Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Ada T. H. (Ada Tower Heath) Owsley Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Ada T. H. (Ada Tower Heath) Owsley Collection,
Creator: Owsley, Ada T. H. (Ada Tower Heath)
Inclusive dates: 1856-1960, and undated
Extent: Approximately 9 cubic ft. (in 7 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection includes the Owsley family papers, both personal and business, of Ada, her siblings and their families, her parents, grandparents, and other relatives.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 2079

Access Restrictions:

Ada T. H. (Ada Tower Heath) Owsley Collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Ada T. H. (Ada Tower Heath) Owsley Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The collection is organized alphabetically by series, by the name of the family member, then alphabetically and chronologically.


History

Biography:

Ada Tower Heath Owsley (Born circa 1900?) was the daughter of William B. and Caroline Tower Heath. During World War I, Ada served as a Red Cross Secretary in France. After the war, she married Merrit J. Owsley. Together, they had a son named William, born in 1924. Ada and her family lived in Ionia, Michigan.

Ada’s father, William B. Heath, was the son of Alfred Heath. Her mother, Caroline, was the daughter of Angelo E. and Abbie Lovell Tower. Abbie’s siblings were Louis S. Lovell and Nellie Lovell (Mrs. John Thompson). (This information is from the collection.)

IMargaret Heath, Ada’s sister, married Maxwell H. Webber (1896-1937), son of George W. Webber (1825-1900), who served as a U.S. Representative in Congress, 1881-1883. (See Michigan Biographies, p. 417)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes the family papers of all of Ada’s relatives who are named above and her papers, 1856-1945. She also collected children’s art and display materials, 1950-1960 and undated (Boxes 3-7). Most of the materials document Ionia, Michigan, business records, including accounts of Angelo E. Tower when he was postmaster of Ionia, 1886-1890; Tower and Thompson Lumber Company, ledger and legal papers, 1868-1882; Webber Block (housing) papers, 1929-1936; Webber and Wilson (George W. Webber and H. J. Wilson’s mercantile business) ledger, 1866-1867; and Webber Road Construction Company, 1921-1937. There are also some legal records regarding the Topinabee Hotel, 1931, which was on Mullet Lake, near Cheboygan, Michigan. Unidentified land records are filed at the end of Box 2, and children’s art is housed in flat boxes 3-7.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Owsley, Ada T. H. (Ada Tower HEath)
    • Heath, Alfred.
    • Heath, William B.
    • Lovell, Louis S., 1839-1921.
    • Tower, Angelo Emery.
    • Webber, George W., born 1825.
    • Webber, Maxwell H.
    • Heath family.
    • Owsley family.
    • Lovell family.
    • Webber family.
    • Webber Road Construction (Ionia, Mich.)
    • Webber and Wilson (Ionia, Mich.)
    • United States Postal Service (Ionia, Mich.)
    • Hotel Topinabee (Cheboygan, Mich.)
    • Tower and Thompson Lumber Company.
    • Children's drawings--Michigan.
    • Ionia (Mich.)--History.
    • Mullett Lake(Mich.)--History.
    • Ionia (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Ionia County (Mich.)--History.
    • Ionia County (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Ada T. H. (Ada Tower Heath) Owsley Collection is open for research. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Alfred Heath, Land Papers, Deeds (Ionia), 1874-1879
    Box   1 F   2
    Alfred Heath, Land Papers, Mortgages, 1868-1907
    Box   1 F   3
    Alfred Heath, Miscellaneous, 1858-1891
    Box   1 F   4
    Alfred Heath, Pension Materials, 1905-1915
    Box   1 F   5
    William B. Heath, Correspondence, 1905-1939, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    William B. Heath, Land Papers, Land Contract, 1921; Deed, 1931, 1921; 1931
    Box   1 F   7
    William B. Heath, Legal Papers, re: Topinabee Hotel, 1931
    Box   1 F   8
    William B. Heath, Legal Papers, re: Etta R. Bailey, Administrator, 1930-1931
    Box   1 F   9
    William B. Heath, Legal Papers, re: John Scheid Estate, 1931
    Box   1 F   10
    William B. Heath, Legal Papers, re: Maria Popple Estate, 1932
    Box   1 F   11
    William B. Heath, Legal Papers, of WIlliam B. and Caroline Tower Heath, 1935, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    William B. Heath, Newspaper Clippings (copies), undated
    Box   1 F   13
    Louis S. Lovell, Correspondence, 1859-1890 (Scattered)
    Box   1 F   14
    Louis S. Lovell, Land Papers, Deeds, 1856-1868
    Box   1 F   15
    Louis S. Lovell, Ledger, 1872-1891
    Box   1 F   16
    Louis S. Lovell, Legal Papers, 1884-1886
    Box   1 F   17
    Louis S. Lovell, Legal Papers, re: Estate of Louis S. Lovell, Lands, undated
    Box   1 F   18
    Nellie S. Lovell, Scrapbooks, 1863-1901
    Box   1 F   19
    Nellie S. Lovell, Scrapbooks, 1865-1912
    Box   1 F   20
    Nellie S. Lovell, Scrapbooks (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   21
    Nellie S. Lovell, Scrapbooks (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   22
    Ada T. H. Owsley, Correspondence, 1911-1914
    Box   1 F   23
    Ada T. H. Owsley, Correspondence, 1926-1929
    Box   1 F   24
    Ada T. H. Owsley, Correspondence, 1931-1935
    Box   1 F   25
    Ada T. H. Owsley, Correspondence, 1936-1938
    Box   1 F   26
    Ada T. H. Owsley, Correspondence, undated
    Box   1 F   27
    Ada T. H. Owsley, Newspaper Clippings (copies), Family, undated
    Box   1 F   28
    Ada T. H. Owsley, Newspaper Clippings (copies), Michigan, undated
    Box   1 F   29
    Ada T. H. Owsley, Photographs, Postcards, 1916, undated
    Box   1 F   30
    Ada T. H. Owsley, School Notes, 1928
    Box   1 F   31
    Ada T. H. Owsley, School Notes (folder 1 of 3), undated
    Box   1 F   32
