Ida Reid Calhoun was born on October 18, 1907 in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from high school in Florence, Alabama and a few weeks later married Lt. Theodore Leslie Futch. She divorced in 1929 and began her studies at William & Mary.
In 1924 she married Lt. George Evans Burritt and resumed her Army life. During their 56 years of marriage, they lived at many posts, including pre-World War II Hawaii and post-war Europe. She earned a BA in journalism (magna cum laude) from Texas Christian University in 1962. Afterward there were graduate studies in psychology and nutrition in Alabama and Florida.
She worked as a reporter, editor, publisher and columnist for newspapers in Texas, Alabama and Florida. The family moved to Destin, Florida in 1973 where she did volunteer work. In 1993, Ida was named one of Destin’s “Outstanding Seniors,” and in 1998 was inducted into the Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame. While in Fort Worth, she wrote for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Press and The Skiff, TCU’s paper. She also published a conservative weekly newspaper called The Examiner. She died on June 3, 2001 in Austin, Texas.
Her daughter, Ida Calhoun Scott, donated the collection on March 1, 2003.
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The collection consists of two boxes of materials, primarily copies of The Examiner and some of her other writings.
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Last updated: July 2, 2014