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Addison W. Lee Family Papers - MS 1163

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

 Introduction

The papers of the Addison W. Lee Family are comprised of approximately .25 linear feet of correspondence, clippings, printed and photographic material of a Deshler Ohio industrialist and banker.

The collection was donated by Jane Wilson on April 2, 2011 to the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection and duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. The register was completed by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts, Bowling Green State University in September 2011.

 Biographical Sketch

Addison W. Lee (1829-1911) built the first stave mill in Deshler in 1873. He was born in Huron County, Ohio, on July 14, 1829. He headed to California during the 1848 gold rush and unlike so many others found success in the goldfields. He returned to Ohio and around the time of the Civil War entered the stave mill business forming the partnership of Lee & Weaver in Toledo. He came to Deshler as before stated and opened perhaps the second industry in the new town. The stave mill grew to become one of the “most extensive” in northwest Ohio. Lee became an important financial investor in Deshler and was the proprietor of the Bank of Deshler. He died Tuesday, March 21, 1911, in his room at the Fayram Hotel in Deshler.

The son of Benjamin Lee and Mary Werner, Addison had one son, Dwight Linden Lee, from an earlier marriage, and Raymond Werner Lee from his marriage to Mary E Pierson. William M. Fitzwilliam is half-brother to Raymond Lee from Mary Pierson’s prior marriage to Cary Fitzwilliam. Raymond W. Lee was married to Marjorie Brode, who is also represented in this collection, and later he married Mildred Ione Seymour.

Some genealogical family sheets provided by the donor are included with this collection.

 Scope and Content

The material in the Addison W. Lee Family papers includes one piece of correspondence from Addison Lee to his family, but more material related to his son, Raymond W. Lee, who had a degree in marine engineering from the University of Michigan. The correspondence that isn’t strictly family-related includes a few letters from H.L. House of Deshler regarding the care of some property that Raymond had in the Deshler area. Some minor business correspondence of Addison W. Lee, representing Lee & Weaver Manufacturers, can also be found in the collection of the Deshler Land Company (MS-1064).

 Series Description

CORRESPONDENCE

ADDISON W. LEE
July 21, 1910
Letter written from Deshler, describing a land purchase and mentioning his health

RAYMOND W. LEE
1916-1942
Correspondence to Raymond Lee including a letter including some genealogical information and some referring to his interest in marine design/engineering

MARJORIE BRODE LEE
1922
Letters dealing primarily with family issues

WILLIAM FITZWILLIAM
1911
Letter written from W.H. Macy in San Dimas, California describing business affairs

H.L. HOUSE
1911-1917
Minor correspondence related to Raymond Lee’s property in Deshler, with an additional inquiry to him about the Lee Estate, of which he was the executor

SUBJECT FILES

SCHOOL RECORDS
1911-1914
Graduation announcement and certificates of completion for high school classes taken by Raymond Lee

OLD TIMERS’ CLUB (DETROIT STEEL PRODUCTS/FENESTRA, INC.)
1954-1960
Annual reports (1955, 1960) and certificate (1954) of Raymond Lee’s employer

LEGAL RECORDS

ADDISON W. LEE ESTATE PAPERS
1911-1914
Appeal filed by Dwight L. Lee about execution of the estate, and a later letter from executor, H.L. House regarding satisfactory division of household goods

PROPERTY RECORDS
1919-1962
Mortgage and other documents related to the home of Raymond and Marjorie Lee at 202-206 W. Longwood, in Detroit, Michigan

FINANCIAL RECORDS

RECEIPT FOR SERVICES
1953
Notification letter and receipt to Raymond Lee, as next of kin, related to the cremation of William M. Fitzwilliam and disposition of his remains

PRINTED MATERIAL

CERTIFICATES
1927
Safety inspection certificates for several firearms owned by Raymond Lee

CLIPPINGS
1910, 1954
Newspaper clippings reporting the death of Addison Lee and one with the announcement of the marriage of Raymond Lee to Mildred I. Seymour

STATIONERY
n.d.
Bank of Deshler blank stationery

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS
n.d.
Various portraits identified as Addison Lee, Raymond & Marjorie Brode Lee, Mary E. Pierson, William Fitzwilliam, and miscellaneous other photos

 Inventory

Box 1

Folder

  1. Correspondence - Addison W. Lee, 1910
  2. Correspondence - Raymond Lee, 1916-1942
  3. Correspondence - Marjorie Brode Lee, 1922
  4. Correspondence - William M. Fitzwilliam, 1911
  5. Correspondence - H.L. House, 1911-1917
  6. Subject - Raymond Lee school records, 1911-1914
  7. Subject - Raymond Lee Old Timers’ Club material, 1954-1960
  8. Legal - A.W. Lee estate documents, 1911-1914
  9. Legal - Mortgage home of Raymond and Marjorie Lee, 1919-1962
  10. Financial - William M. Fitzwilliam cremation/disposition, 1953
  11. Printed - Raymond Lee firearms inspection certificates, 1927
  12. Printed - Newspaper clippings, 1910, 1954
  13. Printed - Bank of Deshler blank stationery, n.d.
  14. Photographs - Addison Lee, n.d.
  15. Photographs - Raymond & Marjorie Brode Lee, n.d.
  16. Photographs - Mary E. Pierson, William Fitzwilliam, n.d.
  17. Photographs - Miscellaneous, n.d.
  18. Genealogical information file

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