This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to Edison's winter home, Seminole Lodge, and to community interests at Fort Myers, Florida. Included are letters pertaining to the grounds, gardens, and orchards and to the possible relocation of some laboratory equipment to West Orange. The correspondents include Harvie E. Heitman, longtime property manager at Seminole Lodge; Benjamin E. Tinstman, who was hired by Charles Edison in 1918 as his replacement; and Richard W. Kellow, who handled most of the Fort Myers affairs in his capacity as secretary of Thomas A. Edison, Personal.
Approximately 30 percent of the documents have been selected. Most of the unselected material consists of administrative correspondence concerning property management, including dock repairs, fruit sales, fire insurance, expenses, and taxes. Also unselected are documents pertaining to Liberty Loan sales and letters from local organizations requesting Edison's support or assistance.
Additional items regarding Tinstman's appointment as property manager can be found in Richard W. Kellow File, Agreement with B. E. Tinstman (1918-1923) [env. 5] (Legal Series). Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.