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RG5761.AM:  George E. Grimes, 1894-1964

Diary transcripts, biographical information, etc.:  1912-1914, n.d.

Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.:  Newspaper editor; teacher

Size:  1 folder


Born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1894, George E. Grimes entered the University of Nebraska in 1914. In order to pay for his college education, Grimes taught school on the Rosebud reservation at Berkley, South Dakota from 1912-1914. In 1917, before beginning his senior year, George volunteered for the U.S. Army. He was sent to France with Company K of the 95th Infantry Division in August of 1917. He served as a tank operations instructor at the Inter-Allied Tank Center at Recloses, France. At the end of the war, Grimes was assigned to the newly established American University at Beaune, where he taught journalism under the direction of Colonel Milton Moore Fogg. He returned to the United States in March of 1919.

Prior to shipping off to France, Grimes married Eva Miller, whom he had met while attending the University of Nebraska. After the war, both George and Eva worked as reporters for the Omaha World Herald. After a time, George went to work in the editorial department. In 1939 George became managing editor of the Omaha World Herald. He left the Omaha World Herald in 1943 to manage the Chicago edition of the Wall Street Journal. In 1945, George and Eva and another associate purchased the Press-Courier, a small daily newspaper in Oxnard, California. Under their management, and with the help of their sons, the paper was a success. Due to George’s failing health, George and Eva decided to sell the Press-Courier in 1962.

George Grimes died in 1964. Eva Grimes returned to Omaha where she died in 1991 at the age of 95.


The collection consists of one folder containing a diary transcript, some biographical information and materials about the school in South Dakota where George Grimes taught. The diary entries date from December of 1912 through the end of 1913. The entries are very short, usually only one or two sentences, but they do describe activities at the school, leisure time activities, etc. Also included in the collection is a copy of Berkley High School’s yearbook, The Review Annual, from 1914.

Note: Only the diary transcript is available. The NSHS does not hold the original diary. The NSHS also holds diaries and other items relating to Henry James Lee, grandfather of George Grimes’ wife, Eva Miller Grimes. See RG5760 for more information.


Diary transcript, 1912-1913

Berkley High School’s The Review Annual, 1914

Misc. biographical information



Grimes, George E., 1894-1964

Indians of North America — Education

Rosebud Indian Reservation (S.D.) — Teaching


TMM   06-10-2011

Encoded TMM   06-10-2011