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Lawrence C. Petri (MC 51)

Biographical Note

Lawrence C. Petri (September 12, 1905-November 5, 1977) was a partner in Kinsel and Petri Jewelers (established in 1860 by C.M. Kinsel), a leader in the Knights Templar of Georgia and was also involved in oil and gas exploration in both Georgia and Texas. He was married to Marjorie Cargill Petri (September 28, 1905-October 24, 1994), who was the daughter of J. Ralston Cargill. She was born and died in Columbus, Georgia.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a catalog of medals and badges sold by Petri's firm, advertising material, books and a photograph.

1940s-1970s 1 box (.3 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Lawrence C. Petri Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Lawrence C. Petri Collection, MC 51
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Note to Researchers

See also:

J. Ralston Cargill Collection, MC 24

Marjorie Cargill Petri Collection, MC 77

Evelyn Cargill Gilbert Poetry Papers, MC 27


These materials were donated by Marjorie Cargill Petri in March of 1980.

Box and Item List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Photograph of Lawrence C. Petri in his Knight Templary uniform, and a newspaper ad announcing the new firm of Wittich & Kinsel, practical watchmakers, jewelers & engravers, May 28, 1972.

Folder 2 – Medals and Badges: Designed and Manufactured by Kinsel & Petri, Columbus, Georgia. 12 pages. n.d.

Folder 3 – Highlights of Templar History, by William Mosely Brown, Wm. Mitchell Printing Company, Greenfield, Indiana, 1944

Folder 4 – Knight Templary in Georgia, compiled by Josiah T., Clarke, Grand Treasurer, Masonic Home Print Shop, Macon, Georgia, 1943