Maude Gibson Ritter papers, 1919-1961
Prepared by Merritt D. Betts, May 21, 1985; Revised by E. Merle Watkins, April 24, 2003; Updated January 2015
1 slim document case, .16 cubic feet, 11th floor
Old archives number: D.7.21.1.
Brothers-in-law John Gibson and Phil Ott came to Kent with their families in 1908 to operate a restaurant at the corner of Main Street and Franklin Avenue. Maude (1903-1983) was the oldest child of John and Bertha Gibson. Their other children were Jane, Ruth (Mrs. Redmond Greer) and Robert. In 1927, Maude married Edwin Ritter, also a member of the Kent High School class of 1922. Ritter's grandfather was Ed Lutz, a Kent carpenter and builder whose name appears frequently in the T. G. Parsons Lumber Company Records.
Scope and Content
This collection was donated in 1982 by Esther Getz Donaghy, a life-time friend of Maude Gibson Ritter. Included in this small collection is a diary kept by Maude Gibson while she was a student at Kent Central High School, a 1922 Senior class prophecy and some newspaper articles. The Family Tree and Wilson Reunion notebook was donated by James Beal in 2014.
- Diary, loose pages, 1919-1920
- Senior class prophecy, 1922
- The Bulletin, a Kent paper published by John Patton and edited by K.H. Grismer, first edition, December 26, 1932 (shelved in 11th floor map case)
- Cleveland Plain Dealer photocopied articles featuring "Uncle Hen" Lutz of Logan, Ohio and his invention of a steam automobile in the late nineteenth century, December 25-28, 1947
- "Family Tree List & Wilson Reunion Roll Call, 1956-1961" Compiled by Maude Gibson Ritter. Donated by James Beal, Sugar Bush Knolls, Ohio.