Tales of the Al Dorr Family

As told by

Maxyne C. Zerby Dorr


The information for the following story is taken from several sources. First and most important were Mother’s notes that I found when I cleaned out her house after she moved to assisted living. For the first few months after she was in the assisted living home, Mom focused on the time she lived in Supply. I was able to obtain additional information by listening to her stories about her childhood. I have been able to obtain a lot of details that otherwise would have been lost.

After reading several of her summaries, I realized that these were written as her testimony of how God had helped her to overcome difficulties in her life. During the late 70’s and early 80’s Mother went to a number of Christian conferences, both in the United States and abroad. Most of these notes (there were six to eight different handwritten copies) centered on her childhood in Supply, meeting my father, problems related to my cerebral palsy and Kent’s problems during his teenage years. Also I found a log for the years 1957 to 1985 that included the major events that happened each year. Mother always called Dad "Dorr," and that is how she refers to him in the following story.

I discovered a number of letters that Dad had written over the years as well. During the last few years of his life he enjoyed writing letters to his old college and Navy friends, bringing them up to date with his life. We even found an envelope that contained a number of his high school memories, including his scrapbook. And naturally there were all the pictures, cards and memorabilia that any family finds when they clean out their parents’ home.

Dana had made tapes of my mother, father, aunts and uncles talking about the past. These have been reviewed and information added from them. I have added a few stories from my childhood.  Since I was the first to leave the family and lived out of state for 35 years, I am hoping my brothers will add their memories of growing up in the Dorr household that were special to them.

If you click on the pictures in the web pages they should enlarge to full screen.

I would like to acknowledge my son, Tim, for helping me get this web site started.


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