EDITH COLD CORRESPONDENCE IV, 1959-1963

Pine Mountain Settlement SchoolHEN
Series 09: Staff/Personnel

EDITH COLD CORRESPONDENCE IV, 1959-1963


TAGS: Edith Cold Correspondence IV, 1959-1963 ; Burton Rogers ; Mary Rogers ; consolidated schools at PMSS ; PMSS activities ; PMSS workers ;


CONTENTS: Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Edith Cold Correspondence IV ; Bertha Cold ; Ben Lomond, CA ; Santa Cruz, CA ; Dr. Emma Tucker ; Burton Rogers ; donations from Edith Cold ; Mary Rogers ; relocating library, weaving room, guest quarters ; consolidated elementary and junior high school at PMSS ; Rogers’ family travels in the West ; new library location ; Grace Rood’s visit ; Mr. and Mrs. Deaton’s visit ; Milly Mahoney ; Burton Rogers’ back trouble ; Henry Creech’s death ; Peter and Christopher Rogers ; swimming pool ; Mary Roger’s ear surgery ; Mary Roger’s visit to England ; PMSS activities ; Mary Roger’s sketches ; PMSS calendars ; Harriet Turner ; Mrs. Adelaide Northam ; PMSS flooding ;


GALLERY: Edith Cold Correspondence IV, 1959-1963
1959 CORRESPONDENCE


TRANSCRIPTION: Edith Cold Correspondence IV, 1959-1963
1959 CORRESPONDENCE

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I must tell you that we had a particular pleasure passing through Washington at Christmas time to make a twenty minute call on Dr. Emma Tucker at her sons and to find her remarkably well and as alert as ever to all of her many interests; especially her large circle of friends.
Very sincerely,
[unsigned]
Burton Rogers, Director
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Enclosure

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Box 425
Ben Lomond, Calif
June 22, ’59

Dear Mr. Rogers:
Because of thankfulness after reading and re-reading your letter dated May 19, I am enclosing a small gift. You are doubtless on vacation and thus the canceled check will be sufficient acknowledgment.

Long overdue is my special thanks to Mary Rogers for the charming card, used now as a bookmark, produced by her hand and bearing the words, Let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our Salvation.

On the reverse of the card I was delighted to read, “Our year in brief” and Mary’s kind remarks about the Nativity Play as then produced. Cordial greetings to you all.
Edith Cold

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June 27, 1959

Miss Edith Cold
Box 425
Ben Lomond, California

Dear Miss Cold:
The Rogers family is on vacation, as you surmised, but I know that Burton would want me to thank you for your very generous gift of $5.00, and to tell you a bit about development which have “sprung” since the newsletter was written.

The County school system has asked us to prepare for two new classroom units for the fall. The best and least expensive plan seemed to be to move the libraries from Burkham School to the first floor of Boys’ House, the weaving room from Boys’ House to Laurel House, the guest quarters (eventually) to West Wind, and to put the added classrooms in the former library quarters. It is going to be a beneficial move all the way round, once it is accomplished, but it means a lot of work and activity now, during our supposedly quiet time. Our kitchen, too, is to be re-arranged with more adequate dishwashing and refrigerating facilities. The prospect of the largest-ever enrollment next fall means that more hot lunches will be served.

We are especially pleased to be making these changes, for they are directly related to the larger service which we hope to give in the coming school year to more of the children of this valley.

We send our best wishes for all your endeavors, along with thanks for what you have done for Pine Mountain, and the hope that you are enjoying a good summer.
Sincerely yours,
[unsigned]
Burton Rogers, Director [This name was added by mistake. Burton’s letter of September 17, 1959, indicates that the actual author of this letter was “Miss Mahoney.”]

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September 17, 1959

Miss Edith Cold
Box 425
Ben Lomond, California

Dear Miss Cold:
This is a very late date to be acknowledging your very kind note of June 22, which we did not know about when we called on you early in July. We were delighted, upon our return later in the month, to find this note, and to learn of your very generous contribution to the work of Pine Mountain. I only regret that our departure three days before you wrote meant that we were ignorant of your donation at the time of our call. I would like to thank you in person.

It means much to us that you want to continue to have such a real part in the Pine Mountain effort. I feel that our contributors generally do not realize that their part is just as important and essential as the part of those who happen to be privileged to be at Pine Mountain at any given time on the staff.

