Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Miramichi House of Clear Lake guest book, 1907-1934 MS 285

creator Peden, Edward Andrew
Title: Miramichi House of Clear Lake guest book
Dates: 1907-1934
Abstract: This guest book is filled with the signatures and comments of guests who visited the Peden family’s lake house in Clear Lake, Texas, called “Miramichi.” There are also several diary entries chronicling important events in the Peden family, as well as events that occurred at Miramichi.
Identification: MS 285
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 bound volume)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Sketch

Edward Andrew (E.A.) Peden was born on March 5, 1868. He became founder and president of Peden Iron and Steel Company in 1902, and was a very successful businessman. He was selected as the Federal Food Administrator of Texas during World War I, and at the request of President Hoover, he traveled to Paris and organized the European Child Relief Bureau of the American Relief Association. In 1923 he received a gold medal from the Houston Rotary Club as the citizen who had performed the greatest disinterested service to his fellow citizens. He was elected to the Rice Board of Trustees in 1922 and died on July 10, 1934.

E.A. Peden purchased Miramichi House, located in Clear Lake, Texas, in 1907 and it served as a weekend, holiday, and summer home for many family members and friends.

Scope and Contents of the Papers

This bound volume of photocopies of the original guest book includes the names and comments of many guests who visited Miramichi, near Houston in Clear Lake, Texas, on various weekends and holidays. The book also includes photographs of the house, newspaper clippings regarding buried treasure myths in the area, an introduction and short history of the house by E.A. Peden, a floorplan of the house, and various diary entries by Mrs. E.A. Peden. Also included are several drawings of the handprints of young children such as Stella Peden, Stella Masterson, and Laura Kirkland. E.A. Peden also includes at the beginning of the book the names and comments of visitors that he found carved into the walls when he purchased the home, some dating back to 1902.


Restrictions on Access

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the Miramichi Guest Book must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Index Terms

Texas -- Clear Creek
visitors' books

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Miramichi Guest Book, 1907-1934, MS 285 , Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


The original Miramichi Guest Book was donated by Miss Stella Masterson (granddaughter of E.A. Peden), through Mrs. Edward R. Baird, for photocopying in September 1966. Ms. Masterson kept the original in the family records.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Miramichi guest book 1907-1934

1 Miramichi Guest Book, approx . 370 pages.