    Ada T. H. Owsley, School Notes (folder 2 of 3), undated
    Box   1 F   33
    Ada T. H. Owsley, School Notes (folder 3 of 3), undated
    Box   2 F   1
    Abbie L. Tower, Land Papers, Miscellaneous, 1902, 1907, 1917
    Box   2 F   2
    Angelo E. Tower, Cash Account Book, 1886-1888
    Box   2 F   3
    Angelo E. Tower, Correspondence, 1865-1915 (Scattered)
    Box   2 F   4
    Angelo E. Tower, Financial Records, Promissory Notes, 1869-1911
    Box   2 F   5
    Angelo E. Tower, Land Papers, 1880-1891 (Scattered)
    Box   2 F   6
    Angelo E. Tower, Military Service Papers, 1865, 1888
    Box   2 F   7
    Angelo E. Tower, Newspaper Clippings (Copies, Family), undated
    Box   2 F   8
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, June-September 1886
    Box   2 F   9
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, October-December 1886
    Box   2 F   10
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, January-April 1887
    Box   2 F   11
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, May-August 1887
    Box   2 F   12
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, September-December 1887
    Box   2 F   13
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, January-April 1888
    Box   2 F   14
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, May-August 1888
    Box   2 F   15
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, September-December 1888
    Box   2 F   16
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, January-April 1889
    Box   2 F   17
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, May-August 1889
    Box   2 F   18
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, September-December 1889
    Box   2 F   19
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, January-April 1890
    Box   2 F   20
    Angelo E. Tower, Official Records as Postmaster, May-December 1890
    Box   2 F   21
    Angelo E. Tower, Postmaster's Account Book, 1886-1890
    Box   2 F   22
    Tower and Thompson Lumber Company, Ledgers, 1868-1869
    Box   2 F   23
    Tower and Thompson Lumber Company, Ledgers, 1880-1882
    Box   2 F   24
    Tower and Thompson Lumber Company, Legal Papers, 1877, 1880
    Box   2 F   25
    Ella Webber, Correspondence, 1937-1945
    Box   2 F   26
    George W. Webber, Account Book, 1915-1916
    Box   2 F   27
    George W. Webber, Ledger, 1885-1900
    Box   2 F   28
    George W. Webber, Personal Account Book, 1901-1906
    Box   2 F   29
    George W. and Maxwell H. Webber, Land Papers, Tax Assessments, undated
    Box   2 F   30
    George W. and Maxwell H. Webber, Scrapbook (includes their obituaries), 1937
    Box   2 F   31
    Maxwell H. Webber, Legal Papers, 1914-1944
    Box   2 F   32
    Maxwell H. Webber, Military Service Correspondence, 1919
    Box   2 F   33
    Maxwell H. Webber, Newspaper Clippings (copies, family), undated
    Box   2 F   34
    Maxwell H. Webber, Webber Block, Bonds, undated
    Box   2 F   35
    Maxwell H. Webber, Webber Block, Correspondence, 1933
    Box   2 F   36
    Maxwell H. Webber, Webber Block, Insurance, 1929-1936
    Box   2 F   37
    Maxwell H. Webber, Webber Block, Mortgage, undated
    Box   2 F   38
    Webber and Wilson, Ledger, 1866-1867
    Box   2 F   39
    Webber Road Construction Company, Correspondence, April-December 1921
    Box   2 F   40
    Webber Road Construction Company, Correspondence, 1922
    Box   2 F   41
    Webber Road Construction Company, Correspondence, 1925-1937
    Box   2 F   42
    Webber Road Construction Company, Legal Contracts, 1921
    Box   2 F   43
    Unidentified, Land Papers, Maps, undated
    Box   2 F   44
    Unidentified, Land Papers, Washington State, 1902-1904
    Box   3 F   1
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 1 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   3 F   2
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 2 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   3 F   3
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 3 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   3 F   4
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 4 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   4 F   1
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 1 of 3), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   4 F   2
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 2 of 3), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   4 F   3
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 3 of 3), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   5 F   1
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 1 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   5 F   2
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 2 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   5 F   3
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 3 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   5 F   4
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 4 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   6 F   1
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 1 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   6 F   2
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 2 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   6 F   3
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 3 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   6 F   4
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 4 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   7 F   1
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 1 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   7 F   2
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 2 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   7 F   3
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 3 of 4), 1950-1960, undated
    Box   7 F   4
    Oversized Flat Box, Children's Art and Display Materials (folder 4 of 4), 1950-1960, undated