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RG1103.AM:  Mabel E. (Cutter) Packer Lewton, 1890-1978

Papers:  ca. 1909-1955

Ashland, Saunders County, Nebraska

Size:  2.0 cu.ft.; 2 boxes


Born March 24, 1890, in Weeping Water, Nebraska, Mabel E. (Cutter) Packer Lewton was the daughter of Abrahm and Annie Cutter.  On September 21, 1916 she married Dr. John M. Packer, residing in Memphis, Nebraska, for two years and then Ashland, Nebraska, for thirty-five years.  Dr. Packer died in 1956.  On June 14, 1959, Mabel married Ellis Lewton.  The couple moved to Stanton, Nebraska, where they lived for nineteen years.

Mabel was a member of numerous organizations throughout her life, including the First Christian Church in Ashland; P.E.O. Sisterhood of Ashland; Ashland Woman’s Club; Matthews Chapter 242, Order of the Eastern Star; P.E.O. Sisterhood of Stanton; Women’s Fellowship of the Congregational Church; and the Stanton Woman’s Club.  She died on December 1, 1978.


This collection consists of two boxes containing papers and records collected by Mabel Packer Lewton.  The materials generally relate to the various organizations she served in over the years.  The collection is not fully processed, but an inventory is available.


Box 1


    1. The Delphian Society, Acacia Chapter, Ashland, Nebraska, Yearbook, 1929, 1933-1940, also charter membership card.

    1. Ashland Garden Club, program and membership, 1952-1954

    1. American Legion Auxiliary, Ashland Unit #129, officers and membership, 1951-1955

    1. Fales Auxiliary, 1950, 1951, and 1954

    1. Women’s Club, Ashland, Nebraska, Yearbook: 1923-24, 1927-29, 1931-36, 1938-1942, and 1944-1952

    1. PEO Sisterhood, including:

      Chapter BD: Ashland, NE, program and membership, 1924-1927, 1929-1937, 1939-1955

      Chapter AN: Lexington, Nebr., program and membership, 1930-1932, 1934-1935, 1939-1940

      Chapter CA: Des Moines, Iowa, 1952-1953

      Chapter CP: Omaha, Nebraska, 1927-1934

      Chapter CS: Lincoln, Nebraska, 1927-1928

      Chapter CZ: Wakefield, Nebraska: 1927-1928

      Chapter DA: Hastings, Nebraska, 1928-1929

      Chapter I: Wahoo, Nebraska, 1929-1930

      Nebraska State Chapter: State Convention, 39 (1928) and 52 (1941)

    1. First Christian Church, Ashland, Nebraska, materials:

      Ladies Aid Society, Yearbook, 1927-1932

      Christian Women’s Fellowship, 1950-1951. Program and membership

      Women’s Council, officers and program, 1937-1941, 1944-1950

      Constitution and by-laws of the Women’s Council

    1. Christian Church, state conventions, 1933, 1938, and 1943 (Nebraska Yearbook, 1940)

    1. Christian Women’s Fellowship, Humboldt, Nebraska, 1953-1955; Fairbury, Nebraska 1954-1955; Bethany Christian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1954-1955

    1. Bethany Christian Church, Directory and Program Guide, 1952-1953

    1. Yearbook of Programs of Missionary Societies, 1932-1933, and Through Eye-Gate to State Missions, Nebraska Christian Missionary Society

    1. Minutes of First Christian Church Circle Group, 1934

Box 2


    1. Basketball and baseball:

      Nebraska High Schools, 12th annual basketball tourney, 1922 (program)

      Basketball score books, Ashland, Nebraska, 1920-1921

      Minutes of the Memphis Athletic Club, 1916

      St. Louis vs. Philadelphia, World Series, 1930 (official score card)

    1. Cotner University:

      Baccalaureate Day program, June 4, 1916

      Handbooks 1, 3 and 4

      Songs of Old Cotner

      William Prince Aylsworth – Biography

    1. Official World’s Fair Weekly, July 23, 1933

    1. Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, official program, January 1, 1941

    1. Sigma Theta, Directory, 1915-16

    1. Saunders County Eighth Grade Promotion Exercises, May 13, 1950 and Ashland High School Graduation Exercises, 1947 (programs)

    1. Nebraska Clippings

    1. Bankbook of J.M. Packer, August 1915-November 1920

    1. Records of the Avoca Christian Church (Now the Congregational Church at Avoca), one book, two ladies’ aid secretaries books

    1. Cotner University programs, 1909-1914; letter from G.J. Van Buren concerning basketball

    1. Three party programs of Mabel Cutter

    1. “Prize winners in Ashland stir up Contests” from Omaha Bee News, October 11. 1935

    1. Order and bill of sale for Ford Model T Runabout, 1915 and receipt

    1. A few tax receipts

    1. Iowa Wesleyan News, January 15, 1927

    1. The Christian Reporter, July 17, 1925

    1. The Nebraska Tidings, November 1933


Subject headings:

Ashland (Nebraska) — History

Ashland Woman’s Club (Ashland, Nebraska)

Avoca Christian Church (Avoca, Nebraska)

Avoca Congregational Church (Avoca, Nebraska)

Colleges and universities — Nebraska

Congregational Church in Nebraska

Cotner College (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Delphian Society (Ashland, Nebraska)

Disciples of Christ — Nebraska

First Christian Church (Ashland, Nebraska)

Lewton, Mabel E. (Cutter) Packer, 1890-1978

Packer, John M., 1883-1956

PEO Sisterhood (Ashland, Nebraska)


SS                      04-07-1959

Revised TMM     03-14-2017