Sarah Gentry (Sears) Roemer Collection, 1890-1942

Descriptive Summary

Sarah Gentry (Sears) Roemer Collection, 1890-1942
Roemer, Sarah Gentry (Sears), 1868-1943
1 box, 7 folders, 93 items.
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Western Kentucky University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
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.
Scope and Content
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.

Contents of the Collection


  • Box 1, folder 1
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Incoming letters from Charles H. Roemer. 1890-1900. 31 items.

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Incoming letters. 1900-1902. 22 items.

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Incoming letters. 1903-1942. 24 items.

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Incoming letters. n.d. 11 items.

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Outgoing letters. 1901. 2 items.

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Incoming letters to Hubert Roemer and M. V. Smock. 1876-1907. 3 items.

  • Box 1, folder 7
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