Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 06: ADMINISTRATION
ADMIN General Correspondence External 1925 B-
TAGS: administration; general correspondence; 1928; Pine Mountain Settlement School; Harlan County, KY; donors; visitors; philanthropy; Katherine Pettit; Ethel de Long Zande; Angela Melville; Evelyn K. Wells
CORRESPONDENCE LIST BY NAME 1925 b- (001-039)
001 Lilliath Robbins Bates (Mrs. M.Searl Bates) University of Nanking, Nanking, China from Katherine Pettit. January 1. Pieces of Chinese fabric sent. Pettit
002 Miss Alice C. Butler, 36 Beacon Street, Boston, MS. from Katherine Pettit. April 16.
She likes Alice’s handwriting.
003 Lilliath Robbins Bates, (Mrs. M. Searl Bates) Hiram, Ohio, from Katherine Pettit.
May 13. She is happy that Lilliath will be coming to Pine Mountain by motor car. Pettit notes that “there is constant travel now on the Dixie Highway from Cincinnati down through Pineville and Middlesboro, so you could come as far as Pineville easily. From there on to Harlan would be rather doubtful. I will
004 Lilliath Robbins Bates, (Mrs. M. Searl Bates) Hiram, Ohio, from Katherine Pettit.
July 8. Pettit is sorry the original plan to come did not work out and hopes to see Lilliath soon. She describes the 4th of July: “We had a lovely
005 Miss Brewster and Miss Alice Butler. 36 Beacon Street, Boston, MA. From Ethel de Long Zande. July 21. Zande thanks both Brewster and Butler for their gifts that arrived on the same day. She goes on to describe the growth in Pine Mountain School. “This place grows in interest every year, although of course, it is a different sort from the Pine Mountain interests of the beginnings. We have a splendid new building for the girls’ cooking, sewing, weaving, and laundry rooms and our course of study for both boys and girls in industrial and home economic subjects is fine. All the young people appreciate this so much. Dillard Turner and Boone Callahan, who put in their fourth year in high school at Berea, got third and first prizes respectively for wood-working, to say nothing of being able to earn twice as much as most beginners get for their student labor. She brags on the PMSS flower garden “… developed on the hillside by Laurel House, and of
006 Helen Belknap (Mrs. William Belknap), Land O’ Goshen, Goshen, KY., from Katherine Pettit. August 7. Responds to Belknap’s interest in forestry work in Kentucky. She complains of storms in the Blue Grass that take down trees. Discusses Leon Deschamp’s work on the “perfect acre”. Pettit noted that when the budget did not allow more forestry work the school hired Deschamp as a teacher “and he proved to be a most successful teacher. We’ve never had one that the boys and girls were more enthusiastic about. I don’t think I ever sat down at a table while he was here that some child didn’t tell me something new that he had learned from him that day. Now that he is acquiring a family, two children, he has felt he must go somewhere where he can earn more money. W tried awfully hard to get him to Berea, but it seems hard to get anywhere else because he does not have a degree. So this summer he went to Peabody College in Nashville and May and the children are at her home and he is studying so that he can get his degree and trying awfully hard to get a position because he just has to have some money to live on. …” Acknowledges receipt of
007 Searl Bates, Hiram, Ohio, from Ethel de Long Zande, September II. Thanks him for his gift and for the visit to PMSS with his wife Lilliath.
008 Helen Belknap (Mrs. William Belknap) from Ethel de Long Zande, November 18, to Ethel de Long Zande. November 4. Zande apologizes for not managing to spend time with the Belknap family when they visited Pine Mountain and thanks them for making the journey. Pine Mountain sent the family some PMSS brooms and noted that small chairs could be made by Boone Hall.