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Dec. 21, 1943

December 21, 1943

Mrs. E. S. Collins
2539 Northwest Westover Road
Portland, Oregon

Dear Mrs. Collins:

Recently when I was in Portland I called your home and found that you were at the church, helping to make baby clothes for the Vanport Pro ject. Then Mrs. Baxter mentinoed that you were working there. Certainly this is a worthy service which you are rendering to the church and to those people who need these articles.

I did see Alton, and had a long visit with him, which I appreciate very much. I do so much enjoy visiting with your family. Saturday I had some time with Truman in Seattle. They were happy over the fact that they thought they might be able to be with you for Christmas. It is such a joy to visit w ith Truman, and I count it a great privilege to know him as a man.

Enclosed you will find a little brochure which the College has just published for general public relations. In it you will note the architect's drawing of the library which we will build as a memorial to Mr. Collins. I thought you would be interested in the architect's drawing, and in the fact that it will mean so much to us here at the College. It is probably that we shall build the tower and the right wing, and sometime in the future add the left wing.

I wish I could tell you how much we look forward to the building of this building. It will be the center of our activities on our campus for hundreds of years, and it will have a great influence in the lives of many of the best young people in the Northwest.

Let me express to you again the very great appreciation of the College, and my own personal thanks for your many kindnesses and continued interest.

Mrs. Thompson joins me in wishing to you and yours a very happy Christmastide.

Very cordially yours, President.    RFT: OBS

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Dec. 24, 1943 letter

December 24, 1943

Lt. Truman Collins
2021 Broadmoor Drive
Seattle, Washington

Dear Truman:

I have asked our Registrar to send you the list of seventeen year old boys who are not in one of the reserves. After talking with him I discover that there are not many, but he will send you their names in a day or two. I hope it will help out with your recruiting, for you are doing splendid service in this work.

I am to have lunch to today with Mr. Weyerhaeuser and his son, George, who is looking around to find the place where he can be of the most service to the Government. Naturally, he is learning toward the Navy. I am wondering if there is any special branch into which he might go. I discover that he is handicapped by poor vision. I believe I mentioned this to you once, but I am wondering if anything might have opened since that time.

May I thank you again for your many kindnesses and continued interest in the College. It is a great privilege to be associated with men of your leadership and ability in this find work.

With every good greeting for the Season to you and yours,

I am, Very cordially yours, President.     RFT:OBS

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Nov. 17, 1942

November 17, 1942

Mr. Truman Collins
Olympia Hotel
Seattle, Washington

 

Dear Mr. Collins:

Yesterday, while in Seattle, I endeavored to see you, but was unable to do so. I am rather anxious to talk to you concering some timber which has recently been given to the College. I am very inexperienced in these matters, and I think that possibly you can give me some very tangible advice concerning this claim which has come to us during this past week.

I remember with real joy the many splendid things which you did while I was at Willamette, and I likewise remember with very great appreciation the many splendid talks which I had with your fahter while I was associated with First Church in Portland. I realize how very busy you are, but if I cuold see you in the near future it would be a great help to the College of Puget Sound.

Thanking you for your many kindnesses and for your continued interest, I am,

Very cordially yours, President.    RFT: OBS

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May 18, 1943

May 18, 1943

Lt. Truman Collins
Naval Procurement Bureau
Second Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Dear Friend:

By means of this letter may I express my great appreciation for your recent long distance call, and for the forenoon which you spent with us at the University of Washington? We apprecaite these kindnesses very much, and I want you to know how much they mean to the College.

As yet we have not heard further from the army. We called fort Douglas by long distance, and were told that the recommendation had been sent to Washington, D.C. I shall appreciate your keeping me informed as to the possible move of the navy. If there is any service that we can render we shall be very happy to do so.

Thanking you again for your kindness and continued interest, I am,

Very cordially yours, President.   RFT: OBS

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Apr. 2, 1945 letter

April 2, 1945

Mrs. E. S. Collins
2539 Northwest Westover Road
Portland, Oregon

Dear Mrs. Collins:

It was so nice to visit with you in your home last Thursday. By means of this letter I desire to wish you a very happy birthday. I remember that your birthday is close to the birthdays of Dr. and Mrs. Todd. The interest with you and your family have shown in the College has been a great inspiration to all of us, and it means much to me to be in your home and visit with you.

Thanks again for your kindnesses, and may you have many happy birthdays.

Very cordially yours, President.    RFT: OBS

 

 

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March 21, 1944 letter

 

March 21, 1944

Dr. R. Franklin Thompson, President,
College of Puget Sound,
Tacoma, Washington.

Dear Mr. Thompson:

Am very glad to receive yours of March 16, 1944, and also the minutes of your last meeting, which I am sorry I was unable to attend.

Following up my suggestion to you that I feel it best for me to resign from the Board of Trustees, will say I have talked it over with my sister, Mrs. Grace C. Goudy. If you wish a representative of the Collins family on the Board, I do believe she is in a position to take a more active and continuing interest in the College of Puget Sound than I, since I still have so many of my personal problems to work out.

It is with real regret that I submit my resignation to the Board of Trustees of the College of Puget Sound. It has been a great honor to be associated with you and the members of the Board in an enterprise which is carrying on such meritorious work in the Northwest.

Sincerely yours, Alton L. Collins     ALC: W

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