Mary Elizabeth Trenary Swanson Collection

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection includes certificates, correspondence to and from Kathleen McCartney, identification cards, and a funeral book and program for the aforementioned Miss McCartney. There are also certificates and identification cards for Jack Swanson and Jack G. Swanson Barbershop.
(1 box) Last updated 8/15.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Swanson was born January 13, 1921 in Clarke County, VA, and was the daughter of Marshall Hackley Trenary and Mary Lee Trenary. She worked as a branch manager with F&M until age 65, and was a part-time teller at BB&T until age 86. The mayor of Winchester proclaimed the day of her 80th birthday to be “Libby Swanson Day.” She married Jack Swanson on April 24, 1948, and died on September 8, 2011 at the age of 90. She was a good friend of Kathleen McCartney.

Jack G. Swanson was born in 1920 to Ernest and Grace Swanson. During World War II, he was an Army sergeant at Camp Shelby, MI. He owned and operated Swanson’s Barber Shop until his retirement in 1995 after 45 years. He died December 16, 2007 at the age of 87.

Kathleen McCartney was born July 19, 1893 in Newcastle, and was daughter to Lee Jackson and Virginia Firestone McCartney. A sister, Claire Ferger, predeceased her. McCartney was a private piano teacher after retiring from John Handley High School in 1965. She died on September 28, 1985 at the age of 91.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Kathleen McCartney Obituary, Winchester Star, September 30, 1985; Jack G. Swanson Obituary, Winchester Star, December 19, 2007; Mary Elizabeth Swanson Obituary, Winchester Star, September 10, 2011.

CITE AS: Mary Elizabeth Trenary Swanson Collection #456, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.


F&M National Corporation, History from 1901-1993, 9 pages, typescript

Ferger, Claire, folder contains the following:

In the Matter of the Guardianship of Claire M. Ferger, Incompetent,” June 19, 1979, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Certificate of purchase from the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea Columbarium, bought by Kathleen McCartney for Claire Ferger, May 6, 1979, 1 leaf, printed

McCartney Family – Bios for Lee Jackson McCartney and Alcinda Virginia Firestone McCartney, folder contains the following:   

Shirer Family Genealogy Project, Lee Jackson McCartney biography,                                       2 leaves, printed

Shirer Family Genealogy Project, Alcinda Virginia Firestone biography,                                           2 leaves, printed

McCartney Family – Evergreen Burial Park, map of McCartney plots, September 27,                                                                                                                1952, 2 leaves, print (photocopy)

McCartney, Kathleen – Biographical Notes News Article, this folder contains the following:

“The Person I Adore – Her Character,” essay about Kathleen McCartney, date and author unknown, 2 leaves, manuscript

Winchester Star article, October 7, 1980, and associated Letter to the Editor, 2 leaves, print (photocopy)

McCartney, Kathleen – Donation to First Presbyterian Church, 1983, folder contains the following:

Letter of donation of a clock and piano to First Presbyterian Church (Dr. James Jackson) from Kathleen McCartney, June 27, 1983, 1 leaf, typescript

Thank-You letter from Dr. James Jackson on behalf of First Presbyterian Church, July 8, 1983, 1 leaf, typescript

Hamilton Pianos Manufacturers Warranty issued to Kathleen McCartney, September 3, 1947, 1 leaf, printed

McCartney, Kathleen – Funeral Book and Program, October 1, 1985, 2 items,

McCartney, Kathleen – Genealogy letter from “cousin Mary Ann” to Kathleen McCartney, October 11, 1983, 2 pages, typescript

McCartney, Kathleen – letters from, folder contains the following:                                                                                                                                

Kathleen McCartney to Mrs. Swanson, March 13, 1980, 1 leaf, manuscript

Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mr. and Mrs. Swanson, July 23, 1980,  2 leaves, manuscript

Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mrs. Swanson, August 19, 1980, 1 leaf, manuscript

Christmas Card from Kathleen McCartney to “Nikki,” 1980,    1 leaf, printed and manuscript

Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mrs. Swanson, January 12, 1981,  1 leaf, manuscript

Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mr. and Mrs. Swanson, May 27, 1981, 1 leaf, manuscript

 Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mr. and Mrs. Swanson, August 10, 1981, 1 leaf, manuscript

Letter from Kathleen McCartney to Mrs. Swanson, April 21, 1982, 1 leaf, manuscript   

Easter Card from Kathleen McCartney to an unknown recipient,year unknown, 1 leaf, print and manuscript

McCartney, Kathleen – letters to, folder contains the following:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Letter from Robbie Robinson to Kathleen McCartney, May 18, 1979, 1 leaf, manuscript

Letter from Robert O’Brien to Kathleen McCartney, July 2, 1979, 1 leaf, manuscript

Letter from “Willie” to Kathleen McCartney, December 1984, 1 leaf, manuscript

McCartney, Kathleen – Miscellaneous, folder contains the following:

Correspondence from James L. Myers concerning estate of Claire Ferger, 1 leaf, typescript

Correspondence, from Betty, Dean, and Kathy, July 16, 1984, 1 page, manuscript

Obituary, September 28, 1985, 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)

Memorial Card, October 1, 1985, 2 pages, printed

Burial Information on Charles H. Strosnider stationary, n/d

Genealogical Information, 1 leaf, manuscript                                           

Swanson, E.J. – Honorable Discharge from U.S. Army, July 8, 1916

Swanson, Jack G. – Barber Shop, folder contains the following:

Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Registration, issued to Jack G. Swanson as a professional barber, November 13, 1964, 1 item, printed and typescript

 Virginia Board for Barbers Barber License, issued to J.G. Swanson, date of issue unknown, expired on March 31, 1999, 1 item, printed and typescript                        

Certificate of Occupancy – Business, applicant Jack Swanson, January 24, 1996, 2 leaves, printed and manuscript

 Diploma issued from El Toro, Inc. to Jack G. Swanson, date unknown, 1 leaf, printed

Virginia State Board of Barber Examiners, certification for Jack Gordon Swanson, July 1, 1962, 1 leaf, printed

Man’s World Hairpieces Certificate, issued to Jack G. Swanson, August 31, 1971, 1 item, printed

Men’s Hairstylist Certificate, issued to Jack G. Swanson, August 31, 1971 1 item, printed

Swanson, Jack, G. – Elk’s Club name badge- “Old Timer Night”

Swanson, Jack, G. – WWII, folder contains the following:

Registration Certificate for Jack Gordon Swanson, February 16, 194?, 1 item, printed and manuscript

Non-Commissioned Officers’ Club membership card for Corporal Jack G. Swanson, date unknown, 1 item, printed and manuscript

War Department Identification Card for Cpl. Jack G. Swanson, issued August 10, 1944, 1 item, printed and manuscript

Permanent Pass for Jack G. Swanson in Camp Shelby, Mississippi, issue date unknown



Map case 1, Drawer 3 – Marriage Certificate of Ernest Swanson and Grace Clevenger on June 12, 1908 in Kernstown by Reverend White.