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The correspondence between Jack and Helen Frye is transcribed below for the purpose of
historic documentation in regard to the development of the House of Apache Fires project.
Without such letters and interaction between the Fryes and John Gaw Meem (found in the
Meem archive) virtually no background information exists as to the planning and development
of this Sedona landmark. The letters are reproduced in full, and in part, and are published “as
associated with” the end product (Apache Fires house) which exists today at Sedona. The papers
are held in the John Gaw Meem archive and filed as an “unfinished project”. The Frye home
(called the Frye Deer-Lick Ranch House by Meem) is not listed as a completed Meem project
and therefore it will not be found associated with his legacy of work.
Lost Documents and Correspondence
Between Jack and Helen Frye and Santa Fe
Architect John Gaw Meem Are Discovered
!
This page- continuation of the narrative on Page 1947 which details
the complete history of the Apache Fires House @ Sedona Arizona
TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
Kansas City, Missouri

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

November 5, 1941

Dear Mr. Meem:

Helen and I were very happy upon our return home last night to find your letter and the
interesting sketches you had prepared.

Helen is writing you concerning certain ideas she has developed since we saw you….

.…I roughly estimated the area of the floor at 4,200 square feet….

As soon as the surveyor’s work is completed, I will forward it to you. In the meantime we look
forward to receiving your frank reaction to our various ideas.

With kindest regards.

Sincerely,
Jack Frye


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
Kansas City, Missouri

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

November 7, 1941

Dear Mr. Meem:

Mr. Frye and I were really thrilled over your sketches and ideas. It was amazing to me how
accurately you were able to visualize what we had in mind.

I am sending a floor plan that has been worked up in hotels, and on planes during our travels
the last two weeks.

We are anxious not to obstruct the view any more than we have to….
(In regard to layout of rooms.) We will also want to add a nursery adjacent to the bedroom
sometime in the future so this should be given consideration, with the same thoughts in mind.

The interior style of the kitchen should be that of an old fashioned one where the family made
the room practically part of their living quarters. It should have an atmosphere of warmth, color
and good cheer, with built in nook and table.

I would want to keep the master bedroom light, using near-white stone for the fireplace and
perhaps floor, as I plan on the interior furnishings of that room being antique white and
turquoise.

With best wishes,
Helen V. Frye


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
Kansas City, Missouri

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

December 19, 1941

Dear Mr. Meem:

I am enclosing an elevation map which I have received from the engineer at Prescott (Harlow D.
Phelps, Registered Engineer).

This is only a preliminary map, but I thought I would send it along and as soon as I receive the
map showing the topography of the building site, I will forward it also.

We have been tied up in Washington for ten days and do not know just when we can get out to
see you, but will try to make it sometime in the near future.

Best regards,
Jack Frye


December 25, 1941
(Personal note written by Helen regarding surveys)
Merry Christmas Greetings


Mr. Meem:

I am having the maps of house location sent to you. But Mr. Frye and I would like to get
together with you before you do anything with it. However, the war-work has been so confusing
we haven’t had time even think of our house. We do hope though we can soon find time. We
sincerely hope your wife has recovered her recent illness and that you and your amazing
children have a wonderful Christmas!

Jack and Helen Frye


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
Kansas City, Missouri

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

December 31, 1941

Dear Mr. Meem:

Thank you for your letter of December 29 which was received in Mr. Frye’s absence.

He will be away for a few days but this will be brought to his attention as soon as he returns.

Sincerely yours,

Meriam L. Furse
Secretary to Jack Frye


January 1, 1942

Memorandum of Conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Frye- in part (by John Gaw Meem)

They would like to build portions of their house at Deer-Lick Ranch from time to time as war
conditions permit. ….living room, dining room, kitchen and storage.

The general type of architecture is to be Hopi stone construction and in general, the building is
to have an Indian feeling, as far as detail is concerned.

(Fireplace) ….sunk with two 1” steps as per pencil sketch by Mrs. Frye.
The reason for the steps down into the fireplace is that in the summer time, they want to
convert the hearth into a pool with water lilies on it. Provide water outlet and system of hooks
or cranes on which plants can be hung.

