NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID
RG1297.AM: Helen "Nell" M. (O'Rourke) Parmele, 1876-?
Letters: 1882-1930; mostly 1897-1901
Size: 1 folder
Born at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, on September 22, 1876, Helen "Nell" O'Rourke was the daughter of John and Annie O'Rourke. Between 1897 and 1900 Helen did secretarial work for the Democratic State Committee, as well as wrote news items for the Denver Post. She married Thomas Parmele, a local banker, rancher and mayor of Plattsmouth, in May of 1901. The couple had one son and two daughters.
After Thomas Parmele's death in 1922, Helen went to work as a secretary for a local mortician. From 1925 to 1928 she worked as a researcher for the Omaha World Herald in Omaha, Nebraska, and also did secretarial work for the Democratic Party in Nebraska. Helen then worked as a housekeeper for the Eppley Hotel Company in Omaha before moving to Chicago towards the end of 1929 to live with her daughter. Helen "Nell" Parmele was still living in Illinois as of the 1940 census. It's unknown what became of her after 1940.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The collection consists of one folder containing letters from Dick Waugh describing a trip south, military training, and service during the Spanish American War in the Philippines. Also included are letters from Gilmore O'Rourke (Helen's brother) and Clarence Furay and biographical material on Helen Parmele and John O'Rourke.
Furay, Clarence M., 1876-1902
O'Rourke, Gilmore, 1878-
O'Rourke, John, 1836-1882
Parmele, Helen "Nell" M. (O'Rourke), 1876-
Waugh, Richard "Dick"
Revised TMM 03-29-2018