CAROLINE HEINZ Correspondence

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography – PMSS Staff


PMSS Staff: Bookkeeper and Housemother, 1925-1927
Second wife of Luigi Zande

TAGS: Caroline Heinz Correspondence ; Caroline Heinz ; Luigi Zande; Ethel de Long Zande; Alberto Zande; Helena Zande; Pine Mountain Settlement School: Harlan County, KY; Maude Holbrook; Bessie Gaunt; Angela Melville; Al Smith; Gertrude Bell; Asheville, NC; Hingman, MA; Chicago, Il; cats;

TRANSCRIPTIONS: Caroline Heinz Correspondence 1927

1928-02-03     Ethel de Long Zande to Caroline Heinz

February 3, 1928

Dearest Caroline:

 Your last letter would give us talk forever, but I have just two things to say: that, of course, I don’t expect you to be able to do everything, always that I ask you to do; second, that we have a place for Maude [Maude Holbrook] in a suburb of Cincinnati. I believe she ought to be out of Kentucky for a while, even if it is a city.

The main purpose of this letter is to ask you if you don’t want to spend your vacation at Pine Mountain, running the office. That would be the very nicest thing that could happen and I hope your heart will leap up as Wordsworth’s did at the rainbow, when you read this invitation! If you are inclined to this proposition at all, let us know right off when your vacation is going to come, and how long you could stay, and what salary you could come for.

We will have special stilts for you to use for all high shelves. You have us on the hip as far as making demands of the school, you see. Now that we know you we will do anything to get you back. Em has asked if I would let you bring your cats in case you come. I am hoping this idea won’t occur to you!

Pringle’s Life of Al Smith, a Critical Study, is the book I want. And I have to send back to you the Cather book. Dr. Withington had two copies.

With much love,

Miss Caroline Heinz
653 North Central Ave.
Chicago, Ill.

Far House is equipped with a piano now, specially for you and the inducement.

1928-02-06     Ethel de Long Zande to Caroline Heinz

February 6, 1928

My dear Miss Heinz:

A mid-winter lull in the office gave us a chance recently to make an analysis of our annual subscribers, which we have been too busy to do for three years. It presents the shocking fact that since the last count in 1921 we have lost 153 subscribers whose gifts amounted to $375.00 yearly.

We are going to devote February to a whirlwind campaign to get new subscribers so we may at least get back to where we were. Will you help us? Even if you bring one five dollar subscription to the fold, it will be a great help. I am enclosing 5 subscription cards and a little recent literature, so you may be equipped to help us out, if you will.

It should be said that we rarely lose a subscriber through lack of interest. Most of them have been taken away from us by death or disaster!

Sincerely yours,

Miss Caroline Heinz
653 North Central Ave.
Chicago, Ill.

1928-11-02     Angela Melville to Caroline Heinz

November 2, 1928

My Dear Miss Heinz:

Unfortunately, we are looking for a secretary as soon as we can get her. Miss Caldwell has been advised by our doctor not to spend the winter here. Can you help us by trying to interest the right kind of candidate for this position? I would be willing anyone you would recommend without seeing her. However, if it takes more time than that to find the jewel for whom we are looking, perhaps you could get any possible candidates lined up for me so that I can interview them when I am in Chicago. Please feel sure of my gratitude for anything you can do. You know what an important position this is and how much I must rely upon my secretary. I know you will do everything you can for me. I should like somebody who would want to stay with me for some years if possible and who would be interested in working out her job here and making it her own. As you know, we give a month’s vacation and the maximum salary is $75.00 a month for an experienced person. It cannot be any more so that it is not worthwhile trying to interest people who must have more.

The mountain is simply gorgeous. I sure hope whoever it is can come before the bad weather starts in, although that is still a long way off.

Gratefully yours,

Miss Caroline Heinz
653 North Central Ave.
Chicago, Ill.

1929-08-27     Letter from Caroline Heinz to Angela Melville, Interim Director

August 27, 1929

Dear Miss Melville,

Knowing past struggles of Pine Mountain to secure bookkeepers I’m unusually sorry to know that’s what you have to cope with now. I’ll do what I can, though I haven’t an idea in the world. Perhaps the agencies can help. What about Emily Jones — didn’t somebody tell me that she would consider going back to Pine Mountain if you needed a bookkeeper? But of course you have gone through all that and settled it. Maybe the other Pine Mountain people here will have an inspiration — Rachel Davis or Bess Gaunt. I’ll put them on the trail too.

It seems strange to think of school being in full force. The summer is still with us here. I hope you will have an awfully good year and that too many of the sweet little boys will not get homesick and run off. But perhaps you don’t have any sweet little boys any more.

Sincerely yours,

Caroline Heinz

166 N. Latrobe

1929-09-02     Letter from Angela Melville to Caroline Heinz

September 2, 1929

My dear Miss Heinz:

Thank you so much for your ready response to my plea for help. I am glad to say that we have secured a bookkeeper from Louisville, Miss Conn, who I hope will be happy here. I am most thankful to you for your efforts, however.

Yes, indeed we have sweet little boys here now, I wish you could see Augustus Shoemaker and his limpid eyes. To be sure, he is over fourteen and in the seventh grade but he really is a little boy.

We are having terribly dry weather and are worried about our water supply. Other than that, all goes well at Pine Mountain.

Sincerely yours,

Miss Caroline Heinz
653 No. Central Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

1929-09-11     Letter from Angela Melville to Caroline Heinz

September 11, 1929

My dear Miss Heinz:

Thank you very much for the annual subscription which comes in today’s mail. Gifts from old workers always mean much to us in friendship as well as financial help. It is one of the misty mornings which you probably remember well and how thankful we are for it. We have had a month of drought and tub baths are still out of order. I am reading Gertrude Bell’s Letters and feel much sympathy with the temperature of a hundred and thirteen she describes.

Here are two stories you will enjoy.

A.M. to Glessie, “Glessie, is your hair really curly?” Glessie — “No, I have a permanent.”

William who has just arrived at the office on his way home (as he thinks):

“I just have to go, my head’s a-risen’ on me.”

Johnnie, who has come down with him, “It’s risin’ on both sides of him.”

You will be glad to know that a hot water bottle and a sympathetic housemother have so far succeeded in keeping William on this side of the mountain.

Sincerely yours,

Miss Caroline Heinz
166 North Latrobe Avenue
Chicago, Illinois


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