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Oswald Marrin Jr.

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Marrin Family Papers, 1858-2001 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Collection Overview

Title: Marrin Family Papers, 1858-2001Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Marrin, Oswald (1919-2007)

Other Creators: Marrin family, Marrin, Harriet Hatheway (1918-2005), Marrin, Jean Fyfe

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 06/01/2013. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Education, Litchfield (Conn.), Litchfield Water Company, Real estate agents, Spring Hill School (Litchfield, Conn.), World War II

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Marrin Family Papers 2013-110-0, primarily consist of the papers of Oswald Marrin, Jr., but there are also papers from other family members, including his parents, Jean Fyfe Marrin and Oswald Marrin, Sr.  Among the papers of Oswald Marrin, Jr. are his school papers from Center School, Spring Hill School. the Hackley School and Brown University.  There are also papers and correspondence from his years in the Marines during World War II, as well as some business records, newspaper clippings, including his time in political office, and a scrapbook from 1935-37.

Oswald Wright Marrin,Jr. was born April 20, 1919 in New York City. Son of Jean Fyfe and Oswald W. Marrin Sr. He moved to Litchfield as an infant and lived there his entire life. He attended the Spring Hill School, Hackley School and graduated from Brown University in 1942. He immediately joined the Marine Corps serving as an infantry officer and Captain on Guadalcanal and two more campaigns on Cape Gloucester in New Britain and one in the Peleliu Islands. He was discharged as a Major in 1946. On his return, he worked at Scovill Manufacturing until 1951. He then took over the Marrin Real Estate company which had been founded by his mother in 1930. He served on the board of Warden and Burgesses from 1951 and was the Borough Warden from 1967 to 1976. He worked to make the center of Litchfield an historic district and to get zoning approved to protect the town's history and architecture. In 1984 he served on the Litchfield Citizen Advisory Committee, which formed the town plan of development. He was a trustee of the Litchfield Historical Society, a member and past president of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust and of the Litchfield Country Club, and a member of the Sanctum and charter member of the Rotary Club. He was predeceased by his wife Harriet Hatheway, with whom he had four daughters Harriet Blees Dewey, Judy Fyfe Marrin, Palmer Marrin (Kleeman) and Michele Marrin (Osterman).  Died December 19, 2007.

Collection Historical Note

Oswald Wright Marrin,Jr. was born April 20, 1919 in New York City. Son of Jean Fyfe and Oswald W. Marrin Sr. He moved to Litchfield as an infant and lived there his entire life. He attended the Spring Hill School, Hackley School and graduated from Brown University in 1942. He immediately joined the Marine Corps serving as an infantry officer and Captain on Guadalcanal and two more campaigns on Cape Gloucester in New Britain and one in the Peleliu Islands. He was discharged as a Major in 1946. On his return, he worked at Scovill Manufacturing until 1951. He then took over the Marrin Real Estate company which had been founded by his mother in 1930. He served on the board of Warden and Burgesses from 1951 and was the Borough Warden from 1967 to 1976. He worked to make the center of Litchfield an historic district and to get zoning approved to protect the town's history and architecture. In 1984 he served on the Litchfield Citizen Advisory Committee, which formed the town plan of development. He was a trustee of the Litchfield Historical Society, a member and past president of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust and of the Litchfield Country Club, and a member of the Sanctum and charter member of the Rotary Club. He was predeceased by his wife Harriet Hatheway, with whom he had four daughters Harriet Blees Dewey, Judy Fyfe Marrin, Palmer Marrin (Kleeman) and Michele Marrin (Osterman).

Biographical Note

Oswald Wright Marrin Jr. (1919-2007) was born in New York City and lived in Litchfield. After graduating from Brown University in 1942 he joined the U.S. Marines.  He was discharged in 1946. He worked at Scovill Manufacturing until 1951. He then took over the Marrin Real Estate company, which had been founded by his mother in 1930. He was the borough warden from 1967 to 1976. In 1984, he served on the Litchfield Citizen Advisory Committee which formed the town plan of development. He was a trustee of the Litchfield Historical Society, a member and past president of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust and of the Litchfield Country Club, a member of the Sanctum, and charter member of the Rotary Club.

Subject/Index Terms

Education
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield Water Company
Real estate agents
Spring Hill School (Litchfield, Conn.)
World War II

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: An initial gift was made in 1999 (1999-12-0) by Oswald Marrin. Additional gifts were made in 2002 (2002-48-0) by Mrs. Marrin.  Gifts from Palmer Marrin in 2008 (2008-15-0);  2010 (2010-242-0); 2012 (2012-111-0);  March 2014 (2014-04-0); Sept. 2015 (2015-62-0).

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research..

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Palmer Marrin

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: See 2013-110-1-26 in the museum collection.  This collection includes mainly baby and children's clothing and accessories of Oswald Marrin Jr.

Preferred Citation: Marrin Famiily Papers, (2013-110-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised December 2015.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 2: Marrin Family],
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Series 2: Marrin FamilyAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Marrin, Jean Fyfe papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1937-1939Add to your cart.
Jean Fye Marrin was the mother of Oswald Marrin Jr.
Folder 2: Real estate property record bookAdd to your cart.
Alphabetical listing of properties for sale, with descriptions of the land and buildings.
Folder 3: Marrin Real Estate Agency account book, 1929-2001Add to your cart.
Started by Jean Fyfe Marrin and continued by Oswald Marrin, Jr., this account book records the Agency's rents and commissions for properties with the locations.
Sub-Series 2: Marrin, Harriet Hatheway,1918-2005, papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Calendars, 1968-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Litchfield County Hounds, 1975-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Litchfield Garden Club, 1953-1979Add to your cart.
Item 1: Flower arranging awardAdd to your cart.
Photograph of an honorable mention flower arranging award.    Currently housed in aisle 18B Oversize box 2A.
Folder 4: Montessori School of Northwest Connecticut, 1977-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Hatheway, Nina P. Accounting & BankingAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Marrin, Harold Wright papersAdd to your cart.
A folder containing 2 photographs, citizenship certificate, and U.S. Army military records.
Sub-Series 4: Marrin, CharlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Pocket Manual/Guide to Salvation, 1858Add to your cart.
Inscribed on the inside front cover: New Year's gift to Charles Marrin from his mother.
Sub-Series 5: Marrin, Oswald, Sr., 1921-1922Add to your cart.
1921 Aug 17 Twin Brook Farm auction posters. Oswald Marrin Sr. and E.P. Jennings owned this property, formerly the Quigley Place, 3 miles from Litchfield on the Thomaston-Northfield Road. Also an agreement dated March 1, 1922 between Don H. Stacks of Hartford and Oswald W. Marrin and John H. Lancaster, both of Litchfield concerning the formation of a corporation to carry on the "Stacks Process" business, the process to determine the carbon contents of steel.
Sub-Series 6: AlbumsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Account Book, 1956-1971Add to your cart.
Accounts of rents, bank accounts, loans, mortgages.
Item 2: Photograph Album, 1926-1941Add to your cart.
Photographs of unidentified people, with only first names, i.e. Dorothy, Ruth, Earl, Jack, Paul, Bill. Some of the locales are Chatham, Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole, Kansas City. Original owner of the album is unknown and relationship to the Marrin family is unknown.
Item 3: Photograph Album, 1936-1942Add to your cart.
"Betty Lou's" baby album. Betty Lou was born in August 1935. Surname of the family has not been ascertained. The family home was in Cleveland in June 1936. There are also family photographs in Detroit and Rye, NY.  Aunts, uncles, cousins are identified by first name.

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