I received the following letter 9 May 2000 from Mr. William B. Pearce.Mr. Pearce at hearing of the interest in Jessie Akester-Grimm's research, volunteered to search for the manuscript in the library of the Butte Masonic Lodge.Our Thanks to him for his help.
COPY OF LETTER RECEIVED 9 MAY 2000.
BUTTELODGE OF MASONS NUMBER 22, A.F. & A.M. OF MONTANTA MASONIC TEMPLE, 314 WEST PARK STREET, BUTTE, MT.59701-9103
WILLIAM B. PEARCE SECRETARY 2621 AMHERST AVE BUTTE, MT59701-4236 05 May 2000
SUBJECT: Unpublished manuscript by Mrs. Warren Grimm, containing information regarding James Isham Lett, placed in library at Butte Masonic Temple
TO: Ms. Connie Webb, 409 S. Shelby 775 W., Needham, IN46162(Request 22 Feb. 2000)
At long last, the undersigned obtained permission to search the remnants of the library at the Butte Masonic Temple.I was informed that under no circumstance was I to attempt to go into the library sites unaccompanied.
I found that the remains of the library are in two parts, the first part is on the fourth floor ofthe Butte Masonic Temple.The second part is located over the Mother Lodge Theater in a loft above the forth floor of that building.The Mother Lode Theater no longer belongs to the Masonic Temple Association of Butte, Montana.
I retained the services of a young male Montana College of Science and Technology student to accompany me on my searches.
On 07 April 2000, the two of us searched the portion of the of the library housed on thefourth floor of the Butte Masonic Temple.On 03 May 2000, we searched the loft above the Mother Lode Theater.It was necessary to climb steep, marrow stairs that had no railing, using flashlights to make our way into the room where the remainder of the publications are stored.We were fortunate to find that the room still had serviceable electric lights.
Both premises were thoroughly searched, and we did not find any Manuscript.Mr. and Mrs. Warren Grimm moved to Missoula, MT, where they passed away.It is possible they took the manuscript with them, because they were free to repossess the manuscript at anytime.
The President of the Masonic Temple Association of Butte accompanied us on our search of 05 May 2000.Moving and consolidating the library has been placed on the agenda of things to do.At the present time, the building is undergoing a costly preservation program, and consequently, the library will have to be deferred for now.
The Association President, myself, and our assistant made a painstakingly thorough search of the two sections of the Masonic Library in Butte, and have come to no other conclusion than Mrs. Grimm's manuscript is no longer in the library.
We are sorry that we cannot report better news, but we made a real search, sometimes under difficult conditions, and it is safe to say the manuscript is no longer at the Masonic Library in Butte.
William B. Pearce
PS:I understand your searching, I am doing the same thing.