Austin History Center

Jesse and Mary LaDorna Mallett Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Mallett, Jesse
Creator: Mallett, Mary LaDorna
Title: Jesse and Mary LaDorna Mallett Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1943-1970
Abstract: Financial records, correspondence, military records and legal documents of Jesse Tolbert Mallett, a resident and watchmaker that resided in Austin, Texas with his wife LaDorna and their four children.
Identification: AR.2004.020
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Jesse Tolbert Mallet was born in Johnstown, Texas to Agnes Obera and Charles Jesse Mallet on August 17, 1922. He entered the United States Army on November 28, 1940 and was discharged on May 20, 1945. While in the Army he received a shrapnel wound in the leg. Jesse married Mary LaDorna Boerner in the mid-1940s and the couple resided in Austin, Texas throughout their marriage. LaDorna was born February 16, 1919 in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota to parents Edwin and Julia Boerner. The couple had four children: Charles Edwin, Robert Michael, Patrick Lee and Michelle Ann. Jesse was self-employed as a watchmaker and LaDorna worked as a legal secretary for various Austin law firms.

Jesse died in March of 1992 and LaDorna died on Saturday, October 10, 2009.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the personal records of Jesse and LaDorna as well as the military records of Jesse. The Personal Records series (1945-1970) contains letters written by LaDorna to Jesse in 1945 while she was attending college in Sparta, Wisconsin. The couple had not yet married and Jesse was living in Austin, Texas. In addition there are financial records (1945-1970) for various loan agreements, deed records (1951) and a tool list for the Cranford School of Watchmaking (undated).

The Military Records series (1943-1963) is composed principally of correspondence with the Veteran Administration regarding life insurance and disability benefits. Also included is the notification that Jesse was awarded a Bronze Star Medal by the Army, brochures and manual for the Military Order of the Purple Heart and assorted standard military forms and cards.


Arranged into 2 series:
I. Personal Records
II. Military Records


Restrictions on Access

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Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Mallet, Jesse, 1922-1992.
Mallet, Mary LaDorna, 1919-2009.
United States. Veterans Benefits Administration.
Austin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Collection found by donor unrelated to the creator.

Preferred Citation

Jesse and Mary LaDorna Mallet Papers (AR.2004.020). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2004/087

Donation Date: 2004

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Personal, 1945-1970

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1945-1946
2 Financial records, 1945-1970
3 Legal records, 1951
4 Assorted documents, 1946, undated

II. Military Records, 1943-1963

Box Folder
1 5 Correspondence with Veterans Administration, 1943-1953
6 Forms and cards, 1945, 1963, undated
7 Insurance records, 1945-1956
8 Medals, 1945-1946
9 Organizations, undated