Finding Aid for Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records, Series M, Sub-series M.1. Correspondence from Charles McNamee to Dr. Schenck


Collection Information


Abstract:
Charles McNamee, Biltmore Estate's first Manager and Attorney, sent the letters in this sub-series to the Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Office. They include letters, reports, memorandums and copies. This sub-series contains information about the business aspects of Biltmore Estate Forestry Department under the management of Dr. Carl Schenck. The letters concern accounting, employee relations, forest management, real estate purchases and rental properties.
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Date Completed
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Descriptive Summary

Creator
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Title
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records, Series M, Sub-series M.1. Correspondence from Charles McNamee to Dr. Schenck, July 1895 - July 1904, 1895 - 1904, (Bulk)
Call Number
2/M.1
Extent
30 folders
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the The Biltmore Company, Museum Services Department, Archives Division.
Restrictions to Access
Acquisitions Information
Preferred Citation
Series M, Sub-series M.1. Correspondence from Charles McNamee to Dr. Schenck, July 1895 - July 1904, Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records, The Biltmore Company, Museum Services Department, Archives Division, Asheville, North Carolina
Copyright Notice
The Biltmore Company retains copyright of these materials.

Scope and Content Note

These letters are stored in the place where they fall within Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records Series M. Correspondence beginning with "Mc" or "Mac" does not appear to have been separated from the other "M" correspondence by the original filing clerks. These letters were grouped with letters from Edward Harding in some instances. These were occasions when Edward Harding wrote about management issues on behalf of Charles McNamee.

Collection Organization

Documents were placed in acid free folders by chronological order. There are an average of 40 sheets of paper per folder.

Collection Arrangement

Online Catalog Terms

Personal Names
Harding, Edward
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate (Asheville, N.C.)
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
North Carolina-Buncombe-Biltmore Forest
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Forest management
Forests and forestry--Finance
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Lumber--Transportation
Possessory interests in land
Real property
Materials
business letters
copies
memorandums
postcards
telegrams

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Container List

Box.Folder 23.0044

Charles McNamee and Edward Harding on Behalf of Charles McNamee, July - October 1895 (38 sheets)

July 12, 1895- List of piled up firewood. Costs and considerations in floating the cord wood before lumber is floated from Big Creek Valley. Includes: Shingle mill, running profit; Costs of cutting cord-wood and Costs of floating wood.

August 21, 1895- Harding's questions on William Garrett's accident at the French Broad Lumber Mill.

September 2, 1895- McNamee recovering in Rhode Island. Dr. Schenck's troubles with English. "European plan cannot be carried out," although Beadle wants it.

Accounting and ordering with Edward Harding.

October 4, 1895- McNamee finds legal problems with the proposed splash dam because it goes through the lands of other property holders.

October 28, no year- Changes in ledger-heads concerning the forestry department. Includes information on management of the following: Forestry Department, Biltmore Forest, Pisgah Forest, Splitting Plant, French Broad Mill, Forest Science and Sport & Landscape.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Beadle, Chauncey Delos
Harding, Edward
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
North Carolina-Buncombe-Biltmore Forest
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Forest management
Lumber--Transportation
Lumber--Transportation--Law and legislation
Materials
business letters
calculations
lists
memorandums

Box.Folder 23.0045

Charles McNamee, November - December 1895 (53 sheets)

November 4, 1895- Mr. Weston in charge of all sick or injured animals on the Estate.

November 5, 1895- George Vanderbilt wants to know if there will be any returns on the sawmill and when the 47,000 in Schenck's budget will be returned. George Vanderbilt thinks headquarters of the Forest Dept. should be in the Office Building.

November 9, 1895- At least several hundred cords of wood went down the French Broad River, according to engineer at the mill, Mr. Webber.

November 15, 1895- McNamee wishes Schenck's office to be in Biltmore Building.

November 27, 1895- Schenck can do whatever he wants about the office building. Too early for Fitz Olmsted to begin work.

November 30, 1895- Don't hire C. D. Cushing.

December 4, 1895- Schenck hired Emmerson Eve as a stenographer.

Information on narrow wagon tires being banned on Biltmore Estate.