You will never know the joy we had in finding you at home, and seeing you in your present surroundings, which are so delightfully appropriate for you. We were thrilled with your mountains and your forests, and the little clearing in which you live so peacefully. It has done us much good to have made this visit and to carry away these beautiful pictures in memory. Even the lemon tree figures prominently in our happy recollections.

From your area we headed north from Muir Woods, following the seacoast on California’s Route 1, a very winding road through quite solitary country which we had not imagined could be so exceedingly beautiful as it turned out to be, sea and rocks and hills and beautiful flowers. We camped one night in the redwoods, and then went on into Oregon to camp at Crater Lake. From there we decided to go on Northward instead of Eastward, so that we could have more interesting scenery and include Glacier National Park for a day and a night. We stopped in Kalispell, Montana, before entering the park, and telephoned to the LaRue boys’ homes, only to find that Bob had moved to Alaska with his family, and that Gerald was out of town. The national park was glorious, and we hurried on to Yellowstone, travelling through the very valley and canyon which a few weeks later was so badly shaken by the earthquake. We had two wonderful days in Yellowstone, and then pushed on…

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…down to the Rocky Mountain National Park, and then Eastward across the flat country. We spent one night with Miss Harriet Turner, who was then at home on vacation on her farm near Quincy, Illinois.

Back at Pine Mountain, we had two young peoples’ conferences in August, and then a very early opening of school on August 24. We are already in the fourth week of the new school year, which is the eleventh year of a consolidated elementary and junior high school. We have nearly 270 enrolled, two new rooms and two teachers added. It was a great scramble to get the libraries moved out and established in the first floor of Boys’ House, which is now all library accommodation. The high school library is in the former boys’ playroom, and the elementary library is in the other end, where we took out all the partitions and made only a large room. We are keeping the two living rooms in the center as special reading rooms, which are a great asset. You really must come East again, and stay with us, and see if you don’t think this new library set-up is thrilling. Mary worked on it night and day, and had it ready to open three weeks ago.

I hope that your sister [Bertha Cold] is back to keep you company, and that you are both in very good health. You cannot know how thrilled we are to have seen you, and how much this contributed to the wonderful vacation we had.

With warmest greetings, and thanks for all your goodness to us, I am,
Most cordially yours,
[unsigned]
Burton Rogers, Director

P.S. Miss [Grace] Rood has just been here for an overnight visit, from Frenchburg in Northeastern Kentucky, where she is now working. She seems quite well, and it is very good to see her.

We were delighted to have a visit last month from Jack [John H.] Deaton and his wife, Fay[e] Trail, and a very bright youngster of theirs, whose name I don’t now recall. They looked very well, and very wonderfully matured. They were much interested to know the news of you which we could share with them.

Miss [Milly] Mahoney has just noticed that when she wrote in June to acknowledge your donation, she wrote in her own name, telling of our having left, but then at the end, she ended with my signature. She fears this may have confused you, and offers apologies.


GALLERY: Edith Cold Correspondence IV, 1959-1963
1960-1963 CORRESPONDENCE

TRANSCRIPTION: Edith Cold Correspondence IV, 1959-1963
1960-1963 CORRESPONDENCE 

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Box 425
Ben Lomond, Calif.
January 7, 1960

Dear Mary Rogers,
Before I left Ben Lomond for a few weeks’ sojourn in San Diego, I received your holiday letter and read it with such pleasure.

Of course the sketches from your hand always give delight. I had ordered some cards with envelopes of Dorothy [Nace] Tharpe and I so enjoy using them because of the “spring pretties” decorating them.

Also I have the new calendar showing the two little children walking to school over Limestone Creek bridge. It fits my hand-bag where it is handy for consultation. The enclosed check is to aid in the calendar’s publication.

The visit of the Rogers family remains warm in the memory.
Cordial greetings,
Edith Cold

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January 29, 1960

Miss Edith Cold
Box 425
Ben Lomond, California

Dear Miss Cold:
How very lovely of you to share with us so generously at this season, through your very thoughtful gift.

There is no need to tell such good friends and former associates as you how important to us every gift is, but I can and want to assure you that no gift means more than yours does. Your continued interest and desire to share in this work are very important to us.

