1954/09/22: C. E. Godshalk to Sterling Morton
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1954/09/22: C. E. Godshalk to Sterling Morton


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September 22 1954
Letter from C. E. Godshalk to Sterling Morton stating he recalls that Morton preferred the house project plan where it ultimately ended up at South Farm. He will send Morton a copy of the plan. He prepared a map of the proposed changes for Ed (Baker) and his committee to present to the rest of the trustees. Proposals include:
Selling two parcels of land to Mr. Scott to straighten out the north boundary of the Arboretum.
Henry White will lease the rest of the available farm land for $12 per acre. He will remain a full-time Arboretum employee, and his son-in-law, who is a farmer, will work on the land with him.
Godshalk ordered a new Ford tractor with a back hoe on the back. It cost $5460. He details how they will use the new piece of equipment.
He will send Morton a map showing the following:
New staff houses
Four labor houses and who will live in them. The South Farm house should be torn down and two more labor houses will be needed.
If four more labor houses are built in 1956, they can clean up four old houses.
They will tear down the farm buildings and the big old South Farm house, and he propose building a new shop.
The Herboths at one time said they would deed their land to the Arboretum at their deaths. Herboth bought the Yackley land. Ed Baker proposes that the trustees buy both pieces of property now, giving the Herboth’s a life lease. Herboth and his wife seem agreeable to that proposal but want some time to think it over. Godshalk would like them to sell the Arboretum the Yackley property outright and keep the life lease on their current property. They are still working on purchasing the Jones and McMahon properties.
Godshalk would like to use the Lisle Farms operation bank balance for the improvements at South Farm.
 
Morton, Sterling (received by)
Baker Jr., Edward H. (is related to)
White, Henry (is related to)
South Farm (is related to)
Herboth, John (is related to)
Miller, Ralph (is related to)
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