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Prather Family Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
The Prather family lived in Austin, Texas during the 20th century. Ora Mae Prather was born in Dripping Springs in 1909 to Thomas Ivy Prather and Sadie Nellie Phillips. She was associated with Stelfox Jewelers for 15 years prior to her retirement in 1960, and was a member of Fitzhugh Baptist Church. She died in February 1973. Ora Mae's brother, Francis Martin Prather, was born in 1918 and died in 1961. After serving in World War II, he worked as a painting contractor in Austin and was a member of the Woodlawn Baptist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The collection is comprised of correspondence written between 1942 and 1945. The first three folders contain letters written to Ora Mae Prather from Elbert E. Myers, Estin R. Crumley and Raymond (last name unknown), who were serving overseas during World War II. They appear to be friends from church and the letters often mention church services and God. The last folder contains letters written by Sadie Prather to her son (and Ora Mae's brother) Francis Martin Prather who was serving in the Pacific. The letters to Francis date from March to July 1945 and make up the bulk of the collection. They contain Sadie's descriptions of events happening at home, including updates about friends and family, and how the war was affecting them at home.
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The letters were purchased in 2001 from Ada's Attic, an antique and collectible store in Luling, Texas, then later donated to the Austin History Center.
Prather Family Papers (AR.2005.036). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2005/104
Donation Date: 2005 October 8, 2005 December 6
Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in August 2019.