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Prepared by Merritt D. Betts, May 21, 1985; Revised by E. Merle Watkins, April 24, 2003; Updated January 2015; Last Updated: December 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1919-1961
Extent: .16 cubic foot (1 slim document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Processing Information: Originally processed under the archives identification D.7.21.1.
Historical Note: 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: 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.
Acquistion Information: The original collection was donated in 1982 by Esther Getz Donaghy, a life-time friend of Maude Gibson Ritter. The Family Tree and Wilson Reunion notebook was donated by James Beal in 2014.