No date- Take steps to protect cattle from "Texas Fever."

Administrative matters including paying contractors for work on Dr. Schenck's house.

December 28, 1895- Dr. Schenck writes to McNamee that he spent part of the holidays working out the accounts of the Forestry Dept. as prepared by the Biltmore Office. Gives many suggestions on how bookkeeping must be improved.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Cushing, C. D.
Eve, A. Emmerson
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Weston, George F.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
Subjects
Babesiosis in cattle
Forest management
Forests and forestry--Finance
French Broad River (N.C. and Tenn.)
Lumber--Transportation
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0001

Charles McNamee, January 1896 (57 sheets)

January 3, 1896- Schenck's furlough granted by the Government of Hessendamstadt will have expired on Feb. 16th. Dr. Schenck says he likes his position and wants to remain at Biltmore.

January 3, 1896- Schenck speaking with George Vanderbilt about the need for keepers, or rangers, on the Estate. Dr. Schenck does not like the idea of turning out grouse from India on the Estate. No sport in hunting tame animals.

January 4, 1896- McNamee glad the George Vanderbilt and Dr. Schenck both want Dr. Schenck to stay at Biltmore.

January 7, 1896- McNamee says the Forestry Department overcharges for cordwood. Bookkeeping suggestions, including accounts for Forest Acres, Forest Library, Meteorological Observations, Sport [game preservation], Landscape and the Arboretum.

Non-dated copy of "The Bryson City Times." Includes "Notice of Execution Sale" on a timber tract. Also contains Railway Schedule, County Finance Statement for Swain County, N.C., a sermon, an article about Thanksgiving Day and other holidays, an article on emigration to the South, other articles, and many advertisements with whimsical artwork.

January 11, 1896- Memo. from Schenck to McNamee on management issues, including costs of firewood and damage to the upper ferry.

January 14, 1896- McNamee's response to the above.

January 15, 1896- Schenck wants mapping and triangulation help from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Information on Jimmy Case's home.

January 16, 1896- Wood in river hinders ferries.

January 18, 1896- Schenck's men must not drive over farmland, as it is being damaged.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Case, James [Jimmy]
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
North Carolina-Swain
Subjects
Forest management
Forest rangers
Grouse shooting
Thanksgiving Day
Materials
business letters
copies
memorandums
newspapers
notes

Box.Folder 24.0002

Charles McNamee, February - March 1896 (35 sheets)

February 17, 1896- McNamee will try to get room in Antler Hall for Biltmore Forest School students.

McNamee ill with "the 'grip'."

March 5, 1896- Dr. Schenck still not making a profit.

No date- McNamee found a law regarding the ownership of floated timbers that had collected on other people's lands.

More on the price and quality of the Forestry Department's cordwood.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Subjects
Forests and forestry--Finance
Lumber--Transportation--Law and legislation
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0003

Charles McNamee, April - December 1896 (47 sheets)

April 2, 1896- Questions over whether Dr. Schenck's contract includes his home furniture.

April 9, 1896- George Vanderbilt likes Dr. Schenck's proposition of leasing farms in Pisgah Forest.

April 13, 1896- Tear down squatter's cabin newly rebuilt on Laurel Mountain.

May 4, 1896- McNamee's comments on Pickleseimer tract.

May 7, 1896- McNamee wants Forestry Department office to move to Biltmore Office.

May 13, 1896- Officially name the mill, "Biltmore Lumber Company."

July 8, 1896- List of Schenck's discharged workers who owe money at the Biltmore Store.

August 24, 1896- Marion C. Whitaker wrote to McNamee that [Jack] Mally has once again damaged his property with the splash dam.

September 9, 1896- McNamee's response to Dr. Schenck's request for new roads for forestry operations.

November 19, 1896- All gates on Biltmore Estate placed in care of Dr. Schenck, except for the one across the bridge at Swannanoa, in Gall's care, and Biltmore Lodge, in the Office's care.

