DARWIN D. MARTIN 1930 Correspondence

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 05: GOVERNANCE – Board of Trustees

 DARWIN D. MARTIN 1930 CORRESPONDENCE 


TAGS: Darwin D. Martin 1930 Correspondence ; PMSS Board of Trustees ; Katherine Pettit ; Angela Melville ; disarmament ; National Council for Prevention of War ; Bodie Anderson’s bill ; The White House ; Mary Rockwell Hook ; William Creech Memorial Fountain ; Hubert Hadley ; Bill Creech ; Columbus Creech ; mineral rights ; Celia C. (Cathcart) Holton ; Frank Lloyd Wright ; Margaret Motter ; Miss Hench ; Mrs. Emma Baker Kennedy ; reservoir ; deeds ;


 DARWIN D. MARTIN 1930 CORRESPONDENCE provides images, contents and transcriptions of 1930 letters to and from Darwin D. Martin, a member of the Board of Trustees at Pine Mountain Settlement School, 1920-1933, and a generous contributor to and consultant for the School. He was an executive of the Larkin Co. in Buffalo, New York.

CONTENTS: Darwin D. Martin 1930 Correspondence

1930-01-08
P1050695 – typewritten original
Mr. Darwin D. Martin comments to Miss Pettit regarding USDA’s information about producing seed potatoes. He suggests a less complicated publication that Mr. Browning and the students should use.

1930-02-24
P1050696 – typewritten carbon copy
Unsigned copy of letter to Mr. Martin [probably from Angela Melville] asks for his agreement that PMSS should go on record concerning disarmament, as proposed by the National Council for Prevention of War. Asks if Mrs. Martin will be responsible for Bodie Anderson’s bill.

1930-03-05
P1050697 – typewritten original
A letter to “Gentlemen” from Lawrence Richey, Secretary to the President, The White House in Washington, acknowledges receipt of the March 5th telegram and states that a London delegation is currently in difficult negotiations.

1930-03-07
P1050698- typewritten original
Mr. Martin’s secretary, Vera C. Skinner, informs Angela Melville that Mr. Martin wired a night letter to the President, stating the School urges that disarmament is the foremost consideration of the US delegation to the Naval Conference. She encloses letter from Mr. Donald E. Cole of Polk, Pa., for Melville to answer; Mrs. Martin sent check for Bodie Anderson.

1930-04-02
P1050685
“KP” asks Mrs. Mary Rockwell Hook for her suggested changes to the William Creech Memorial Fountain; teachers’ suggestions; welcomes her upcoming visit.

1930-04-09
P1050699 – typewritten carbon copy
Unsigned copy of letter [probably from Angela Melville] to Mr. Martin requests name bands for a list of 27 trees on the Pine Mt. grounds. Asks if they can be delivered before May Day so that the Botany Class can put them to use, with the hope that 20 trees can be marked each year.

1930-04-21
P1050700 – typewritten carbon copy
The writer of this unsigned copy of letter [probably from Angela Melville] to Mr. Martin states that she and Miss Pettit discussed his suggestions concerning the announcement of Mr. Hubert Hadley‘s appointment to the School and have accepted one of them. The writer thanks Mr. Martin for the tree markers and is passing his letter to Mr. Argetsinger to review the Latin names.

1930-04-26, 2 pages
P1050701 – typewritten carbon copy
The writer of this unsigned copy of letter [probably from Angela Melville] to Mr. Martin returns Mr. Cooke’s letter to him and asks advice on whether to keep his name as a donor. She reports that the Deisel foundations are in and describes the next steps, the need for new batteries, and future uses for the old Delco engines. Responses to the “Letter” are slow; Bill Creech, stone mason, will repair the reservoir; accompanied Columbus Creech on survey of mountain about mineral rights the school is getting; asks for address for Miss Janet Danforth.

1930-04-26
P1050703 – typewritten original
Mr. Martin sends copper tags for the trees to Miss Melville.

1930-05-03
P1050704 – typewritten original
Mr. Martin sends to Miss Melville a mailing list of “well disposed northern people” and suggests sending them the April letter.