Mr. Frye said he would like to feature water around the house and among other things, it had
been his intention originally, to have water conducted from the patio over the roof of the dining
room and allow it to drip in the form of a waterfall over the window. This is something to think
about - the idea being to give a wet moist atmosphere in a dry country as a feature of the house.

With regard to the sewer system, we must provide a septic tank and disposal field in the flat
sandy area at the foot of the cliff. The tank and field must be large enough to accommodate
wastes from the house, we are to draw now (on the side of the cliff) and all future additions. A
provision should be made to enable water from the tubs and lavatories to be drained separately
and use for irrigating flowers and plants. We must be careful to provide the proper system of
moving the sewage from the top of the cliff to the bottom without having too rapid of a flow -
the problem will be similar to the disposal of sewage in a skyscraper or tall building.

….the roof is to be covered with crushed rock of a color similar to the surrounding landscape.

They like very much the Browne window here in the office and as shown in our drawings.

Editor Note: (This style of window treatment is featured in the stunningly designed eleven-story
Larson Building in Yakima Washington (1931) which I have seen in person. Although a nice
touch, when the Frye home was eventually built in 1947 a different type of steel framed window
was all that was available after the war amid much post-war building material shortages.

….With regard to the electrical system, we are to design a normal interior system of
distribution, including installing of conduits. He (Mr. Frye) may substitute used Parkway cable,
salvaged from air fields. (This due to shortage of building materials during World War II.)

With regard to electrical current, Mr. Frye thinks he may be able to obtain a portable Kohler or
Delco (generator) which he would temporarily hook up at the east end of the kitchen wing.

….We are to keep in mind the eventual problems connected with the air conditioning system
and provide necessary outlets….

It was agreed, that as a first step, we are to furnish them with revised preliminary floor plan
and elevation; in addition, they would like to see the interior elevation of the walls of the living
room, dining room, kitchen and observation room (not built in the HAF), particularly, on both
sides of the fireplace. As soon as these are done, he will fly someone from this office to Arizona
to lay out the house on the ground and accurately determine the final grades.


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
Kansas City, Missouri

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

January 19, 1942

Dear Mr. Meem:

Here are the surveyor’s charts which I believe are self-explanatory.

We bought the little place across the creek from the building site (Schuerman Ranch) and are
fixing the house there so we can use it until we build. Mrs. Frye has been out there for the last
couple weeks and I am going to meet her tomorrow.

We realize you are busy and that conditions do not permit much being done right now, but when
you have a little freedom let us know and we will try and stop by for a talk.

I hope Mrs. Meem has recovered by now and that all is well with you.

Sincerely,
Jack Frye


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
Kansas City, Missouri

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

February 11, 1942
(Arrived 2/12/1942- Thanks to TWA Air Mail?)

Dear Mr. Meem:

Many thanks for your note of January 30.

I haven’t had a chance to go down to the ranch since the first of the year but hope to before
long.

Mrs. Frye and I will stop in Albuquerque the first chance we get and will call or wire you far
enough advance so we can get together, either in Santa Fe or Albuquerque.

Sincerely,
Jack Frye


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
Kansas City, Missouri

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

April 7, 1942 (handwritten note)

Dear Mr. Meem:

We still think of you and our house “to be” but have been so rushed here and there that we
have had no time to see you. Wish you would send back the floor plans I sent you, so I can
study it before seeing you. I am expecting to drive my dogs out by car in the near future and I
want to come by Santa Fe so we can discuss our house plans a little more fully. Have heard
through Mrs. Wentworth that your wife has recovered her serious illness - - for which we are
very glad.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Jack Frye


Wardman Park Hotel (stationary)
Connecticut Avenue and Woodley Road
Washington D.C.

June 27, 1942

Dear Mr. Meem:

This war business is so confining that we’ve had no time for the house ideas. In the back of my
mind it’s still a pleasant dream - - and if, when we get around to it, you are still in business - -
we’ll get together. Our Best Wishes To You and Your Family - - Mrs. Jack Frye


Wardman Park Hotel (stationary)
Connecticut Avenue and Woodley Road
Washington D.C.

January 19, 1943

Dear Mr. Meem:

Am enclosing your memorandum with a few changes and explanations - - sorry I didn’t have a
typewriter but hope you can make-out what I’ve done.