As I recently reported to President Hutchins, and now to others, I am happy to say that we are increasingly sure that this present school program is definitely influencing the young people of this community, giving our boys and girls much wider horizons, broader interests, and higher aims and ideals. Every indication of this is gratifying, and encouraging to us, as we know it will also be to you.

Our visit with you in Ben Lomond remains an outstanding happy memory of our vacation trip West. Your surroundings were so incredibly beautiful, far beyond what I had ever imagined. Our good fortune in finding you home is one of the experiences we shall never forget, or cease to be thankful for. It seems much to be able to picture you now in that lovely setting, and to have had a glimpse of the camp below where such important opportunities are now available to many, through the generosity of your family.

We continued North along that amazing coastline of Northern California, and through the northern redwoods, to Crater Lake, in Oregon. Then we decided to avoid the desert and continue northward to Glacier National park, even though it was much further. We had hoped to see the LaRue boys at Kalispell, but Jerry was out of town, and Bob and family had moved to Alaska. We had two wonderful days in Yellowstone, then came…

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…on through the Rocky Mountain National Park before heading East. We stopped one night with Harriet Turner on her farm in Illinois. It did not seem possible that we could see so much and renew so many friendships in those five weeks during which we covered more than 9000 miles.

We made a very hasty trip to Connecticut to be with my people there for a few days at Christmas, and I have not yet caught up with the correspondence on my desk. I hope you will forgive the delay in my reply to your very kind and welcome gift, and accept our hearty appreciation and our warmest greetings and good wishes for the whole new year ahead. We would remind you that it is now your turn to come to see us at Pine Mt. We hope that you will.
Most cordially,
[unsigned]
Burton Rogers, Director

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December 14, 1960

Miss Edith Cold
Box 425
Ben Lomond, California

Dear Miss Cold:
Thank you for your gift of $1.00. We are glad that you liked the calendar.

Burton Rogers has asked me to write you this acknowledgment, since he has been having a great deal of difficulty with his back, requiring some hospital tests and treatment. He is keeping a hand on things here, but is not able to spend full time in the office, so I am trying to make some replies which he doesn’t want to delay. He saw your gift, with a great deal of pleasure, and asked me to tell you so.

We are bustling with the pre-holiday rush. It seems impossible that the time could have come so quickly, but the school vacation will begin Friday, December 16. Our Nativity Play, which we think is the loveliest part of our school year, was given last Sunday. These busy days are some which we cherish from year to year.

I wonder if you know of the death of Mr. Henry Creech, on December 2. He had suffered a stroke last spring, from which he eventually made quite a good recovery. He had another stroke about 15 days before his death, and wasn’t conscious after that time. Delia is remaining at their home for the time being, and meeting the difficult situation with great courage.

We hope that all is well with you, and that you will have a good holiday season and new year. Thank you again for helping to make this so for Pine Mountain.
Sincerely yours,
[unsigned]
Mildred Mahoney
Secretary
Enclosure

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Box 425
Ben Lomond, California
Dec. 21, ’60

Dear friends,
Yesterday I received the letter from Mildred Mahoney in which she told of the painful condition in your back, Mr. Rogers. It grieves me that such as happened and I would that the steps taken to relieve it be wholly effective. There is the longing that one might aid in the situation.

The exquisite card of greeting also came and I am thankful for it. Of course I know whose hand achieved it.

I think of Christopher [Rogers] as having his vacation with you. So pleasant for Peter [Rogers].

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Miss Mahoney also told of Henry Creech’s death. How the roadsides, their cabins, and the meadows and hills will miss him!

I have just written a note to Delia [Creech].
Cordially yours,
Edith Cold


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June 12, ’61

Dear Mr. Rogers:
Thank you for the copy of your May 20 letter.

All of it gave pleasure and leaves a feeling of good cheer.
Sincerely,
Edith Cold

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June 19, 1961

Miss Edith Cold
Box 425
Ben Lomond, California

Dear Miss Cold:
The Rogers family is on vacation, and I want to thank you without delay for the generous gift of $10.00, and for your kind note.

We have been very pleased with the activities of the past school year, and with the exceptionally fine spirit in which staff and students cooperated to carry them out. Now the summer program is getting started. The Boy Scouts have cleaned the swimming pool, and will paint it this week. We look forward to an interesting season, at the same time routine preparations are being carried out for next year.