December 28, 1896- George Vanderbilt wants Schenck's Rangers to take charge over visitors on pass-days.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Gall, James, Jr.
Mally, Jack [J. P.]
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Whitaker, Marion
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Biltmore Store
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Forest management
Lumber--Transportation
Materials
business letters
lists
memorandums
notes
postcards

Box.Folder 24.0004

Charles McNamee, January - April 1897 (34 sheets)

January 8, 1897- George Vanderbilt purchased the Buckner land.

January 28, 1897- Beadle wants 500 wagon-loads of leaf-mold from the Estate, and probably will want the same amount in the following years.

January 29, 1897- George Vanderbilt approved the 1897 budget for Schenck with three exceptions.

February 8, 1897- George Vanderbilt said not to shoot gray squirrels.

February 19, 1897- George Vanderbilt spoke with Pinchot about Beadle taking leaf-mold since Dr. Schenck objected to it. Decided that Schenck will set apart one valley compartment from which Beadle will take the mold each year.

March- McNamee sent draft agreements for building roads on Ducker Mountain.

March 16, 1897- McNamee requests that Schenck not answer letters from lawyers regarding possible action against George Vanderbilt.

April 14, 1897- Need to determine who is in charge of the boom in the French Broad River, the Forestry Department, or the mill.

April 30, 1897- Edward Harding will take over McNamee's authority while McNamee is away during the summer.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Beadle, Chauncey Delos
Harding, Edward
McNamee, Charles
Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Ducker Mountain
Subjects
Booms (Log transportation)
Forest management
Forests and forestry--Finance
Leaf-mold
Plant collecting
Roads--Design and construction
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0005

Charles McNamee, May - October 1897 (42 sheets)

Accounting matters and value of logs.

September 22, 1897- McNamee prepared a system to better record information about individual land tracts. The details of all the different tracts were too much to remember.

October 5, 1897- J. P. Whittaker of Pink Beds, N.C. says George Vanderbilt's watchman is killing his sheep. Mentions he was "the only man in Big Creek that did not claim damage of Mr. Vanderbilt when he was splashing logs here."

October 20, 1897- McNamee writes Schenck of the steps he took in regards to many tracts of land in the Pink Beds. Information at the end of the letter on the difference between "tracts" and "exceptions."

Information on Henderson lease. Marked "260."

October 29, 1897- Investigate possession of Tract 105.

October 30, 1897- Beadle and Schenck competing in purchase of acorns.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Beadle, Chauncey Delos
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Whittaker, J. P.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Forests and forestry--Finance
Lumber--Transportation--Law and legislation
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0006

Charles McNamee, November - December 1897 (34 sheets)

November 3, 1897- Solomon Osteen abandoned claim on tract 217.

November 9, 1897- George Vanderbilt approved of purchase of the R. O. English tract.

November 10, 1897- Jason Kitchens claimed tract 31.

November 15, 1897- List of deeds McNamee plans to destroy.

November 17, 1897- R. O. English land to be known as 222.

November 17, 1897- Information on tracts 223, 71, 72, 44 and 14.

December 8, 1897- E. H. Potter, Mr. Gall's chief foreman, wishes a job in the Forestry Department. McNamee considers him the "best and smartest foreman on the Estate."

December 10, 1897- Regulations on Schenck's authority to purchase items for the Forestry Department.December 17, 1897- Need census of employees.

December 20, 1897- Schenck allowed to make a contract on the mica interests.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
English, R. O.
Kitchens, Jason H.
McNamee, Charles
Potter, Eli. H.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Subjects
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Mica industry
Possessory interests in land
Real property
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0007

Charles McNamee, January 1 - 15, 1898 (57 sheets)

Many letters concerning leases and land matters, including ejectments. Some land deals cancelled.

January 4, 1898- Potter may have rooms in Antler Hall since Golay will probably leave there.

Gash & Pless working for the Estate on many land matters.

January 6, 1898- Ramseur made mistakes on Tracts 36 and 37.

January 11, 1898- Charles McNamee writes by Roach that many of the mules used by Gall's department will be sold or killed due to a surplus of them.

January 14, 1898- List of leases that McNamee sent to Schenck for execution.

