Two Diaries James Deweerd Minister To Actor James Dean

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  • Sold Date: Feb 03, 2008
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I'm offering these two personal diaries of James Deweerd, the minister and personal friend of actor James Dean. As a youngster, Dean moved to Fairmont, Indiana when Deweerd was in his 30's and spent a great deal of time alone with Dean. Deweerd also performed the eulogoy at Dean's funeral with Rev. Xen Harvey, pastor of the church. Deweerd eulogized Dean as "a boy...who knew how to seek counsel from men older and wiser than himself". Mr. Deweerd was Rev. James A. Deweerd, Minister of Indiana Wesleyan Methodist Church. He was known to like poetry, classical music, and the company of young men. One of the books is an actual diary, while the other is a small phone book that he used as a diary. The inside of the phone book states that this is the "Property of James Deweerd, 606 Pine Ave, Chicago, 44. A line is drawn through the address. The address under that is 290 S. Union St., Pennville, Jay Co., Indiana, P.O. Box 267, Phone - Portland - Pershing 1-2701." His writing is difficult to read and mostly consists of quotes, Bible verses, words of wisdom, and a lot of Religious jokes. He writes about Negros and Negresses includes several jokes about them. He mentioned Jayne Mansfield and that she she starred in "will success spoil R. Hunter - was a complete bust. " HE DOES MENTION JAMES DEAN. In his diary, he lists the people who are Living, Dead, Closest Friends. Under closest friends him writes "Jim Dean". Also in a sample letter he writes: "Letter. Dean ______ Thought I should drop you a line (he draws a line down the page) J.S.". He writes about Mexicans and other countries and people. He has Travel Notes - Madrid Seville, Alcazar, Romes, Florence, Venice. T is also and entry of: Robbi - Maxwell St. - $10 Brisk, Better $50 Circumcision, Highest Class $100 - ???kelectomy. One page is a list of his assets and liabilites. At the time he wrote this list, he was worth $67,700. I'm not sure when the diaries began, however t is a reference to 1944 post war classes and 1960 Thanksgiving dinner, and summer 1961. Some of the names mentioned are: Mrs. Holland, Meredith Belles, Rev. Dewey Whitwell, Nashville Tenn., Mrs. Sweeter, Mrs. Wiseman, Harvey Denman, Tim Anderson, Zo Johnson, Orseifs, R.S. Richardson, Jerome Powell, F. Sutherland, Coffney, Jane Bradford, Hazzard Richardson, Meadows, M. Geyer, Drury, R. Davis, Dr. Coplin, Joan Sisk?, Jim Dean, Garland, Howard Sweeter, Joan Owen, Joseph Smith, Willis Hotchkess, Jo Baker, and many others. Both of the diaries are full. I'm not sure if t are any missing pages. I'm not really sure w I purchased these books (in the Columbus, Ohio area). It's been stored away for quite some time and I just recently came across it. Please note that these are not typical diaries w one writes about his day to day activities. Through the years, the relationship between Mr. Deweerd and James Dean was a mystery with some saying that it was much more than a friendship and that both men were gay. Deweerd is also said to have financed Jimmy Dean's (James) first trip to New York, which began his acting career. Other names that he mentioned were: Nate Schauff, Warren Walker, Kenneth McFarland, Joe Hyams, Ed Fienber, Donald Walker, Dr. Edman, Ward Qual, George Craig, Audre Mieir, B. Joseph Markin, Robert Pierce, Bill Johnson, Gerold Clapsaddle. T is also an insert written by Dora Dykins, Lewistown Montana, concerning correcting Scoliosis and exercise. T are also many health and exercise tips written in both books. T are so many other topics included in these books that I was unable to cover. The books measure approx. 5- 3/8 " x 8" and 6" x 6- 7/8 " and are in used condition. T are loose pages. GREAT READING!!! Please ask questions before purchasing. SHIPPING COSTS: $3.50.

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