I am very keen about the model - - however, on the complete house I have many more ideas
than what is shown - - but we can take this up after the first part is started.

Tell Mrs. Meem I am sorry for having been such a stupid guest. Her luncheon was so delicious,
your house so enchanting, and all the children such darlings - I felt very badly at having acted
so.

We finally decided it was because I’d blown fixing dope on my sketch the night before, was a
little dopey from it, and my system drained of oxygen, just couldn’t take the Santa Fe altitude
on top of it all.

With kindest regards,
Helen Frye


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
Kansas City, Missouri

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

March 11, 1943

Dear Mr. Meem:

Mr. and Mrs. Frye have been in Washington since the early part of January. They were back
here about ten days ago for a couple days, and Mr. Frye asked me then to write you explaining
why he had not answered your letter.

They received the prints and appreciated your sending them along. It is difficult to say how long
they will be tied up in Washington, but Mr. Frye wanted me to tell you that they hoped to get
out to see you before long.

Sincerely yours,
Meriam L. Furse
Secretary to Jack Frye


April 10, 1943
(no letterhead)

Dear Mr. Meem-

We were very enthused about your sketches, and if they aren’t exactly on the right track, they
at least give us something of a foundation to work on. Yes, we are very anxious to go ahead with
the three rooms of the Deer-lick house. We do understand these government hold-ups, in fact,
we more than have our share of the same thing.

First of all, I want to say that I don’t believe you have the right picture in mind of the kind of
home we want in Arizona. We have had, and I suppose will always have, all the formal life we
can digest away from Arizona. You probably are like a lot of our friends who can’t believe that
Jack and I really go in for ranch work ourselves. We not only do it, but love it with a passion.
We are never there that we don’t spend all our time working the same as the ranch hands. That
is, we irrigate, dig ditches, drive the tractor and trucks, help with the harvest, work with the
animals, doctor and wrestle with the hogs. We seldom wear anything but work clothes and
boots. We are always tired, dirty and hungry on coming to the house in the evening and usually
too tired to clean up before we eat. The red dust we drag in is fierce. I want a house that will not
embarrass us. It must be beautiful, but rugged enough to take it and it must offer loads and
loads of comfort. You see, we are down-to-earth, close to nature people and the house must be
part of that life.

The exterior must be Hopi, like your first sketch, and which I thought you understood. Jack is
part Indian, and besides this fact, Hopi seems to me to fit the cliff. The large windows I know
are not true to the Hopi style, but they looked all right in our sketch, the only thing is, we want
more window. Particularly, wider, or so the outside is as much open as you dare make it. After
we saw the El Paso Air Terminal (Hopi) Building, made of stone instead of adobe, we were sure
we would like it. While that building is of a very ordinary stone and a cheap job, still it has an
appeal that we like. I think in the red stone and with your artistic hand, will have exactly what
we desire.

.…Will the floor of the living room and the dining room be hard enough to take spurs? I don’t
want to put a lot of expensive hard wood floors in the house; nor do I want the same that
requires great daily care to keep it looking well. I am not one to appreciate fancy wood floors.
Flat stone rock appeals to me here, and so does heavy, stained planks.

….The kitchen I designed for the easy cooking of a meal, keeping an eye on the front door and
serving food on the veranda where the bar-b-que is located. I fully realize this is not arranged
for the old-fashioned one I want. Still, it has to have both characteristics. Please see what you
can suggest. I cook, but rarely do the dishes. I believe you may have done dishes in your
times….hence the sink. We think we ought to have two sinks in the kitchen.

….By the way, don’t forget our huge, old logging wheels. We want to use these somewhere,
perhaps a gate entrance, but if you have any other ideas, let us know. They are heavy, made of
iron and oak, the axle coming to about my shoulders.

Most sincerely,
Helen V. Frye


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
Kansas City, Missouri

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

May 20, 1943

Dear Mr. Meem:

Mrs. Frye mentioned to me today that she had not had any acknowledgement from you of her
letter of April 10 and the sketches which she returned. She is a little worried about the
possibility of their having been lost in the mail.

Will you kindly let us know if you received them.

