Sarah Gentry (Sears) Roemer Collection
Western Kentucky University Library special CollectionsBowling Green, Kentucky, 42101-3576 USA
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[Identification of item] Sarah Gentry (Sears) Roemer Collection, 1890-1942, MSS 99, Library Special Collections, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.
1 box, 7 folders, 93 items.
Sarah Gentry (Sears) Roemer was born on November 23, 1868 at Green Hill, Kentucky. (Warren County), the daughter of Edward N. and Mariah Cosby Sears. Sears was a farmer and itinerant Methodist minister. Sarah, who went by her middle name Gentry, married Charles Roemer on April 12, 1893 in Louisville. Charles and his brother, Emile F. Roemer, ran the Roemer Brothers Lumber Store at 813 Clay Street in Bowling Green. The Roemers lived at 533 E. Main Street. They had four children: James Hubert, Eldridge D., Ruby Wycliffe, and Leland Charles. She died on January 16, 1943 and is interred in Bowling Green's Fairview Cemetery.
This collection of letters date from 1890 to 1942 with the bulk of them written between 1890 and 1903. The letters to Gentry (sometimes known as Jet) from Charles Roemer are courtship letters prior to their marriage in 1893. Most of the other letters are from her family members, some of whom moved from Warren County to Pierce City, Missouri, near the turn of the century. A number of the letters are written from the small Warren County hamlet of Motley, where the Roemer Brothers operated a saw mill. The letters concentrate on familial affairs and household news.
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