Dearinger family papers

Abstract

The Dearinger family papers (dated 1864-2007, bulk 1919-1945; 2.8 cubic feet; 5 boxes and 1 item) primarily comprises letters, memoirs, diaries, and World War II related materials, including photographs, that document the service of the Dearinger siblings of Lexington, Kentucky,John Arthur Dearinger, Emily Susan (Sue) Dearinger, and Eugene Lewis Dearinger.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Dearinger family papers
Extent
2.8 Cubic Feet
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Kentucky
Arrangement
The collection is arranged in its original order, loosely arranged chronologically by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Madeline Alvey
Preferred Citation
[identification of item], Dearinger family papers, 1864-2007, bulk 1919-1945, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
June Lewis Dearinger (1898-1955) was born on 2 June 1898 in Franklin County, Kentucky. His family moved away from Kentucky in 1900, returning to the state in 1917 to live in Lexington. He met Grace Winifred Jack (1900-1994) in 1918, marrying her on 21 June 1921. Grace was born on 31 March 1990 in Chattanooga, Tennesee, and moved to Lexington in 1901. June Dearinger worked as a carpenter and construction worker, eventually becoming a construction superintendent. After their marriage in 1921, June and Grace had five children. Three of their children, John Arthur Dearinger (1922-2006), Emily Susan (Sue) Dearinger (1923-2009), and Eugene Dearinger (1927-2001), served in the armed forces during World War II. June Dearinger himself worked on the Manhattan Project in Knoxville, TN from 1944-1946.
John Arthur Dearinger attended the University of Kentucky from 1939-1943, then 1945-1948. In this time, he received a bachelor's degree and a Masters in Civil Engineering. From 1943-1945, John served in the United States Army and was deployed in Europe during World War II. During this time, he achieved the rank of Captain. After he graduated from the University of Kentucky, John worked for the Kentucky Department of State Parks, then later for the College of Engineering at UK.
Emily Susan Dearinger was born on 11 November 1923. in 1943, she enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), also known as the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES, eventually rising to the rank of Radioman, 3rd Class. Before her service, Sue worked for the Lexington Telephone Company, and afterwards, she worked as a secretary until retirement.
Eugene Lewis Dearinger was born 20 October, 1927. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1945, before graduating high school. He served two tours of duty before receiving his high school diploma. In 1954, Eugene graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in physical education, after which he was employed by a high school, then a finance company, then a pharmaceutical company.
Scope and Content
The Dearinger family papers (dated 1864-2007, bulk 1919-1945; 2.8 cubic feet; 5 boxes and 1 item) primarily comprises letters, memoirs, diaries, and World War II related materials, including photographs, that document the service of the Dearinger siblings of Lexington, Kentucky,John Arthur Dearinger, Emily Susan (Sue) Dearinger, and Eugene Lewis Dearinger. The collection also includes letters written between the siblings' parents, June L. and Grace W. Dearinger that document the parents' courtship and life in Lexington, Kentucky, before the Great Depression.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Jack family materials, 1864-1938, undated

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Anna Louise (Lane) Dearinger (1926-2015) memoir, undated

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Dearinger family letters, 1904-1928

  • Box 1, folder 3
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June Dearinger and Gracie Jack letters, 1919

  • Box 1, folder 4-8
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June Dearinger and Gracie Jack letters, 1920

  • Box 1, folder 9-10
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June Dearinger and Gracie Jack letters, 1921

  • Box 1, folder 11
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June Dearinger and Gracie Jack letters, 1918-1921, undated

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Dearinger family letters, 1932-1940

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Dearinger family letters, 1941-1942

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Dearinger family letters, 1943

  • Box 2, folder 1-3
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Dearinger family letters, 1944

  • Box 2, folder 4-7
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Dearinger family letters, 1945

  • Box 2, folder 8
  • Box 3, folder 1-3
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Dearinger family letters, 1946

  • Box 3, folder 4-7
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Dearinger family letters, 1947

  • Box 3, folder 8-9
  • Box 4, folder 1
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Cards and postcards, 1948

  • Box 4, folder 2
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Letters and mailed magazine clippings, 1949

  • Box 4, folder 3
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Assorted correspondence, 1950-1955

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Diary pages, 1944

  • Box 4, folder 5
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Photocopied booklet from United States Army Corps, 1945

  • Box 4, folder 6
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John A. Dearinger wartime diary, 1943

  • Box 4, folder 7
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Jack Dearinger assorted memoirs, 1961, undated

  • Box 4, folder 8
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Jack Dearinger childhood memoirs, 2004-2005, undated

  • Box 4, folder 9
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Jack Dearinger World War II memoirs, 1995-2005, undated

  • Box 4, folder 10
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John Arthur Dearinger (1922-2006) World War II maps, 1935-1944, undated

  • Box 4, folder 11
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John Arthur Dearinger (1922-2006) World War II documents, 1942-1947, undated

  • Box 4, folder 12
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John Arthur Dearinger (1922-2006) World War II maps and assorted documents, 1942-1944, undated

  • Box 5, folder 1
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John A. Dearinger World War II certificates, 1943-1952

  • Box 5, folder 2
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John Arthur Dearinger (1922-2006) assorted World War II documents, 1943-2002, undated

  • Box 5, folder 3
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John Arthur Dearinger engineering awards, 1950-2007, undated

  • Box 5, folder 4
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U.S. Army C Company 35th Engineer Combat Battalion World War II reunions, 1985-2005

  • Box 5, folder 6
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John Arthur Dearinger scrapbook, 1935

  • Box 5, folder 7
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John A. Dearinger reports and emails, 1922-1999, undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Service flag for John A. Dearinger displayed by June and Gracie Dearinger, undated

  • Box 5, folder 9
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Newspaper clippings and opera programs, 1943-1944

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Military handbooks, 1943-1945, undated

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Dearinger family World War II letter extracts, 2017, undated

  • Box 5, folder 12
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June Dearinger and Gracie Jack letters extracts, 1918-1921

  • Box 5, folder 13
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Gracie Dearinger scrapbook of John A. Dearinger's service in the United States Army, 1943-1946

  • Box 6
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