1930-05-04
P1050686
Celia C. (Cathcart) Holton to Pettit: Martin suggests a monthly report from Hadley; Holton’s communication with Martin, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mary Rockwell Hook involving re-designing the fountain; Westminster Choir.

1930-05-06 
P1050684
Martin to Pettit (cc: Holton, Wright): Holton feels that the fountain should be changed while Pettit is still at PMSS. F.L.Wright’s involvement would be too expensive. A stone mason could re-arrange stones so that the offensive features are no longer present.

P1050687 [duplicate of P1050684]

1930-05-10
P1050688
Pettit to Martin, agreeing to leave the fountain changes to Miss Margaret Motter and Mr. Hubert Hadley.

1930-05-19
P1050689
Martin to Pettit about his visit with Frank Lloyd Wright. Asked for fountain dimensions and photos.

1930-05-26
P1050690
Martin to Pettit, agreeing that Mr. Hadley can send him photos of the fountain.

1930-09-15
P1050705 – typewritten original
In Mr. Martin’s letter to Mr. Hadley, PMSS Director, he encloses a clipping from Miss Hench that details the will of Mrs. Emma Baker Kennedy in NYC, who willed $5,000 to PMSS. He provides the name of the law firm for the executor and other information. He wonders whether bequests could be reported in Pine Mt. Notes and will bring it up at the next board meeting.

1930-11-03
P1050706 – typewritten original
Mr. Martin suggests to Mr. Hadley that the state engineer’s office should be consulted if there is still trouble with the reservoir. However, he hopes Henry Creech, Columbus, and other locals can solve it. He asks for the number of children who have gone home in this school year.

1930-10-15
P1050691 – typewritten carbon copy
Hubert Hadley, PMSS Director, writes Mr. Martin that he is not officially authorized to sign papers for the school and sending some of them to Martin to sign and forward to the De Forest Brothers.

1930-12-22
P1050692 – typewritten carbon copy
Mr. Hadley, PMSS Director, asks Mr. Martin the location of the deeds to the lands at Medical Center, Big Laurel and Line Fork. He also asks for information about the Stapletons’ contributions to Line Fork. Refers to a Mountain Life & Work article; asks for the average period of time that Pine Mt. holds its pupils.

1930-12-31
P1050693 – typewritten original
Mr. Martin informs Mr. Hadley that PMSS office paid two-thirds of December salaries by checks without accompanying explanation. He asks for a copy of the explanation which he assumes will be sent when the remainder is paid. He thanks Mr. Hadley for the copy of the deed to the Line Fork Settlement; asks about the deed to the Medical Settlement. He cites a clause in the deed about which there is apprehension.


TRANSCRIPTIONS: 1930 Darwin D. Martin Correspondence

TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050694 – Photo showing two folders with these titles:

BOX 2 – Folder 15 Board Correspondence, Darwin Martin, 1930
BOX 2 – Folder 16 Board Correspondence, Phillip Roettinger, 1930


1930-01-08
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050695 – typewritten original

[letterhead] DARWIN D. MARTIN
MARINE TRUST BUILDING
BUFFALO, N.Y.

Miss Katherine Pettit
Pine Mountain Settlement School
Pine Mountain, Ky.

January 8, 1930

Dear Miss Pettit:
I have just read U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farmers’ Bulletin #1332, free [“free” is in handwritten parentheses], and am awed by the knowledge and care needed to produce potatoes. I wonder if I did not send you years ago Grubb’s “The Potato”? This eighteen-page pamphlet is more valuable and practical. I hope Mr. Browning or his successor will get it and that the class in agriculture at Pine Mountain will learn to raise seed potatoes according to its teaching. You will undoubtedly read it yourself either at school or in Florida, where I am pleased to hear you may spend a couple of months.

I am told that Clearwater is the place to go — never have been there. When Pine Mountain produces “reliably certified seed potatoes” it will have “arrived”, equally with Kentucky Agricultural College — and why not?

I will pay for ten bushels of “reliable certified seed potatoes” if the school will plant them following literally the bulletin, from tuber-indexing, cutting, through planting, observing, roguing, harvesting, sacking, storing, disinfecting and again planting, when you should have enough for the school requirements and for seed the second year?

For the third year and thereafter you should be able to bless the community with good seed.

Very truly yours,
[signed] Darwin D. Martin


1930-02-24
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050696 – typewritten carbon copy

February 24, 1930.

My dear Mr. Martin:
Will you be good enough to read the enclosed material from the National Council for Prevention of War and if you agree with me that we would be proud to have Pine Mountain go on record in this matter, will you send off to the President a telegram about as follows:

As a school training the next generation we respectfully urge that Disarmament for the future peace of the world be the foremost consideration of our delegation to the Nav[a]l Conference.

Pine Mountain Settlement School.

I consult you since I am not to be here after this year and I do not wish to do anything that might [a]ffect the school adversely from the point of view of those who will be responsible for its financing. Personally I should be proud and happy to have Pine Mountain on record in this matter, and my teachers are of that mind.

Did I understand you to say when you were here that Mrs. Martin wanted to be responsible for Bodie Anderson’s bill? If I am wrong about this just let me know. Bodie needs $30.05 [crossed out by hand and replaced with 18.05] to pay her
through the year.

Yours sincerely,
[unsigned]

Mr. D.D. Martin,
Ft. Sumter Hotel,
Charleston, S.C.

AM/B


1930-03-05
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050697 – typewritten original

[letterhead] THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON

March 5, 1930.

Gentlemen:

Your telegram of March fifth has been received.

The President feels that our delegation in London is making every possible effort to accomplish the objectives of the American people, and that they are in the midst of
difficult negotiations in which they must be supported.

Sincerely yours,

[signed] Lawrence Richey
LAWRENCE RICHEY
Secretary to the President.

Pine Mountain Settlement School,
Pine Mountain, Kentucky.


1930-03-07
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050698- typewritten original

March 7, 1930

Miss Angela Melville
Pine Mountain Settlement School, Inc.
Pine Mountain, Ky.

Dear Miss Melville:
In Mr. Martin’s letter of March 5th he asks me to inform you that on March 4th he wired a night letter to the President, on receipt at Norfolk of your letter of 2/28. The wire is as follows:

On this first anniversary of your first term as President of our nation will you permit us as a school training the next generation respectfully to urge that Disarmament for the future peace of the world be the foremost consideration of our delegation to the Naval Conference.

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Pine Mountain, Kentucky

I am enclosing a letter from Mr. Donald E. Cole of Polk, Pa. Mr. Martin would like you to answer it as he has had no notice of acceptance by Mr. Hadley of contract.

Herewith Mrs. Martin’s check, $13.05 for Bodie Anderson. [handwritten notation: “entered”]

Mr. Martin’s present address is:
Hotel Chamberlin-Vanderbilt
Fortress Monroe, Va.

Very truly yours,
[signed] Vera C. Skinner
Secy. to D.D. Martin


 1930-04-09
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050699 – typewritten carbon copy

April 9, 1930.

My dear Mr. Martin:
At last we have a list of twenty-seven trees on our grounds for which I am asking you for name bands. I believe the proper method is to put the Latin name first in large type and underneath in parenthes[e]s in smaller type the popular name. Do you think you could possibly get them here by the end of this month at latest so that the Botany class could tag the trees before May Day which comes on the 3rd day of May this year? I thought that day the Botany Class could invite any one they wanted to among the school group or the neighbors to go around with them and visit the trees that were marked.

My feeling is that if each year the Botany Class marks twenty trees and we get all the species on the campus marked, it would be a wonderful piece of work and most educative for those to come after.

Thanking you so much for again doing something lovely for Pine Mountain, I am

Sincerely yours,
[unsigned]

Mr. D. D. Martin,
Marine Trust Bldg.,
Buffalo, N.Y.

[?]/B

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April 2, 1930.

My dear Mrs. [Mary Rockwell] Hook:
You have not forgotten the fountain, have you, and the part you were going to play in the reconstruction or the change that you and Mr. Martin suggested. Miss [Margaret] Motter, the principal of our school, and some of the other teachers have been so anxious to have this change made, and every time they speak to me about it, I have to tell them of you and your interest and that you were going to tell me just how to do it. Miss Motter suggests that all the top be taken off down to the tablet and then with much planting that it may be all right. Some of the things we have planted are growing very nicely. Will you tell us just what you would like to have done about it and then Miss Motter or Mr. [Hubert] Hadley will have it done after I am gone.

I am so glad you think of coming this spring. Open House was looking lovely this morning when I went up there to take the Hadleys who are to spend a fortnight there. You know how Miss [Ruth B.] Gaines‘ finishing touches adds to anything and they were all there all over the place. Be sure and get here in time for the Pageant and May Day.

Yours sincerely,
[unsigned]

Mrs. Ingram Hook,
5012 Summit St.,
Kansas City, Mo.
KP/B


1930-04-21
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050700 – typewritten carbon copy

April 21, 1930

My dear Mr. Martin:
I have taken up with Miss Pettit the suggested changes which you make in The announcement of Mr. Hadley’s appointment to the school. We both think that your suggestion in the second paragraph is good, but Miss Pettit does not wish any
change made in the statement made about her own work here. I agree with her in this decision. Thank you for being so reasonable about accepting our suggestions.

I got your lovely long letter last night and someday I am going to answer it. Just now we are terribly busy. I do, however, wi[s]h to thank you for the trouble you are taking to send the markers for the trees. It will be quite a nice arbor day celebration to have the science class mark these trees. I am passing your letter on to Mr. Argetsinger for the benefit of his Latin! Do forgive me for not giving you more time. I did ask for the names weeks before you got them, but it was difficult to dig them out as everyone is really very busy. If we do not get them in time this year don’t worry about it. They can always be put on. The next time you come you must make a tour of inspection and see them.

Always sincerely yours,
[unsigned]

Mr. Darwin D. Martin
Marine Trust Building
[handwritten] Buffalo, N.Y.
[handwritten] AM:BC


1930-04-26
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050701 – typewritten carbon copy

[page 1 of 2]

April 26, 1930

My dear Mr. Martin:
I return herein the letter which Mr. Cooke wrote you. I have looked him up and find that he gave $50.00 in 1916 through Mr. Barcale. Do you think we ought to take him off? I find that Mrs. Cooke is on the list and she gave $25.00 in 1928, so that apparently she is interested and we could keep her on. I think it was very nice, however, of Mr. Cooke to trouble to write you to explain why he has never given since his first gift.

You will be glad to know that the Diesel foundations are in and Mr. Whitaker says they will last twenty thousand years. Of course, I am not really interested after the first one thousand! Then as soon as they are hard enough, in about a fortnight, we shall put the engine and generator on and have the engineer come over from Benham to hook us up. Mr. Hadley thinks we need a new set of batteries, and I am today writing to the Fairbanks, Morse people about this. Mr. Whitaker recommends Edison batteries. Mr. Hadley felt the old batteries were so far gone they would not last any time. They will be splendid for a physics class in the years to come and so will the old Delco. The better of the Delco engines we will keep set up for emergencies. I am not worried about getting the building done. I shall put a temporary shelter over the engine and the building can go up in the summer. We shall, however, put in the cement floor.

After about ten days of almost summer weather and a most perfect Easter day it is quite cold again (dogwood winter) with heavy frosts at night. We greatly fear all the fruit is gone and the blossoms look very sad today. I shan’t say one word if it gets to be ninety degrees today.

Returns from the Letter are extraordinarily slow, but I am not despairing. I think we shall average up pretty well in the long run.

No, I haven’t forgotten the reservoir. Bill Creech is the only stone mason in view as the Pole did not turn up. Apparently he was afraid of the mountain. Bill Creech has promised me to come later and we will empty the reservoir and clean it out and fill the small holes if it ever rains, but we dare not empty it now. We have had no rain for three weeks and the dust is thick.

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[page 2 of 2]

I have had the best time this week — even if I realize my age in my back — going with Columbus Creech surveying the mountain about the mineral rights we are getting, and yesterday going to the Wilder farm to see what he is getting off that. It is all done now but the drawing up of the deed and the making of the map.

Do you know anything about Miss Janet Danforth? The envelope enclosed shows that her letter came back to us. If you have another address we shall send her Letter on to her.

Yours Sincerely yours,
[unsigned]

Mr. Darwin D. Martin
Marine Trust Building
Buffalo, New York

AM:RC


1930-04-26
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050703 – typewritten original

[letterhead] DARWIN D. MARTIN
MARINE TRUST BUILDING
BUFFALO, N.Y.

April 26, 1930

Miss Angela Melville
Pine Mountain Settlement School, Inc.
Pine Mountain, Ky.

Dear Miss Melville:
In this mail we send tags for the trees. They are of copper and so are weatherproof. They are not my choice, but the best I could do on so short notice. If the school doesn’t like them I will undertake to replace them when I find the ideal name plates.

Very truly yours,
[signed] Darwin D. Martin


1930-05-03
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050704 – typewritten original

[letterhead] DARWIN D. MARTIN
MARINE TRUST BUILDING
BUFFALO, N.Y.

May 3, 1930

Miss Angela Melville
Pine Mountain Settlement School
Pine Mountain, Ky.

Dear Miss Melville:
Here is a list of well disposed northern people, southern-colored-school-minded. Quite likely you have some of the names on your mailing list. I suggest sending to the new names your April letter.

Very truly yours,
[signed] Darwin D. Martin


TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050686

[letterhead] FARM LOANS

MANAGER
THE CATHCART-HOLTON FARMS

C.A. HOLTON
125 EAST FIRST STREET
LONDON, OHIO

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT 
May 4, 1930.

Miss Katherine Pettit,
Pine Mountain,
Kentucky.

Dear Miss Pettit:
A letter from Mr. Martin says he thinks a monthly report from Mr. Hadley would be highly proper for at least all Trustees. For the Advisory Board too if the Trustees think so. Personally, I think it may just as well be limited to the Trustees. I asked him whether he would be willing to have such a report sent out from his office, and, as he does not reply to that question, I think it should be taken care of at the school office.

I told him I had written Mary Hook at least three times during the last two years about the fountain. I think she wants something to be done about it, but does not want the responsibility of doing it. I told Mr. Martin I was willing to assume the authority, – was he? – of directing you and Miss Melville to make whatever changes in the fountain you saw fit. To that, he says, “Frank Lloyd Wright will pass through Buffalo very soon, en route to or from Princeton University, where he will deliver a course of lectures on Art, Archaeology and Architecture. This should qualify him to design a fountain. I will ask him to do so and believe he will though his muse does not respon[d] “off the bat.'” Today I am writing him that I feel it is not necessary to go to the bother and expense of asking Mr. Wright to design a fountain, as the one we have can easily be changed sufficiently so as not to be objectionable, by removing the stones which horribly resemble a countenance and substituting others which will simply allow the passage of the water; that you are eager to have the work done before you leave, as Mr. Hadley will be busy with many things and may not get around to such a detail as this for months. I shall ask Mr. Martin to write you directly. This business of relaying questions and answers through me is a cumbersome method which requires much time. It is not always possible for me to write the letters immediately, much as I should like to.

How long do you plan to be at Pine Mountain, Miss Pettit? Mr. Hadley still plans to come June first, does he? I hope you can stay long enough to help him get settled.

We are all quite well. I have been very busy house cleaning and shall finish this week. Last night I lifted my mind from the hum drum of too much domesticity by going to Springfield to hear the Westminster Choir, an organization of forty-five men and women who sing A Capella and without notes; their programs are always sacred and very classical, going back to Palestrina, who was practically the father of modern church music, living in the sixteenth century. Such music as that group does make! It is like a human organ upon which the director plays at will.

Don’t you like Miss Robert’s “The Great Meadow”?

Hoping that things are going well for you, I am,

Sincerely yours,
[signed] Celia C. [Cathcart] Holton


TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050684

[letterhead] DARWIN D. MARTIN
MARINE TRUST BUILDING
BUFFALO, N.Y.

