Jesse and Mary LaDorna Mallett Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
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.
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.
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Jesse and Mary LaDorna Mallet Papers (AR.2004.020). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2004/087
Donation Date: 2004
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.
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