Letters concerning more leases sent.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Potter, Eli. H.
Ramseur, H. M.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Subjects
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Real property
Materials
business letters
memorandums
notes

Box.Folder 24.0008

Charles McNamee, January 16 - 30, 1898 (7 sheets)

January 20, 1898- Schenck said he wanted to sell "the entire saw-mill outfit."

January 20, 1898- McNamee says Enos McCall's grant for Tract 153 is not evidence of title.

January 21, 1898- Questions about mineral rights on Tract 215 and 215A, if purchased

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Subjects
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Possessory interests in land
Real property
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 24.0009

Charles McNamee, April - October 1898 (18 sheets)

April 20, 1898- McNamee's sympathies as Schenck returns home upon the death of his brother.

April 27, 1898- McNamee wrote to Mrs. Ketchum about Potter moving into the house at the junction of Shiloh and Old Long Shoals Road.

June 13, 1898- McNamee in Tacoma, WA and Schenck [still in Germany?] McNamee writes it is true that George Vanderbilt is married "and is doubtless in the seventh heaven."

October 3, 1898- Description of tract 257.

October 10, 1898- House on Busbee Mountain probably already gone.

October 13, 1898- George Vanderbilt asked McNamee to thank the men of the Forestry Department for his and Mrs. George Vanderbilt's warm welcome.

October 28, 1898- Information on tract 131.

October 28, 1898- Information on tract 223.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, Edith
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Busbee Mountain
Subjects
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Possessory interests in land
Real property
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0010

Charles McNamee, November - December 1898 (43 sheets)

November 2, 1898 letters with information on Tracts 81, 78, 261, 268 and 266.

November 3, 1898- Information on Tract 76.

November 7, 1898 letters with information on Tracts 81, 78 and 266.

November 10, 1898 letters with information on Tracts 254, 271 and 76.

November 15, 1898- Proposed changes to Dr. Schenck's house.

November 15, 1898- Information on Tract 105.

November 16, 1898- Information on Tract 229.

November 16, 1898- McNamee asks Schenck if Biltmore Lumber Company should be sold.

November 21, 1898- Good quote from McNamee on blocking legislation adverse to the Estate.

November 21, 1898- Information on Tract 266.

November 28, 1898- Information on Tract 223.

December 10, 1898- Does Dr. Schenck have a good Christmas tree for Biltmore House? It will then be used in the Sunday School.

December 13, 1898- Information on Tracts 60, 70 and 71.

December 14, 1898 letters with information on Tracts 272 and 243.

December 16, 1898- George Vanderbilt asks Dr. Schenck to provide a ranger for two guests who wish to go shooting.

December 17, 1898- Information on Tract 6.

December 19, 1898- Need Christmas tree [gift] list.

December 23, 1898- Information on Tracts 23, 24 and 25.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Lumber Company
Subjects
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Real property
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0011

Charles McNamee, January - February 1899 (33 sheets)

Notes on various tracts with work by Gash & Pless. Includes information about leases on tracts.

January 4, 1899- Complaints about teamsters.

January 17, 1899- Information on Tract 259. Mr. and Mrs. George R. McElrath.

February 17, 1899- Information on Tract 105 and dealings with Mr. Rhodes.

February 17, 1899- Information on Tract 118.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Gash & Pless
Subjects
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Real property
Materials
business letters
copies
memorandums
telegrams

Box.Folder 24.0012

Charles McNamee, March - May 1899 (48 sheets)

March 2, 1899- George Vanderbilt now owns Tract 75, formerly Hiram King's land.

Notes on various tracts.

March 4, 1899- Temperatures at Biltmore and Buck Spring.

March 6, 1899- George Vanderbilt now owns Tract 75. More information on Tract 75.

March 15, 1899- New directory being made of Asheville and its suburbs. List married or single, black or white.

March 21, 1899- George Vanderbilt now owns Tract 106, deed from T. J. Allen and wife.

May 16, 1899- Much information on Tract 38.

May 18, 1899- Information about Tract 282.

May 18 and 24, 1899- T. J. Carlan wants to use the boom.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Carland, T. J.
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Buck Spring Lodge
Subjects
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Real property
Temperature
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0013

Charles McNamee, June - August 1899 (33 sheets)

Notes on different tracts of land.

