Laurence E. Ledbetter Scrapbook
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Laurence Edwin Ledbetter was born April 6, 1882 to Edwin J and Mary Josephine Ledbetter in Austin, Texas. Ledbetter spent most of his life in Austin with a brief relocation to the Midwest between 1903 and 1906. Once settled back in Austin he married Bess Cunningham on June 29, 1910. Upon returning from military service in France during World War I Ledbetter tried several jobs and eventually went to work as an electrician and general maintenance man at the Texas Capitol in 1920. He retired as the Superintendent of Building and Grounds at the Texas Capitol in 1956. Bess Ledbetter died in March of 1966 and Laurence followed in March of 1968.
The scrapbook includes photographs with corresponding text that provides a timeline for Laurence Ledbetter's life from birth to the celebration of his 50th wedding anniversary in 1960. Also included are newspaper clippings, awards and recognitions that celebrate Ledbetter's achievements.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
Donor inherited the scrapbook from Ledbetter's granddaughter.
Laurence E. Ledbetter Scrapbook (AR.2010.020). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2000/080
Donation Date: 2008
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.
Because of preservation concerns the scrapbook was dismantled and the photographs were sleeved individually. Photocopies of each of the scrapbook pages were created to preserve the original intent of the creator.
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