It has not been a good year for the Rogers from the standpoint of health, and we are all hoping that their vacations will help to solve the problems. Mary had ear surgery in April and has some improvement in hearing, but not as much as we had hoped. Burton has had increasingly painful and limiting back trouble. They started their vacation at the beginning of June, by picking up Christopher at Berea and driving him to Chicago for a summer job. Then the rest of the family drove East. Mary is flying to England to see her sister for the first time in five years, and Burton and Peter will visit his family in Connecticut, while Burton seeks some medical help in that area.

I hope that you will have a very good summer, with a little extra happiness for having helped Pine Mountain once more in such a vital way.
Sincerely,
[unsigned]
Milly Mahoney
Secretary
Enclosure

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September 8, 1961

Miss Edith Cold
Box 425
Ben Lomond, California

Dear Miss Cold:
We have just recently returned to Pine Mountain after an absence lasting most of the summer. Mary went to England for her first visit home in five years, while I spent the entire time under medical observation and in hospital, ending up with surgery. It is still not possible to tell whether this has been successful in correcting the back trouble I have been having for quite some time. However, it is good to be back here, even if under continued limitations.

I have been delighted to find a record of your splendid contribution in the middle of June. Nothing could have been more timely and helpful than this exceedingly generous gift of yours, with which to end up a fiscal year during which we had unexpected need, owing largely to unexpected opportunities for service. It was one of our most encouraging and exciting years, and we had to go ahead on faith that help would come. We thank you with all our hearts for such a very large part in justifying this faith.

Mary had her best home visit ever. It was possible for her to get about and see more old friends, including a college reunion at Oxford. She went by economy jet, and for the first time had no pain in her ears. Her hearing was somewhat improved by surgery which she had done in New York in April, on one ear. Now we look forward to an operation next year on the other ear, hoping that will bring still more positive improvement.

As soon as Mary had gone I went to a medical friend in Massachusetts, who kept me for awhile under his personal observation, and eventually sent me to the Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York. There it was finally decided to try surgery to remove a growth on the bone, and to fuse the sacro-iliac joint, in the hope that this might relieve my almost constant pain. it is taking a long time to get over the effects of the surgery, and I cannot yet be sure of the results.

Our Christopher worked the entire summer in Winnetka, Illinois, on the grounds of a lake shore home. He was let off for two weeks for the workshop of the Country Dance Society of America on Cape Cod. He just arrived here yesterday from Chicago, for a few days visit before returning early next…

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…week to his senior year at Berea College. Peter is now a freshman in high school here at Pine Mountain, and will be 14 in November, while Christopher will be twenty in January.

It was a very good summer for Pine Mountain, with our able and loyal staff members carrying on a full program in summer recreation for community youth, and one big conference from a visiting church group.

We recall often and with continued great joy our wonderful good fortune in finding you at home two summers ago. That visit meant a great deal to us. We think it is time you came East again, and inspected the birds and other features of Pine Mountain. We would dearly love to see you.

Our special greetings and good wishes, and gratitude,
Sincerely,
[unsigned]
Burton Rogers
Director


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Dear Mr. Rogers:
Your Pine Mountain general letter came recently and I am so pleased to be included in the number of those who received it. I shall send it to sister Bertha who was at one time employed at Pine Mountain.

How encouraging your report is! You and the staff have well cultivated your garden of children and young people. I note the plodding and the routine it took to bring about the satisfaction to all.

The “community” is truly pulsating with new life. I kept smiling as I read. I would like to stop for a rest at the roadside picnic place and also to have a taste of the beech bark syrup.

I am naturally most pleased, also, that there is a renewed interest in weaving and in the production of the natural dyes.

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Please, when you extend my greetings to Mary Rogers, add that I am charmed with her delightful sketch of the children in the library. I have the strong desire to be in their midst.

I have been too long in acknowledging your letter to me sent in September. It was good to read of the visit in England. Also, that the hearing was improved. May the further corrective surgery bring about satisfactory results.

We, formerly of Pine Mountain, have a deep concern for your physical welfare. You were back at Pine Mountain when you wrote after the severe surgery and were doubtless hardly able to continue duties there. You did not mention your own condition in the general letter but I would you could report improvement.

