The Trumans would only live in the little house in Lamar for 11 months after his birth, moving to several small farming communities in the area until finally settling in Independence in 1890. Harry graduated from high school in Independence in 1901 and immediately entered the work force in order to give his brother and sister the chance to complete their education.
After brief stints working for the railroad and two different banks, Harry returned to the family farm. In 1917, he joined the army to fight in WWI. It was during his deployment to France that he discovered his leadership abilities. Upon his return to Missouri, he married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Wallace, and tried his hand once again in the business world, opening a men's clothing store in Kansas City. Despite initial success, the business eventually failed and Harry spent the next decade paying off all of his debts.
The clouds finally broke for our visit to this site--my last birthright to photograph for the project! I focused particularly on the stark whiteness of the house contrasted with the heavy shadows from the surrounding trees. As with many such homes, I also attempted to reveal just how small and humble the structure appears in person, and despite it being situated in a neighborhood with lots of other homes, I want the pictures to give the feeling of wide open space as it originally sat on the edge of the frontier. I took lots of wide shots from every angle, including several shooting up at the open sky. The interior was quite nice as well with light pouring in through the lace curtains.
Cell phone pictures follow: