Dec. 13, 1948
Dear Miss Fallows,
Thank you for your last letter and for the
enclosed donation. Thank you very kindly. Your donation was turned
to the P.T.A. - Christmas fund for our children.
I agree with you completely in regard to your
P.T.A. idea, and would support your class contest.
I know what "local" politics is. My
school work in Ninilchik has all kinds of "flowers" of indifference, ignorance,
and even stupidity. In our village, the teacher is alone, and on the other
side are the village people. Their cooperation with the teacher, well, it
would be too long a story. They suspect [the] teacher of all kinds of
things, because he is just [an] "outsider," not one of their own.
Homesteaders, they are, each family, to
themselves or for themselves. All of them, villagers and homesteaders,
have all kinds of excuses why they can not cooperate with the teacher.
I have one consolation, I am the "boss" in my
school, and can do as I please. I can always go to some other Alaskan
community to teach - at the end of the school year.
Please accept my best wishes for your very
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Envelope: from - Territorial School, Ninilchik,
Alaska; postmark - Ninilchik, Alaska Dec 14, 1948; Miss Mary Fallows, Grove St.
East Berlin, Conn.