Of course I enjoyed reading about Christopher and Peter.
Sincerely,
Edith Cold

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[Attached gift card] Enclosed is my gift of $10 for PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL, Pine Mountain, Kentucky.
Name Edith Cold
Address P.O. Box 425
Ben Lomond, Calif

August 9, 1962

Miss Edith Cold
Box 425
Ben Lomond, California

Dear Miss Cold:
Your very heartwarming letter of June 9 arrived here just after we had left for a month’s vacation in Florida, but was very welcome indeed on our return. By another mail your most generous contribution to Pine Mountain had arrived, only a few days later.

You are wonderfully good to us and to Pine Mountain to share so liberally with our budget and so loyally with your interest. It is most reassuring to have such a happy response from you to our earlier report of the present program we are attempting. We are deeply grateful for our good fortune in your friendship and concern.

You inquire so specifically about my health that I should report briefly. The back trouble which began after our return from California three years ago was not improved by last year’s surgery. The latest x-rays indicate that the attempted fusion did not take place. Early this summer new developments of a rheumatic character have set in and have added to the complications. A vacation in warm Florida water seemed really helpful, while it lasted.

We look for Christopher back next week from South America, where he has been all summer with the Berea College Folk Dancers on a special goodwill tour sponsored by the State Department Cultural Affairs Program. Last week they were right in the middle of the earthquake in Colombia. Their visit to Peru has been cancelled by political developments there.

Mary is busy at the library with the new school year just two weeks away. I wish you could see the new library with the high school stack room in the former game room at Boys’ House, the living room making a wonderful reading room with all its long-term atmosphere and familiar furniture, while the west wing has been reconstructed as a most attractive elementary children’s reading room, with a story-telling corner.

We shall ever be grateful for our opportunity to see you in lovely Ben Lomond where we hope this finds you very well and happily busy. Our warmest greetings and deep appreciation, always,
Sincerely,
[unsigned]
Burton Rogers
Director


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January 28, 1963

Miss Edith Cold and Mr. Arthur Dodd
We wonder if either of you have information as to whether Mrs. Adelaide Northam is still living, and if so, where.

Do you know any conditions or understandings connected with her leaving her ancient piano at Pine Mountain?

Warm greetings to you all from a very frigid Pine Mountain, where it was 8 [degrees] below zero this morning and 15 [degrees] below last Thursday.
BR

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Till end of March at
260 High St., Santa Cruz, Calif
Feb. 20, ’63

Dear Mr. Rogers:
The letter I sent to Mrs. Adelaide Northam was returned but on the envelope there is the information that she is at the State Hospital, Camarillo, Calif. That seems to be a mental institution. It is sad to know of her being there.

I shall not write her there. She may not comprehend a letter.
Cordially yours,
Edith Cold

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February 27, 1963

Miss Edith Cold
260 High Street
Santa Cruz, California

Dear Edith Cold:
Your recent good letter was most welcome, and now I have your following note concerning Mrs. Northam, which I deeply appreciate, even as we join you in regretting the news.

This only a brief note, to thank you most warmly for your effort to trace Mrs. Northam, and to let you know how very glad we were to have your longer letter, with its reassurance of your abiding interest in Pine Mountain, your ready understanding of all our problems as well as our satisfactions. We think of you often, with gratitude, with great satisfaction that we could see you at home in California in 1959. We will be very pleased when you can come this way again.

Our warm greetings and good wishes,
Sincerely,
[unsigned]
Burton Rogers
Director
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March 17, 1964

Miss Edith Cold and Mr. Arthur Dodd
I want to share with both of you the information received today from the Camarillo State Hospital in California, to which Miss Cold had traced Mrs. Northam, and to which I then wrote asking if it would be advisable for me to address a letter to Mrs. Northam on a business question.

In reply they write that Mrs. Northam “was admitted to this hospital on October 31, 1960, and deceased on January 27, 1963.”

I greatly appreciate your help, and being in touch with you. Let me add now that we escaped major flood damage at Pine Mountain, because we widened the creek after the 1957 flood, but I fear that the newspaper accounts you have probably been reading have, in this instance, not been exaggerated.
BR


See Also:

BERTHA COLD Biography
BERTHA COLD CORRESPONDENCE

EDITH COLD Biography
EDITH COLD CORRESPONDENCE I, 1935-1939
EDITH COLD CORRESPONDENCE II, 1940-1946
EDITH COLD CORRESPONDENCE III, 1947-1958