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Mary Elizabeth Trenary Swanson Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

456 THL

Inventory created by Archives Staff 10/2011. Last revised 09/2018.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 0.82 linear feet

DATE: 1901-2011

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Mary Elizabeth Trenary Swanson Collection contains correspondence to and from Kathleen McCartney, as well as other McCartney family items, including materials concerning the guardianship of her sister, Claire M. Ferger. The Collection also includes items belonging to Jack G. Swanson. These include service records and various certificates issued to his Barbershop business.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Swanson was born January 13, 1921 in Clarke County, VA, and was the daughter of Marshall Hackley Trenary and Mary Lee Trenary. She worked as a branch manager with Farmers & Merchants National Bank (now BB&T) until age 65, and was a part-time teller at BB&T Bank until age 86. She married Jack Swanson on April 24, 1948, and died on September 8, 2011 at the age of 90. She was a good friend of Kathleen McCartney.

Jack G. Swanson was born in 1920 to Ernest and Grace Swanson. During World War II, he was an Army sergeant at Camp Shelby, MI. He owned and operated Swanson’s Barber Shop until his retirement in 1995 after 45 years. He died December 16, 2007 at the age of 87.

Kathleen McCartney was born July 19, 1893 in Newcastle, PA and was daughter of Lee Jackson and Virginia Firestone McCartney. A sister, Claire Ferger, predeceased her. McCartney worked as a piano teacher after retiring from John Handley High School in 1965. She died on September 28, 1985 at the age of 91.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Kathleen McCartney obituary, Winchester Star, September 30, 1985;  Jack G. Swanson obituary, Winchester Star, December 19, 2007;  Mary Elizabeth Swanson obituary, Winchester Star, September 10, 2011.

CITE AS: Mary Elizabeth Trenary Swanson Collection, 456 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.



BOX 1 

F&M National Corporation, History from 1901-1993, 9 pages, typescript

Ferger, Claire (folder contains the following):
In the Matter of the Guardianship of Claire M. Ferger, Incompetent,” June 19, 1979, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)
Certificate of purchase from the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea Columbarium, bought by Kathleen McCartney for Claire Ferger, May 6, 1979, 1 leaf, printed

Instructions—silvering and treating mirrors (c. 1920s)—used by Ernest T. Swanson; 3 leaves, manuscript

McCartney Family – Bios for Lee Jackson McCartney and Alcinda Virginia Firestone McCartney (folder contains the following):  
Shirer Family Genealogy Project, Lee Jackson McCartney biography, 2 leaves, printed
Shirer Family Genealogy Project, Alcinda Virginia Firestone biography, 2 leaves, printed

McCartney Family – Evergreen Burial Park, map of McCartney plots, September 27, 1952, 2 leaves, print (photocopy)

McCartney, Kathleen – Biographical Notes News Article (folder contains the following):
“The Person I Adore – Her Character,” essay about Kathleen McCartney, date and author unknown, 2 leaves, manuscript
Winchester Star article, October 7, 1980, and associated Letter to the Editor, 2 leaves, print (photocopy)

McCartney, Kathleen – Donation to First Presbyterian Church, 1983(folder contains the following):
Letter of donation of a clock and piano to First Presbyterian Church (Dr. James Jackson) from Kathleen McCartney, June 27, 1983, 1 leaf, typescript
Thank-You letter from Dr. James Jackson on behalf of First Presbyterian Church, July 8, 1983, 1 leaf, typescript
Hamilton Pianos Manufacturers Warranty issued to Kathleen McCartney, September 3, 1947, 1 leaf, printed

McCartney, Kathleen – Funeral Book and Program, October 1, 1985, 2 items,

McCartney, Kathleen – Genealogy letter from “cousin Mary Ann” to Kathleen McCartney, October 11, 1983, 2 pages, typescript

McCartney, Kathleen – letters from (folder contains the following):
Kathleen McCartney to Mrs. Swanson, March 13, 1980, 1 leaf, manuscript
Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mr. and Mrs. Swanson, July 23, 1980, 2 leaves, manuscript
Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mrs. Swanson, August 19, 1980, 1 leaf, manuscript
Christmas card from Kathleen McCartney to “Nikki,” 1980, 1 leaf, printed and manuscript
Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mrs. Swanson, January 12, 1981 1 leaf, manuscript
Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mr. and Mrs. Swanson, May 27, 1981, 1 leaf, manuscript
Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mr. and Mrs. Swanson, August 10, 1981, 1 leaf, manuscript
Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mrs. Swanson, April 21, 1982, 1 leaf, manuscript   
Easter Card from Kathleen McCartney to an unknown recipient, year unknown, 1 leaf, print and manuscript                                                                                           

McCartney, Kathleen (folder contains the following):
Letter from Robbie Robinson to Kathleen McCartney, May 18, 1979, 1 leaf, manuscript
Letter from Robert O’Brien to Kathleen McCartney, July 2, 1979, 1 leaf, manuscript
Letter from “Willie” to Kathleen McCartney, December 1984, 1 leaf, manuscript

McCartney, Kathleen – Miscellaneous (folder contains the following):
Correspondence from James L. Myers concerning estate of Claire Ferger, 1 leaf, typescript
Correspondence, from Betty, Dean, and Kathy, July 16, 1984, 1 page, manuscript
Obituary, September 28, 1985, 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)
Card, October 1, 1985, 2 pages, printed
Burial Information on Charles H. Strosnider stationary, n/d
Genealogical Information, 1 leaf, manuscript

Swanson, E.J. – Honorable Discharge from U.S. Army, July 8, 1916

Swanson, Jack G. – Barber Shop (folder contains the following):
Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Registration, issued to Jack G. Swanson as a professional barber, November 13, 1964, 1 item, printed and typescript
Virginia Board for Barbers Barber License, issued to J.G. Swanson, date of issue unknown, expired on March 31, 1999, 1 item, printed and typescript             
Certificate of Occupancy – Business, applicant Jack Swanson, January 24, 1996, 2 leaves, printed and manuscript
Diploma issued from El Toro, Inc. to Jack G. Swanson, date unknown,    1 leaf, printed
Virginia State Board of Barber Examiners, certification for Jack Gordon Swanson, July 1, 1962, 1 leaf, printed
Man’s World Hairpieces Certificate, issued to Jack G. Swanson, August 31, 1971, 1 item, printed
Men’s Hairstylist Certificate, issued to Jack G. Swanson, August 31, 1971, 1 item, printed

Swanson, Jack, G. – Elk’s Club name badge- “Old Timer Night”

Swanson, Jack, G. – WWII (folder contains the following):
Registration Certificate for Jack Gordon Swanson, February 16, 194?, 1 item, printed and manuscript
Non-Commissioned Officers’ Club membership card for Corporal Jack G. Swanson, date unknown, 1 item, printed and manuscript
War Department Identification Card for Cpl. Jack G. Swanson, issued August 10, 1944, 1 item, printed
Permanent Pass for Jack G. Swanson in Camp Shelby, Mississippi, issue date unknown


Marriage Certificate of Ernest Swanson and Grace Clevenger on June 12, 1908 in Kernstown by Reverend White.


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