Sincerely,
Meriam L. Furse
Secretary to Mr. Frye   


Wardman Park Hotel (stationary)
Connecticut Avenue and Woodley Road
Apartment 800H
Washington D.C.

June 28, 1943

Dear Mr. Meem:

Your office wrote you’d be back from the East the first of June - - and I’ve been watching every
mail to see if there isn’t something from you and what you thought of the drawings I marked
up with corrections and the long letter on our ideas of the ranch house. I have at last succeeded
catching myself a “papoose” or rather the promise of one - - I got off to a bad start but am
feeling better and as soon as the doctor says it’s safe to travel I am going down to the ranch for
the summer where I can get plenty of Arizona sunshine. I’d like nothing better than to have
our baby born in the new ranch house - - Do you think we have a chance?

With Best Regards,
Helen Frye

(In this note Helen discusses being pregnant with Jack's child. There had been a desire for a
nursery in the new house. Later Helen lost the child (mis-carriage) Supposedly, Helen mis-
carried three times always on the 3-6 month time frame. One of Helen's biggest heartbreaks in
life was that she was never able to have Jack’s child.)


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
Washington D.C.
709 International Building
1319 F Street, N.W.

Wardman Park Hotel (Residence)
Apartment 800-H
Washington, D. C.

July 15, 1943

Dear Mr. Meem:

We do not like the idea of changing architects, so we will wait and see if you go into the Army
before we make a change. Should you be commissioned, would you please send me names of
architects you could do our house as we would like it done.

The doctors are not sure that I will carry through with the baby, so maybe there is not so much
hurry after all.

With kindest regards,
Helen Frye


Hillcrest Farm (Arlington Doubleday Mansion)
Falls Church, Virginia

December 19, 1944

Dear Mr. Meem:

We were unable to stop at Santa Fe coming east, but hope to be back that way before too long
and bring house plans with us, if I haven’t been able to send them on before I have been going
over them and have made a more accurate detail of measurement. etc., and I am not quite
finished yet.

When we were at the Grand Canyon, I was happy to discover the Yavapai Ranger's Station,
where the Roosevelt's were married, is exactly the type of stone handling that I want for our
house. This is not like the Grand Canyon hotel buildings or the Hopi house across the road from
it. I don't know if you have ever seen this Yavapai building or not. It is about a half a mile from
El Tovar and sits right on the edge of the Canyon and is Hopi style, but done in natural stones of
quite varied sizes laid horizontally. I would either like to get some very good pictures of it (they
didn't have any available at the hotel) or else have you see it before we start the house. I am
enclosing a photograph that the newspaper man gave me while it was still wet (and in rather bad
shape) and which gives you only a limited idea of the complete feeling.

Mr. J. B. Dolan of the Arizona Lumber & Timber Company, Flagstaff, told me that he would be
able to get the trees which we will need for beams. I don’t know if this will be the best
possibility or not, except that he has always been very cooperative with Mr. Frye. No matter,
except that I understand they should be cut this time of the year and seasoned for several
months before using. We are particularly anxious to have this done immediately. I know that
you will have to see my plans in order to know how many logs to order - - so I will try to hurry
them through, Christmas and all.

I am just about convinced that the house will have two stories, at least over a part of it, and I
believe that from studying the Yavapai House that this will work best - - if the second story
comes in about three feet narrower all the way around than the first floor.

Also, we believe we will eliminate the utility channel, as was at first planned, and use the
natural stone in the hill as the back wall for living room, dining room, and kitchen rooms. This
you will note in the plans when you get them, and the only other solution for utility channel
which I see, is to bring it to the outside of the house and put it under the floor.

I don’t know whether we will be able to get all bathroom fixtures, kitchen sinks, etc., and steel
window frames by the time we are ready for them, or not. We will do our best and if we can’t,
then we will use war materials and substitute later.

Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas season.

Most sincerely,
Helen V. Frye

(This is the only letter from 1944 outside of Santa Fe office visits)


April 3, 1945
(no letterhead)

Dear Mr. Meem:

Mr. Frye and I will be stopping over night the 19th of this month with a party of guests at the
La Fonda Hotel, and we are hoping to be able to see you on the day of the 20th.

If this is not going to be convenient for you would you please let us know as soon as possible.

Sincerely,
Helen V. Frye


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
1740 G Street, N.W.
Washington 6, D.C.

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

April 24, 1945

Dear Mr. Meem:

Mrs. Frye had planned on stopping in Santa Fe on her way west, but at the last minute, had to
go directly through to the ranch.

She asked that I forward to you a photo static copy of the first floor plan of the house. She will
contact you or see you before returning east.

Sincerely,
Mary P. Battle
Staff Assistant  (Jack Frye Personal Assistant)

(This Lockheed Lodestar flight was postponed due to Jack's ever changing schedule)


Deer-Lick Ranch
Sedona, Arizona

Sept. 24, 1945

Dear Mr. Meem,

The corner window which is the key to the house plan- is in white. The red line is a rough guess
of mine- as to where the office room should go.

As well as I could judge the center of the office location is 1 foot lower than the level of the
bedroom.

I found the ranch in horrible condition due to the exchange of help- have become a hand myself.
Never before was it entirely up to me alone to care for the cattle, ditches, equipment, and stock
supplies. I haven’t a fingernail left and I am scratched black and blue from doctoring calves. A
new foreman takes over Wed., and as soon as I can get him acquainted with the place and it’s
problems- I shall be able to return to Santa Fe.

Many thanks for your help with the shoes. I was sorry to cause you so much trouble, but I truly
did appreciate it.

My regards to little Nancy and Mrs. Meem.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Helen Frye


June 16, 1945
(No letterhead)

“Regarding ceilings - I don’t care for high ceilings - however, remember Jack is 6 foot two…”
Helen Frye


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
1740 G Street N.W.
Washington 6, D.C.

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

May 21, 1946

Dear Mr. Meem:

I have not heard from you for some time, I do hope that this does not mean that you are still ill.

A very good friend of mine - a Flagstaff man (Timothy Riordan) who was formerly a lumberman
- is interested in getting the logs cut and seasoned for the ranch house. If you advise waiting
until you have made a more detailed study of the house for the exact number of beams
required, we can hold off until then. If you are not feeling well and have been unable to work on
the plans, it probably would be all right use the last list and cut a few more beams of each size.
Can you let me know what I should do since it takes so long to round up the workmen and
space to store the logs even though we will not start cutting until the sap stops running this fall.

Hoping this finds you and your family well,

Sincerely yours,
Helen V. Frye

P.S. I am going to try to come west for a vacation at the ranch in two weeks or so. I could stop
at Santa Fe if you wish to see me.


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
1740 G Street N.W.
Washington 6, D.C.

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

June 10th 1946

Dear Mr. Meem:

Mrs. Frye asked me to acknowledge your kind letter. She is already at the ranch and goes to
Seattle on the 14th for a few days. She will plan to see you a week or so after the 14th on her
return trip.

Sincerely,
Mildred Matson
Personal Secretary
Hillcrest Farm (Doubleday Mansion)


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
1740 G Street N.W.
Washington 6, D.C.

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

August 10, 1946

Dear Mr. Meem:

There is a good possibility of our being in Arizona about the 12th. How long we will be able to
stay we cannot determine yet.

Are you still planning on taking your men down to the ranch this fall? If so, if you would let me
know, I will help make arrangements about places to stay. I would like very much to be there at
the same time.

How are the plans coming along?

Sincerely,
Mrs. Jack Frye


October 27, 1946
Arlington, VA.

Dear Mr. Meem

I wanted to get this letter to you last week, but the pilot’s strike has everything confused.

As for cutting the beams for the bunk house this fall, I think it is already too late. The men at
the ranch were going to cut the logs for a new corral, but the weather got cold and rainy early
this year. They can’t get into the woods when it is muddy. Perhaps we will be able to buy
seasoned logs, enough for the bunk house, as that is all we planned to build next spring anyway.

Did you notice the way you “winged” the house makes an interesting brand design. It might be
an idea for its name - - “Winged L”. (Please note this was the first thought by Helen as to a
name for the Deer-Lick Ranch House.)