July 6, 1899- Forestry Department should pay James M. Case's medical charges on account of overwork.

July 7, 1899- Information on Tract 118.

July 10, 1899- George Vanderbilt going camping.

July 11, 1899- Too many dogs on the Estate.

July 29, 1899- Wicker Case.

August 11, 1899- Information on Tract 57.

August 16, 1899- Recommendations for regulation of dogs on the Estate.

August 18, 1899- Need survey on the Hatch lands on Bent Creek that George Vanderbilt bought.

August 21, 1899- What to do with Mr. Wheeler's old house. "The Swannanoa Lodge is to be moved across the road almost immediately."

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Case, James [Jimmy]
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Wicker, A.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Bent Creek
Subjects
Dogs--Law and legislation
Real property
Materials
business letters
copies
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0014

Charles McNamee, September - October 1899 (23 sheets)

September 4, 1899- Furnish E. H. Potter a house so that he will not accept offer for a better job.

Information on tracts including the following: 73, 3, 21, 118, 44 and 294.

October 27, 1899- List of people who may enter the Estate without passes by "either gate."

More on dogs on the Estate.

More on use of Swannanoa gate.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Potter, Eli. H.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Subjects
Dogs--Law and legislation
Gates
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Real property
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0015

Charles McNamee, November - December 1899 (33 sheets)

November 2, 1899- George Vanderbilt requires the line of the fence around the Estate to be changed, especially around Browntown.

Gash & Pless work.

November 25, 1899- McNamee wants a rustic straight-back chair from Buck Spring Lodge for reproduction.

November 27, 1899- Request for a census.

November 27, 1899- Swannanoa Lodge was damaged during the move. Had R. S. Smith examine it.

November 29, 1899- Location of Tract 294.

December 1, 1899- Mrs. George Vanderbilt wants the census list.

December 5, 1899- New provision to be added to future contracts for workers living on the Estate. States the workers will care for the property and not keep dogs.

Dogs killing sheep.

December 23, 1899- List of tracts leased by George Vanderbilt.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Smith, Richard Sharp
Vanderbilt, Edith
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Buck Spring Lodge
Subjects
Dogs--Law and legislation
Fences
Real property
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0016

Charles McNamee, January - March 1900 (26 sheets)

January 8, 1900- McNamee suggests Schenck take charge of building the dam.

Leasing and selling tracts.

January 16, 1900- Take chairs from Biltmore Office to Buck Spring Lodge.

February 28, 1900- McNamee recommends that damage from the breaking of splash-dams be settled through Smith & Valentine.

March 20, 1900- McNamee write to Schenck, "I feel quite unwilling to give many more notes for the Pisgah purchases. They are being scattered all over the country, and my financial reputation will soon be ruined."

March 20, 1900- After Tracts 52, 53 and 58 are paid for, Dr. Schenck's budget for buying land will be exhausted. McNamee can close no more titles requiring money without the permission of George Vanderbilt.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt family
Corporate Names
Buck Spring Lodge
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Dams--Design and construction
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Lumber--Transportation--Law and legislation
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0017

Charles McNamee, April - November 1900 (31 sheets)

April 9, 1900- Penland land on Busbee Mountain now in charge of Forestry Department.

June 26, 1900- George Vanderbilt now owns the Hatch lands. Have rangers take charge of the property.

July 10, 1900- [Property?] line along Pisgah Ridge.

More about people entering through the Swannanoa gate.

July 30, 1900- Information on Tract 305.

August 3, 1900- $2170 allowed in the budget for sylviculture.

August 6, 1900- Nobody thinks Dr. Schenck is guilty of nepotism.

August 7, 1900- Information on Tract 50 and the Gillespies' right of way.

November 5, 1900- Allow all employees to go vote tomorrow. Will prevent criticism.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Busbee Mountain
North Carolina-Pisgah Ridge
Subjects
Forests and forestry--Finance
Gates
Voting
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0018

Charles McNamee, March - June 1901 (36 sheets)

Information on tracts of land including the following: 103, 332, 178, 327, 323, 336, 337, 338, 345 and 346.

March 16, 1901- McNamee paid for the Dukes land.

