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Genevieve (Babel) Trask Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2012-096

Content Description

The collection consists of daily diaries from 1934-1977 compiled by Genevieve (Babel) Trask. Amy Genevieve Babel was born September 2 1891 at Naperville (IL) to Gideon and Hettie (Ferguson) Babel. Genevieve’s family moved to Blunt (S.D.) in 1908. She married Howard E Trask on July 11, 1917 at in 1933, the couple moved to Pierre. The diaries offer daily events in the life of Mrs. Trask. Weather reports are included with explanations of various activities, events, and businesses in and around Pierre as well as information on neighbors and friends. Mrs. Trask was also a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and many of the daily entries concern her connection with the church. She also helped with music at the church for several years. One of the diaries highlights includes Mrs. Trask’s christening of the battleship U.S.S. South Dakota on June 7, 1941 at Camden (NJ). Mr. and Mrs. Trask provided the champagne bottle, given to them as a wedding gift, used for the christening. Mrs. Trask also participated in the ribbon cutting that officially opened the new Missouri River Bridge in Pierre in 1962. A photograph of Mrs. Trask is also included and kept in the accession file. The collection is an accretion to H84-037, a scrapbook collection donated by Mrs. Trask, on the christening of the USS South Dakota.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1934-1977



0.75 Cubic Feet