May 6, 1930

Miss Katherine Pettit
Pine Mountain Settlement School, Inc.
Pine Mountain, Ky.

Dear Miss Pettit:
In a letter from Mrs. Holton [Celia Cathcart Holton] dated May 4th, she impresses upon me the propriety of changing the William Creech Memorial Fountain while you are still at Pine Mountain. I had not thought of the matter in that light. I had told her I would ask Frank Lloyd Wright to design the fountain but Mrs. Holton thinks the expense would be considerable. It is not my idea, I think it would not be Mr. Wright’s, to do anything
elaborate or too dressy. We would, however, have the benefit of Mr. Wright’s artistry in lines.

To be sure the present offensive features of the fountain can be eliminated by any stone mason, removing some stones, and if necessary, putting in some others to merely make the fountain commonplace. I would approve doing this which will remove all cause for urgency, and when we get a design that the Board all approve, the further work can be done at a more convenient season.

Very truly yours,
[signed] Darwin D. Martin

Copies to: Mrs. C.A. Holton
Frank Lloyd Wright


TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050687 [duplicate of P1050684]


TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050688

May 10, 1930

My dear Mr. Martin:
Thank you for your letter. I do not feel that it is necessary for me to do anything about the fountain before I go. I can just leave it to Miss Motter and Mr. Hadley. Miss Motter is very much interested in getting it fixed and all that is necessary is to move the top part, and cover it with vines.

Faithfully yours,
[unsigned; Katherine Pettit]

Mr. Darwin D. Martin
Marine Trust Building
Buffalo, New York
KP:RC

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DARWIN D. MARTIN
MARINE TRUST BUILDING
BUFFALO, N.Y.

May 19, 1930

Miss Katherine Pettit
Pine Mountain Settlement School, Inc.
Pine Mountain, Ky.

Dear Miss Pettit:
Frank Lloyd Wright spent Sunday with me. Will you send me the ground dimensions occupied by the William Creech Memorial Foundation as a guide to what can be done for a similar space? Will you send also fore and aft and right and left close-up photos of it as is and also a close-up photo of the exterior wall of the Chapel, showing the texture of that stone with a view to perhaps substituting it in the fountain?

I am sending Mr. Wright a copy of Miss Melville’s good letter on May Day to inspire him with atmosphere. As she kept no copy of it, I enclose one.

Very truly yours,
[signed] Darwin D. Martin


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[letterhead] DARWIN D. MARTIN
MARINE TRUST BUILDING
BUFFALO, N.Y.

May 26, 1930

Miss Katherine Pettit
Pine Mountain Settlement School, Inc.

Dear Miss Pettit:
Answering your post-card of May 23rd. Certainly Mr. Hadley will carry on at all points where you leave off, so it will be perfectly in order for you to refer to him my request for photos. Mr. Wright, you know, will not move fast.

I hope before many weeks you will pay the school a visit and see how things are progressing. Miss Melville, of course, will not be available, nor will Mrs. Holton for the coming year.

Very truly yours,
[signed] Darwin D. Martin


1930-09-15
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050705 – typewritten original

[letterhead] DARWIN D. MARTIN
MARINE TRUST BUILDING
BUFFALO, N.Y.

September 15, 1930

Mr. Hubert Hadley, Director
Pine Mountain Settlement School, Inc.
Pine Mountain, Kentucky

Dear Mr. Hadley:
Miss Hench sends me an undated newspaper clipping from a New York newspaper (not named in the clipping) giving the details of the Will of Mrs. Emma Baker Kennedy of 400 Park Avenue, New York, who died July 23, 1930, in her 97th year. Among the many bequests in the will is $5,000 to Pine Mountain Settlement School.

As a matter of record I state here that the counsel for the executors is the law firm of Rushmore, Bisbee and Stern, 20 Pine Street, New York City. The will was executed November 25, 1924, with three codicils. The executors are Stephen Baker and F. Leonard Kellogg. You will need to delete Mrs. Kennedy’s name from your mailing list.

I wonder if it’s wise to report bequests in Pine Mountain Notes? It cuts both ways. It may inspire bequests and it may convey the impression that the school is being sufficiently provided for by others. I think I would refer the question at the next meeting of the Board; meanwhile holding such announcements to abeyance.

