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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 280« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Robert Edward Oswald Lee)

Mr. Dulles.
that. I would like to ask as to--was Lee Harvey going to kindergarten at this time, or where was he from an educational point of view? He was 7 or 8 years old now.
Mr. Jenner.
Yes. He was 8 years old--he was 6 years old when they moved to-the commencement of the military school period, your brother, Lee, was 6 years old?
Mr. Oswald.
Six years old.
Mr. Jenner.
And that is about the time when you enter elementary school, is it not?
Mr. Oswald.
That I entered elementary school?
Mr. Jenner.
No---children generally.
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, sir.
I don't believe, however, though, that Lee at the age of 6 went to elementary school.
Mr. Jenner.
Would you tell us what the circumstances were in that connection, to the best of your recollection, and now.
Mr. Oswald.
All right, sir. To the best of my recollection, it was that Mr. Ekdahl was traveling quite a bit, and that mother was traveling with him, and Lee did not attend a school during that year.
Mr. Jenner.
Did Lee travel with them?
Mr. Oswald.
I believe that he did during that time.
Mr. Jenner.
That is your best recollection?
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, sir; that is my best recollection.
Mr. Jenner.
You are trying not to speculate.
Mr. Oswald.
That is correct, sir.
Mr. Mckenzie.
Off the record.
(Discussion off the record.)
Mr. Jenner.
Back on the record.
Mr. Mckenzie.
I believe, to my best recollection, that the school age-- commencement age was 7 years old.
Mr. Dulles.
I think what we are trying to get at is what was Lee doing--was he with the mother, was he in some kind of kindergarten?
Do you recall during those 3 years you were in the military academy--where was Lee?
Representative Ford.
When you say the school age, in Texas, you mean the mandatory attendance age?
Mr. JAWORSKI That is correct.
Mr. Mckenzie.
Yes, that is what I have reference to.
Mr. JAWORSKI I recall, if I may add, at the age of 6, children were normally sent to kindergarten in those days.
Mr. Jenner.
As you have now related it to us, Mr. Oswald, in this period, let's call it the military school period because we have identified the time question--at the commencement Lee was then 6 years old. And as we now learn, normally that would be a kindergarten period.
He was traveling or accompanied his mother, your mother, and Mr. Ekdahl in their travels in connection with Mr. Ekdahl's business, and he was not either in kindergarten or otherwise in school.
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, sir; I am of this opinion--he was not.
Mr. Jenner.
And that was your information at the time that you and John were attending military school?
Mr. Oswald.
That would be correct, sir.
Mr. Dulles.
Do you know where he was, and who was taking care of him during that period--if your mother was traveling with Mr. Ekdahl?
Mr. Oswald.
I believe Lee was going with them, sir, during these travels. I don't recall---other than this one photograph-- at one time they were out in Arizona. I don't recall any other places that they traveled to. I am sure mother, she was writing us quite frequently, John and I, usually just one letter to both of us--any other names or areas that they had traveled during this period.
Mr. Jenner.
Now, may we proceed to the succeeding school period, which would be the year '46-'47. He is now at that time 7 years of age. Your mother and Mr. Ekdahl and Lee were then residing in Benbrook, Tex.
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