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Trimble Family papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0427

Scope and Contents

The Trimble Family papers date from 1879 to 1999 and measure one linear inch. The collection contains the reminiscences of Gladys Trimble Leith entitled, "Stories Told by Gladys, 1989" and "Memories of Mom," by Marie Jeffers. The sketches contain the sisters' recollections about their mother Mary Pyle Trimble as well as their own childhood experiences. They also recount intimate details of growing up female on a northwestern Iowa farm-farm chores, health and illness, marriage, childbirth and other humorous incidents. This collection also includes photocopies of letters from Mary Trimble to her grandson about his intention to become a jet pilot and photocopies of family photographs, a brief Pyle family history, and death certificates of various family members.


  • Creation: 1879-1999


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Mary Pyle, born March 20, 1884 moved to rural northwestern Iowa as a child. She married James Trimble in 1906, had thirteen children and farmed as a family until they retired to Rolfe, Iowa in1948. Their eldest daughter, Gladys Trimble Leith was born in 1907. She also married a farmer and raised six children on their family farm. Her younger sister Marie Trimble Jeffers also became a farmer. Jeffers wrote "Memories of My Mom" and compiled and contributed this collection.


1.00 linear inch

Language of Materials



Reminiscences of Gladys Trimble Leith and Marie Jeffers about their mother, Mary Pyle Trimble as well as their own childhood.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 240) were donated by Marie Jeffers in 1999.

Doris Malkmus, 1999.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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