Scope and Contents
Papers of Walter Dix Lewis (1891-1958), his wife Osie Eleanor Grose Lewis (1891-1979), and their descendants.
The collection is divided into 8 series, including:
Series 1. Postcards; 1908-1985 and undated; box 1, folders 1-4
Series 2. Letters and Telegrams; 1913-1946 and undated; box 1, folder 5
Series 3. Photographs; ca. 1890s-1996 (bulk undated); box 1, folders 6-8
Series 4. Walter Lewis Pay Slips; 1949; box 1, folder 9
Series 5. Sound Recordings; 1972-1975; box 1, folder 10 (4 records)
Series 6. Miscellaneous; 1911-2006 and undated; box 1, folders 11-12
Series 7. Motion Pictures; 1988-1995 and undated; box 2 (6 video tapes)
Series 8. Artifact; 1993; box 2 (1 plaque)
Items within folders are generally unsorted.
Series 1. Postcards; 1908-1985 and undated; box 1, folders 1-4. Some postcards include correspondence, mostly to Osie. Postcard images include photographic postcards of family, friends, circus animals, and the lumber mill in Richwood, WV, where Walter presumably worked. Many of the photographic portrait postcards are labeled; family names of subjects include Armentrout, Grose, Groves/Graves, Lewis, McVay, Persinger, Sparks, and Spenser. Also included are non-photographic postcards depicting landmarks, many in West Virginia, and other scenes.
Series 2. Letters and Telegrams; 1913-1946 and undated; box 1, folder 5. The letters (1913-1946 and undated) are written mostly to Osie; topics include life and work, farming, and religious revivals. Telegrams (1931-1946) announce the deaths of family and friends.
Series 3. Photographs; ca. 1890s-1996 (bulk undated); box 1, folders 6-8. This series includes mounted black and white portraits, one tintype portrait, black and white photographs of musicians and soldiers (presumably from WWI), and additional photographs in both black and white and color. Some of the family and friends in the portraits are identified.
Series 4. Walter Lewis Pay Slips; 1949; box 1, folder 9. These pay slips show wages, hours worked, and tax withheld during 1949, when Walter worked for Forrest A. Strickler of Morgantown, WV, who did cabinet work and building contracting.
Series 5. Sound Recordings; 1972-1975; box 1, folder 10 (4 records). There are four 45 RPM vinyl records: 2 of "The Little Wooden Church" by Rev. Katie Davis and "Down the Sawdust Trail" by the Koon Family (1972), and 2 of Missionary-Nurse Mary Flynn and "Russ Fluharty and his Oldtime Dulcimer" (1975) by the Circuit Rider Ministry.
Series 6. Miscellaneous; 1911-2006 and undated; box 1, folders 11-12. Items include religious materials, grocery lists, pamphlets, greeting cards, receipts, obituaries, a jury summons for Walter, a lock of hair from Lillie F. Lewis, a Columbus Card Company Pocket Sample Case, parking passes, cigarette silks, and an apple butter recipe.
Series 7. Motion Pictures; 1988-1995 and undated; box 2 (6 video tapes). This series includes 6 VHS tapes: 2 of "Bowers Auction" (undated); 2 of Johnson Chapel UM Church's "Heritage Day 1990"; 1 of "Johnson Chapel UM Church Heritage Sunday April 24, 1988"; and 1 of "WV Day 1995--Helvetia: the Swiss of West Virginia--Dead Can Dance."
Series 8. Artifact; 1993; box 2 (1 plaque). This plaque bears a piece of a goalpost from the WVU vs. Miami football game on November 20, 1993.
Biographical / Historical
Osie Eleanor Grose Lewis was born on February 6, 1891, in Persinger, West Virginia, daughter of Andrew Dixon Grose and Margaret Armentrout Grose.
Walter Dix Lewis was born in September 1891, son of Frank and Lillie Lewis of Nicholas County, West Virginia.
Osie and Walter Lewis were married in 1911. They lived in Morgantown, West Virginia, and had six children. Walter chiefly worked as a carpenter. Walter Lewis died in 1958. Osie Lewis died on November 11, 1979. Children included Denver Dix Lewis, who died on July 25, 1962; Dexter Lewis; and Reva Margaret Lewis Forbes, who died on January 5, 2002.
0.8 Linear Feet (Summary: 10 in. (2 document cases, 5 in. each))