Very truly yours,
[signed] D. D. Martin

Copy to: Miss Hench.


1930-11-03
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050706 – typewritten original

[letterhead] DARWIN D. MARTIN
MARINE TRUST BUILDING
BUFFALO, N.Y.

November 3, 1930

Mr. Hubert Hadley, Director
Pine Mountain Settlement School, Inc.
Pine Mountain, Ky.

Dear Mr. Hadley:
If you haven’t yet located the trouble with the reservoir I suggest that you ask the State Engineer’s office to promptly send you a man to reconnoiter. I hope, however, that you have called in Henry Creech and Columbus and the mountain wits have solved the dilemma.

I pray that it will not be necessary to temporarily disband the school. By the way, how many children have gone home in this school year? If several I would like the report by weeks.

Very truly yours,
[signed] Darwin D. Martin


1930-10-15
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050691 – typewritten carbon copy

[letterhead] HUBERT HADLEY, DIRECTOR
PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL, INC.
PINE MOUNTAIN, HARLAN COUNTY
KENTUCKY

PRESIDENT OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES
DARWIN W. MARTIN
MARINE TRUST BLDG., BUFFALO, N.Y.

TREASURER
C.N. MANNING
SECURITY TRUST CO., LEXINGTON, KY

Mr. D. D. Martin
Marine Trust Bldg
Buffalo, N.Y.

10/15/30

Dear Mr. Martin:
I believe it was never officially decided that I was to sign papers for the school. I am sending you some papers which should be signed and forwarded to the De Forest Brothers.

Please return to us their letter of Oct. 1st.

Sincerely,
[unsigned]
Hadley


1930-12-22
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[letterhead] DARWIN D. MARTIN
MARINE TRUST BUILDING
BUFFALO, N.Y.

December 22, 1930

Mr. H. H. Hadley, Director
Pine Mountain Settlement School, Inc.
Pine Mountain, Ky.

Dear Mr. Hadley,
Has the school office on file the deeds to the lands at Medical Center, Big Laurel and to Line Fork? I do not want them sent me but want to locate them definitely. Miss Pettit thinks they are in the office but that perhaps Miss Wells will know best, so I am sending her a copy of this letter.

How much, from what date, are the Stapletons contributing to the support of Line Fork to the school office?

Have you read in October 1927 Mountain Life & Work, “Pupils Who Drop Out” by Dr. Warren H. Wilson? [handwritten notation: “No”]

Can you give me the average period of time through which Pine Mt. holds its pupils?

Very truly yours,
[signed] D. D. Martin

Copy to Miss Wells.


1930-12-31
TRANSCRIPTION: image # P1050693 – typewritten original

[letterhead] DARWIN D. MARTIN
MARINE TRUST BUILDING
BUFFALO, N.Y.

December 31, 1930

Mr. H.H. Hadley, Director
Pine Mountain Settlement school, Inc.
Pine Mountain, Ky.

Dear Mr. Hadley:
Word has come to me that of the December salaries, two-thirds were paid by your office by checks without accompanying explanation. Will you kindly send me a copy of the explanation which you no doubt intend to make stating when the remainder
will be paid?

Thank you for copy received today from your office of deed to the Line Fork Settlement. Believe it or not, your envelope is postmarked December 30th, 6 a.m. and was received in my office December 31st, 2:30 p.m.

I assume that you have not the deed to the Medical Settlement. [Big Laurel ? or Line Fork ?] [Handwritten arrow indicates this sentence should be moved to the end of the letter, before the last sentence.]

I observe in the deed the clause of which we were apprehensive, viz.

The above tract of land is donated to the second party for school and settlement purposes and whenever it shall cease to be used for such purposes it shall at once revert to the first party.

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the same unto the party of the second part its successors and assigns for school and settlement purposes, forever with covenants of Special Warranty of title.

Very truly yours,
[signed] Darwin D. Martin

Copy to: Mr. C.N. Manning


GALLERY: Darwin D. Martin 1930 Correspondence

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