June 14, 1901- George Vanderbilt wanted a map showing the connection between Bent Creek lands and Biltmore Estate. It can be made using Mr. Lee's map.

June 17, 1901- Tract 348 bought from the Hatches.

June 24, 1901- Judge Ewart proposed a compromise in a case against squatters in Transylvania County.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Ewart, Hamilton G., Judge
Lee, B. M.
McNamee, Charles
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Bent Creek
North Carolina-Transylvania
Subjects
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Maps
Possessory interests in land
Materials
business letters
copies
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0019

Charles McNamee, July - September 1901 (31 sheets)

July 16, 1901- Land purchased from Dr. C. V. Reynolds.

Memorandum with extract from July 19, 1901 letter from McNamee to George Vanderbilt. List of regulations concerning McNamee's position and his authority over the Forestry Department.

July 29, 1901- Information on Tract 318.

Information on systems of getting payment to workers located in the woods.

August 6, 1901- Information on land grants to Jesse Owens and W. B. Watkins.

September 28, 1901- Joshua Moore's trial.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Moore, Joshua
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Subjects
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0020

Charles McNamee, October - December 1901 (29 sheets)

October 21, 1901- Taxes on Busbee Forest, Biltmore Forest and Pisgah Forest.

November 7, 1901- George Vanderbilt spoke to McNamee about an accident insurance policy for Pisgah Forest workers.

November 13, 1901- George Vanderbilt approved budget except for $2200 for Looking Glass Lodge, which he is considering, and $60 for rent and furniture at M. M. Stuart's. George Vanderbilt wants department heads to be responsible for maintaining buildings used by their departments.

November 27, 1901- McNamee said trade for Russell Jones' land will probably be completed within a week.

November 27, 1901- Mrs. Ronci stopping people who have authority to enter the Estate at any time.

December 2, 1901- Trouble with Ledbetter title may be resolved.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jones, Russell
McNamee, Charles
Ronci, Joanna
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Biltmore Forest
North Carolina-Buncombe-Busbee Mountain
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Forest management
Forests and forestry--Finance
Insurance, Employers' liability
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 24.0021

Charles McNamee, January - September 1902 (17 sheets)

Information about grant to Rachel Carnes for land in Henderson County, N.C., and deed from Rachel Carnes and husband to J. P. McKinna.

Administrative information.

August 27, 1902- George Vanderbilt never told McNamee to use a different bookkeeping method for the Forestry Department than with other departments on the Estate.

September 10, 1902- George Vanderbilt approved proposition that land surveys are part of the Estate's legal business and should be left in McNamee's, not Schenck's, hands. Schenck appears to have disagreed.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Carnes, Rachel
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Subjects
Forest management
Materials
business letters
memorandums
notes

Box.Folder 25.0001

Charles McNamee, October 1902 (14 sheets)

October 3, 1902- Case of Frank McCall, who fished on the Estate.

Accounting.

October 13, 1902- If Mr. Moody is elected through enough Republican votes, he will facilitate rural delivery routes through the Pink Beds. He needs votes. Schenck should encourage men who have not registered to vote to do so.

Information on trespassers.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McCall, Frank
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Rural free delivery
Trespass
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 25.0002

Charles McNamee, November 1902 (32 sheets)

November 7, 1902- Wood and tanbark contract between George Vanderbilt and Mr. Adams.

Lots of accounting information about Pisgah Forest Store.

Information about contract between A. R. Ogburn of Stark Bros. Nursery and George Vanderbilt with reference to planting apple trees.

November 28, 1902- Dr. Schenck to send McNamee all the options or contracts of purchase of lands that George Vanderbilt has decided to acquire, which Dr. Schenck has on hand.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Adams, George L.
McNamee, Charles
Ogburn, A. R.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Pisgah Forest Store
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Forest management
Land titles
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 25.0003

Charles McNamee, December 1902 (29 sheets)

December 2, 1902- Specifications for logs required for the stable [at Buck Spring Lodge?]

December 3, 1902- Right of way provisions involving George Vanderbilt, Mr. Adams, the Deavers and Transylvania County Railroad Company.

