Minnie Belle Weygandt

Biography

Portrait by Ruth Colman. Original Longyear Collection.

MINNIE BELLE WEYGANDT was first introduced to Christian Science in 1886 in her hometown of Fairfield, Iowa, where she witnessed a relative’s healing of consumption. Minnie later experienced healing herself, and after studying Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures in earnest, joined The Mother Church and traveled to Boston to take Primary class instruction from Janet Colman in 1894. Before long, Minnie, and her younger sister Mary, who had also been taught by Mrs. Colman, were recommended by their teacher to work as maid and cook for Edward and Caroline Bates in Boston. In January 1899, Minnie was called to serve as a cook at Pleasant View in Concord, New Hampshire (her sister joined her two weeks later), where she remained until Mrs. Eddy left New Hampshire for Boston in 1907. On occasion, Minnie worked at Mrs. Eddy’s final residence at 400 Beacon Street as well. Minnie’s main duties were in the kitchen, but she also helped with washing, ironing, cleaning, serving, and sewing.