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Catalog Number 2006.19
Object Name File, Document
Scope & Content ms 224
Minnie Gertrude Lewis Collection
1824-1959
Bulk 1920-1950
2 Boxes (10 linear inches) plus 3 oversized items

Scope and Content
This is a collection of essays, ephemera, booklets, financial documents, record books, and other papers written or compiled by Minnie Gertrude Lewis (1874 - 1952)a resident of the Hio district of Bridgton, Maine. She was the daughter of Edwin Lyman Lewis (1852-192 ) and Mary E. Rounds (1854-1934). Minnie was educated in Bridgton, and graduated from Bridgton High School in 1892.

She was an active local historian, and some of the collection consists of early documents and family papers, including a local, though unidentified, account book, as well as several monographs on Bridgton history (specifically Guy Monk's1958 History of North Bridgton and Marshall Cram's Address on the dedication of the Bridgton Town house in 1852.) The collection includes a number of essays she wrote, for school, as well as later recollections and stories about the early days of the Hio Ridge neighborhood, which she wrote later in life, in 1940 (box 1, folder 16, "Hio and the Lewises"). There is also correspondence with Margaret Cook on the history of the Hio Ridge neighborhood and its houses (box 1, folder 6), which contributed to the chapter on Hio Ridge in the History of Bridgton published by Bridgton Historical Society in 1968, and updated in 1994 (Bridgton, Maine, 1768-1994, A Bicentennial History).

Approximately half of the collection consists of papers related to the First Congregational Church in Bridgton, of which she was a member. She also served as secretary for the church. In addition to programs from services and various anniversary celebrations, there are financial reports, correspondence, and general histories of the church.


Box 1
Folder 1 "An Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Town House, in Bridgton,
Maine, January 2, 1852" by Marshall Cram
2Unidentified Account Book, 1848-1873
3The Story of Bridgton, Maine, Guy M. Monk, 1958
4Letter from L. Lewis, Augusta, re: Anti-slavery legislation
5George Rounds, Probate Document 1871
6Correspondence between Margaret Cook and Minnie G. Lewis re: Houses on Hio
Ridge, with maps and additional annotations
7News clippings re: Obituaries and Bridgton History
8Miscellaneous notes re: Bridgton history and genealogy, Frances Greene
9List of names with brief biographical notes [arranged by Bridgton High School class]
10"The Little One - Paper No. 1" - 6, written under an assumed name for Bridgton News [by Minnie G. Lewis], genealogical and historical notes re: Bridgton
11Typescript, "Miss Susan," Story by "Gertrude M. Lewis."
12Manuscript, "Review of Dangerous Opportunity," [by Minnie G. Lewis]
13Manuscript, "A Review of Women Under the Southern Cross," [by Minnie G. Lewis]
14Manuscript, "The Influence of the Bible on Literature," by Minnie G. Lewis
15Typescript, "Cicero on Old Age," by "Gertrude M. Lewis"
16.1 "Our Early Bridgton" (2014.25)
16.2Manuscript, "Hio and the Lewises - Original Essays," Minnie Gertrude Lewis, 1940.
17Manuscript "A Pastoral Visit," M.G. Lewis (found with Congregational Church Material, see Box 2
18Hio Circle Library, By-Laws, Catalogs and Accounts; West Bridgton Library By-Laws and Records
19Bridgton High School Cookbook, 1923, published by the Class of 1923
20Edward Lewis, Documents re: Camp on Moose Pond
21Ephemera re: Big Pine Camp, Moose Pond.
22Notes and clippings re: Sabatis Island, Moose Pond
23[Camp] Winona News, 1941
24Report: Incorporation of the Center village Corporation into the Municipal Government, Town of Bridgton, 1959, by H. Dayton Benway.
25 "Minnie Gertrude Lewis, Jan. 1, 1913," Account book, 1913-1942 (2014.250

Box 2First Congregational Church
Folder 1List of Members, 1784-1919, in "Up in Maine Writing Tablet."
2Church Taxes, 1877; Lothrop Lewis, Receipt for Pew, 1824
3Roll, 1824 (fragile)
4Financial Reports, Records, and Fundraising, 1892 and 1930-1959
5Clerks Reports, etc. 1930-1947
6Programs, 1932-1949
7First and South Churches Newsletter, 1947
8Correspondence and various resolutions, 1870-1946 and no date
9Typescript: "The First Parish in the Time of the Rev. Josiah Hawes," by Norman Libby
10Manuscript: "A Famous Boston Preacher" [Henry Bernard Carpenter) by Charles O.Stickney
11Comrades of the Way (youth group), 1947
12Standing Committee Notes, 1930-1959
13Hand-written history, 175th Anniversary, 1959
14Hand-written history based on the 175th Anniversary Celebration, by Ruth L. Howard
15100th Anniversary Program and News Clippings, 1884
16125th Anniversary, 1909
17Rededication, 1930
18Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1934
19175th Anniversary, 1959
20175th Anniversary Remarks & History, by Henry A. Shorey, 1959
21Materials and Notes for History
22Booklets, Anniversaries, Manuals and Histories; Manual of North Bridgton Congregational Church,, ca. 1905
23Photographs
24News Clippings

Oversized:
3 Posters, 10" x 13," for the Sabatis Island Craft Shop, two "H.L. & Marjorie Smith" at bottom, one with H.L. covered by a small label, FF 1, Drawer 3.

Title Minnie Gertrude Lewis Collection
Other number ms224