December 11, 1902- McNamee not certain what to do about rock work at Buck Spring Lodge.

December 13, 1902- Inventory and finances of Pisgah Forest Store.

December 13, 1902- New regulation concerning requisitions. As of January 1, 1903, each department manager is authorized to order goods for his department in his own name. List of conditions, including only the General Manager can sign on behalf of George Vanderbilt.

December 15, 1902- McNamee drafted contract for Caldwell C. Case.

December 18, 1902- More on Case contract, including responsibility in the event of an accident.

December 19, 1902- Sawing logs for buildings at Buck Springs Lodge.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Case, C. C.
McNamee, Charles
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Buck Spring Lodge
Transylvania Railroad Company
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania
Materials
business letters
memorandums

Box.Folder 25.0004

Charles McNamee, January - March 1903 (30 sheets)

January 7, 1903- Financial arrangements for advertisements, including ones relating to Biltmore Forest School.

January 8, 1903- McNamee asked Lipe to make certain all the logs at Buck Spring Lodge are cut and delivered. No instructions about it from George Vanderbilt.

Contracted Assistant Ranger R. D. Case.

January 26, 1903- Bill of logs and statement of rough stone, sand and locust pieces required for construction of the new 4-room building and passageway at Buck Spring. Mr. Lipe managing the logs.

February 7, 1903- Policeman at Biltmore says loud and drunken Biltmore Forest School students are rowdy in early morning hours.

February 23, 1903- Copy of a memorandum from Dr. A. S. Wheeler about hydrophobia [rabies] and precautions that must be taken with dogs on Biltmore Estate.

March 11, 1903- New regulation from George Vanderbilt that all vehicles or bicycles traveling on Estate roads during dark nights must have at least one light. Memorandums to Mrs. Ronci and Dr. Schenck.

March 19, 1903- Biltmore Forest School student George Gardner firing his pistol along the road.

March 25, 1903- McNamee contracted with C. F. Christopher for lumber for the lodge. Forestry Department to haul the lumber to the house site as fast as it is cut.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Case, R. D.
Christoper, C. F.
Gardner, George
Lipe, J. [James] C.
McNamee, Charles
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Wheeler, A. S., Dr.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Buck Spring Lodge
Subjects
Rabies
Materials
business letters
memorandums
specifications

Box.Folder 25.0005

Charles McNamee, April - November 1903 (20 sheets)

April 7, 1903- Attorneys Anderson & Blythe requested for the Board of Commissioners of Henderson County that the county line stock law fence between Henderson and Transylvania Counties on the Biltmore Estate be repaired. Said it was torn down by Estate employees.

May 11, 1903- George Vanderbilt asked that occupants be removed from the house at the Busbee gate and the house be immediately torn down.

Information on Land Tracts 125, 123, 126, 229, 124, 373, 374, 375 and the Stevens-Eve titles.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Busbee Mountain
Subjects
Fences
Materials
business letters
copies
memorandums

Box.Folder 25.0006

Charles McNamee, February - March 1904 (14 sheets)

March 8, 1904- Nobody but George Vanderbilt is allowed to issues passes for entering Biltmore Estate.

Questions about land proposed for lease to Mrs. McKain and Mr. Wilks.

March 31, 1904- Location of Nancy Moore land.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Wilks, E. Langdon
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 25.0007

Charles McNamee, April - July 1904 (10 sheets)

April 6, 1904- All lands purchased by Mr. Garrett have been conveyed to George Vanderbilt. Trouble with G.W.K. Williams.

Accounting and employee payroll information.

April 25, 1904- George Vanderbilt acquired the undivided five-eights interest in 88.33 acres of land of the late Mr. Burton Brown. Also acquired one acre from Mrs. Rhodes, one of Brown's heirs. Three other heirs also owned land.

June 15, 1904- McNamee ceases connection with Biltmore Estate. George Vanderbilt directed that Edward Harding manage Estate finances. Howard E. Walter will manage rentals.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Harding, Edward
McNamee, Charles
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Walter, Howard E.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate (Asheville, N.C.)
Subjects
Forests and forestry--Finance
Management
Materials
business letters