Irene Johnston

Irene Johnston

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, May 2013

Biographical Note:

Irene Johnston was born April 24, 1901 in Forest, Indiana, near Kokomo. She came to Indianapolis in 1925 and worked at Indiana Bell. After a short time at the telephone company, Irene went to work at Wassons where she was top saleslady for hosiery. From Wassons, she went to Rink’s Department Store, then to Strauss’s, and then to Pettit’s Dry Goods Company, known as the New York Store. During the Depression, in 1929 or 1930, Pettit’s closed. For the next five years, Irene worked at Hook Drug Store in Irvington. Her future husband, Mr. Johnson, was the manager of the store at Ritter and Washington. When their daughter went to high school, in 1949, Irene took a job at Stewart’s Stationery Store. She worked there as manager until 1978.   


Information Found within Collection

Scope and Content:

The oral history transcript includes four pages of pictures, the first picture shows Irene at the time of the interview, and the following three pages are Xerox copies of photos from 1950 to 1970. The interview covers her career history, as well as her memories in Irvington where she lived and worked from 1930 to 1978. She recalled the various commercial establishments on the streets and the people who operated them.

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Collection Inventory

Oral History Transcript  Irene Johnson

1981 Oral History Transcript of Irene Johnson (34 pages)

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 volume.
Collection Dates: 1981
Provenance:  Irene Johnson, July 31, 1981
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Restrictions:  None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
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Collection Notes: 

MA BA 8-2-2013