Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography – Staff, Students
B.C. “Boone” Callahan Correspondence 1936 – 1941 (Part II)
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B.C. “BOONE” CALLAHAN Correspondence 1936 – 1941 (Part II)
PMSS Student, 1920s; Maintenance Man & Teacher, 1927 – 1943
TAGS: B.C. “Boone” Callahan, correspondence, Mrs. Callahan, Glyn Morris, Wanda Callahan, laundry service, health exams
CONTENTS: B.C. “BOONE” CALLAHAN Correspondence 1936 – 1941 (Part II)
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[Note: All letters from PMSS staff are carbon copies, typewritten, unsigned and meant for the Office files. All other letters are handwritten. The following list of contents is in chronological order and not necessarily in order of the image numbers.]
CONTENTS: 1936 (continued)
(30) February 22, 1936. To Mrs. Callahan from Glyn Morris who reminds her that the laundry only washes blankets in the spring after school is out.
(31) (32) N.D. Two-page letter to [no salutation] from K. [Katherine Pettit]. She is forwarding a letter from Mrs. Callahan, asking recipient to “Find out about Boone & do what is necessary to get him well.” She wonders why he isn’t sent to Dr. Abell’s clinic.
(33) (34) (35) (36) N.D. Six pages of a partial letter to [no salutation, likely Miss Pettit] from [unsigned, likely Mrs. Callahan]. (33, page 3) (Upper half of page, is crossed off, including “…I will always do my best to accomplish more by your good counsel.”) Describes Boone’s current health, which is improving. Mentions Dr. [Clark] Bailey; Boone’s low blood pressure & (34, page 4) weak heart. He is being urged to see Dr. Abell. (35, page 5) This letter is to Miss Pettit because “anything Miss Pettit suggests or thinks should be.” (36, page 6) Asks Pettit to write Boone that he should get “out for his whole month and to let his mind rest of all cares at home.” [Images are missing before and after 33-36.]
(37) March 27, 1936. To Mrs. Callahan from [unsigned, possibly Morris]. Mrs. Cornett is willing to continue laundry work as long as she can; the writer appreciates Mrs. Callahan’s offer to help but feels it would be too difficult for her to work and keep up her house.
(38) (39) (40) (41) May 9, 1936. Four-page letter to Miss Pettit from Wanda Callahan. (38) (Notation at upper left: “For response see letter to Miss Wells May 18, 1936”) Thanks Pettit for her advice; has learned Home Ec at Berea but needs to learn more. Feels that “Boone’s trouble derives from having to rush back to work as soon as he has (39, page 2) finished his meal and having too long hours. He teaches and works all day” plus teaching at night. “This week he is sicker than I’ve ever seen him.” Wanda has “hope that Dr. Abell can find the root of his troubles” and thinks he may have TB. (40, page 3) Tells Pettit that Boone has made a cherry table for her as a gift. (41, page 4) Mentions the “New Building.”
(43) May 20, 1936. To Mr. Callahan from Morris, who asks him, “for the next two weeks at least, that you devote all your time to the work on the new building.”; Assigns Mr. [August] Angel in charge of repair work during this time, with Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Sheehan as helpers.
(42) July 16, 1936. To Mrs. Callahan from Morris, who assigns her the responsibility “for all the Old Log ironing in the future,” due to an increase in the amount of laundry and also because he is “desirous of gradually relieving the school of any responsibility for the labor involved in keeping married couples….”
(44) August 27, 1936. To Mrs. Callahan from [unsigned, likely Morris], who asks her to take “care of your household laundry in the future” to lessen the heavy load on the school laundry.
(45) September 16, 1936. To Mrs. Callahan from Morris, who again asks her to “take care of the laundry from Old Log” herself and do not send it to Laurel House.
(97) May 3, 1937. To Mr. and Mrs. Callahan from Glyn Morris, Director, who explains why the School must discontinue the lowest grades (including Little School) and suggests that the Callahans send their daughter, Virginia Lee, to the county school.
(46) May 13, 1937. To Mr. Callahan from [unsigned], who asks him to post a notice, printed by Mr. Angel, near the circular saw that it must be used with a guard.
(47) August 13, 1937. Requisition for Supplies. Building: Farm H. A list of available supplies to be marked as needed.
(48) August 14, 1937. To Mrs. Callahan from “The Office,” which cannot supply the item she requested because she moved to Farm House.
(84) N.D. “Professional Readings, Second Semester 1937-1938, B.C. Callahan.” List of books and authors and dates he read them
(85) January 5, 1938. “Professional Reading Report, First Semester, 1937” from B.C. Callahan, who lists the books and authors and dates he read them.
(50) February 11, 1938. Rx note to Mr. Morris from Dr. Clark Bailey in Harlan, KY, certifying that Boone C. Callahan is free from infectious or contagious diseases.
(51) DUPLICATE OF (50)
(49) March 4, 1938. Rx note to Mr. Morris from Dr. Clark Bailey in Harlan, KY, certifying that Boone C. Callahan is free from infectious or contagious diseases.
(52) March 29, 1938. To Mr. Morris from B.C. Callahan, who offers to contribute $1.50 per month towards the salary of a school doctor, providing that he and his family can receive the doctor’s services.
(53) November 8, 1938. To Mr. Callahan from [unsigned], reminding him to take a few vacation days.
(86) (87) N.D, two pages. “Professional Reading Report, Second Semester, 1938-1939” from Boone C. Callahan, who lists the books and authors and dates he read them.
(54) March 17, 1939. Medical report to Mr. Morris from W[ilmer] S. Lehman at The Infirmary, after examining Mr. Callahan and finding him in “good shape.”
(55) April 8 [no year]. To Mr. Callahan from [unsigned] at The Office. “Dr. Little was delighted with the [wooden salad] bowls, etc.”
(98) April 28, 1941. To Miss Spelman from B. Callahan, asking for a leave of absence for a six weeks’ term at Bradley Polytechnic Institute in Peoria, IL for his summer vacation.
(56) May 14, 1941. To Mr. Callahan from [unsigned] at The Office, who thanks him for forwarding a letter from Mr. Carpenter about a possible hiree.
(57) May 21, 1941. To Mrs. Callahan from [unsigned], who appreciates that she will house several [Guidance] Institute guests, if needed.
(63) June 9, 1941. Memorandum from [unsigned]. “Mr. Boone C. Callahan was granted a vacation of six weeks for the year 1940-41 for the purpose of attending school He will be paid for the entire six weeks he was gone.”
(58) August 12 [no year]. To Mr. Callahan from [unsigned], who asks him to fix the movie machine so that only Morris can use it.
(59) August 21, 1941. To Mr. Callahan from [unsigned] at The Office, who thanks him for forwarding Miss Hiatt’s letter asking about a vacancy.
GALLERY: B.C. “BOONE” CALLAHAN Correspondence 1936 – 1943 (Part II)
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