entries pertaining to typical farm life in northeastern Missouri: weather, chores, crop yield, livestock; mention of social activities such as trips into Kirksville and visit from friends and relatives. Frequently mentioned persons include O.R. Linder, Nancy Linder, Mildred Linder, Russell Linder, and Merle Schillie, among others. Most diaries include memoranda pages with personal information such as banking notes, important sales, and important dates.
Transcribed in “Farm Diary: Adair County, Missouri (1926-1931)” by Oran H. Linder (Pickler Memorial Library, Special Collections, CT 275 L46823 A3 2008).
Series 2 Diary and Farm Ledger of O.R. (Bob) Linder
1.7 1 January 1944 – 31 December 1944
Written at or near the O.R. Linder farm in Adair County, Missouri, in an area between Goose Creek and Hog Creek, near the Chariton River. Daily entries record weather, seasons, and farm work, as well as daily chores of household importance and in relation to livestock and crops. Almost no personal or family information is included, but rather detailed information of farm life in Adair County, Missouri during 1944. Persons frequently mentioned include Nancy Linder and Bill Linder. This diary includes a memoranda page at the end detailing egg and chicken sales.
Transcribed in “Farm Ledgers and Diary: Adair County, Missouri (1902-1956)” by O.R. Linder (Pickler Memorial Library, Special Collections, CT 275 L46827 A3 2019).
Series 3 Town and Travel Diaries of Oran Hubert Linder
1.88 August 1971 – 15 July 1972
1.9 4 April 1974 – 24 February 1980
1.10 22 March 1981 – 24 October 1983
1.11 25 October 1983 – 31 March 1986
1.12 1 April 1986 – 23 May 1988
1.13 24 May 1988 – 28 January 1991
1.14 7 February 1991 – 21 January 1992
Written at the Linder family home in the southeastern corner of Kirksville, 1705 E. Hamilton Street, as well as wherever Oran and Merle vacationed - often in Tempe, Arizona where Harold Linder resided, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Honolulu, Hawaii. The entries in these diaries are not daily, but rather occur as Oran travels throughout North America. Entries include the typical day-to-day life of a retired couple, travels to relatives and friends, and notes of the weather. Persons frequently mentioned include Merle Linder, Harold Linder, Melvin Linder, Marvin Linder, Oran Linder Jr., among others.
Transcribed in “Town and Travel Diary: Kirksville (Adair County), Missouri (1971-1992)” by Oran H. Linder (Pickler Memorial Library, Special Collections, CT 275 L46825 A3 2017).
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