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Xarhis-DePasco, Helen (July 29, 1921)



  • Existence: July 29, 1921


Helen Xarhis-DePasco was born July 29, 1921, the third of six siblings of Johnny and Nina Xarhis. The family lived in Kansas City, Kansas, where Frank Xarhis, Helen’s grandfather, was proprietor of the Royal Café. Eventually the family moved and Helen attended school in Independence, Missouri. At the time the correspondence in this collection began, Helen was working as a bartender at Riley’s Bar in Kansas City. During the years 1943-1947 she made a couple of changes in employment, working at the B-38 Bar, also in Kansas City. In 1947, Helen married Louis DePasco.

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Helen Xarhis-DePasco Collection

Identifier: MS-0118
Scope and Contents

The Helen Xarhis-DePasco Collection was acquired from Shirley Gipson, niece of Mrs. DePasco. It contains letters and photographs related to World War II. There are other personal items, but the focus remains on the war and the daily lives of family members waiting in Kansas City. It should be noted that during the period of time the correspondence in this collection took place, Helen Xarhis was using the pseudonym Helen Grey, although the reason is unknown.

Dates: 1930s - 1940s