I particularly liked your arrangement of the woman’s room of the bunk house, but it and the
rest of it doesn’t seem too convenient and practical for our needs. I am enclosing a new design I
have made and given much thought to, but I couldn’t work in the woman’s bunk you submitted
even though it was appealing to the eye.

First of all - chimneys. You show three on the interior but none in the exterior sketch. I think
three chimneys on the bunk house roof too many, and I have given each room a fireplace with
two chimneys, which ought to be some less expensive to build.

The two home offices we have had in our two houses here in Washington are always growing too
small and the same has been the trouble even at the business office down town (TWA). Files
and extra cabinets, etc. start filling up a room soon after the office gets into operation. I have
made my plan a little larger than you had it and have put in a larger closet for the files. Three
files will run the immediate business but there ought to be a storage space in the garage for old
ones. The ones used are larger than you planned - the measurements are 2 1/4' x 1 1/2'.

It is not always possible to keep a secretary satisfied so far out on a ranch. If we have one that
is permanent, it will be because she feels at home and likes the life. This means different kind
of clothes, the same as the rest of the family. You don’t send your ranch clothes out to the
cleaners every time you are around a horse or doing some outdoor mess job; neither do you
hang them up with your dressier garments. This calls for an extra closet. Neither do I think you
can keep the secretary happy if she is so cramped it’s like living in a three dollar hotel room. I
don’t know if I have allowed enough extra space for that wing for what it ought to
accommodate. The curved end of the sliding-door closet of the secretary’s room is drawer space
that swings out toward the bathroom door.

This old house we have remodeled here in Washington had some corner lavatories. I like them
even though the medicine cabinet goes to one side or the other. The side for the best light can
always be chosen and they take less room. I used two of them here.

The bunk rooms are especially to catch unexpected or uninvited guests when the guest rooms
are full, or mainly for people who are just spending the night or a short time while passing
through the country. The rooms are not for lounging or living but for sleeping and dressing.
There will be no furniture except the bunks and a special fireplace bench to sit on when taking
off shoes, etc. I find in mixed company, and this is sure to be in these rooms, people like a
locked closet to keep their clothes and valuables in. I have four separate closets in the woman’s
room - - just wide enough to take an average large bag and hang up a dress or three. The men’s
room has the same arrangement only the closets vary in size. The closet walls could have
concealed doors and might look very ranchy if done of vertical, peeled small logs. I want the
bunk rooms colorful and Western.

Note the toilet in the woman’s bath. I want it entirely enclosed for privacy.

The second drawing of this wing shows how we will use it temporarily while living in it ourselves
when the building of the main house is being done. I think that the sketch is self-explanatory.

There will be little change except for the removing of the kitchen fixtures to bath, a wall
between each side of the chimney and the closing off of a couple of doors to convey it to the
original plan.

The main house is all right now with the exception of a couple of things I am not sure about.
One - - in my original plan I had a bookcase on each side of the space for a painting (opposite
wall of the fireplace in the main living room) that I believe you talked me out of using. Where
are the books going to go for the living room? My husband buys every book that is published, I
think. Of course, I don’t keep all of them, but there should be space for them in the living
room even though we use the piece of furniture that boarders the back of the divans for such - -
I don’t think it’s enough.

What do you think about a part of the stair case walls? Or still each side of the painting of rear
wall of living room?

I still would like to see Vigas on the kitchen window, office and den. Wouldn’t they look all
right on the end of the bunk house?

Gosh, I hope we can have all of this finished long before spring and ready to go then.

Did Nancy’s (Meem) dog bite get all right? Tell her Pardner is till hale and hardy and so she
won’t have to worry about rabies. It’s terrible to show such hospitality to such a sweet little girl.
I hope she gives us another chance to make it up sometime.

My best regards to Faith and you.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Frye


TRANSCONTINENTAL & WESTERN AIR, INC.
1740 G STREET, N.W.
Washington 6, D.C.

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

January 16, 1947

Dear Mr. Meem:

“I am sorry to be so late writing to you about your letter of November 19 which Mrs. Frye
forwarded to me. As you know, I was tied up in a pilot strike and since then, have been battling
a financial crisis in TWA along with our chief stockholder, Mr. Hughes.

I would like the opportunity of discussing this matter in person with you but since I cannot be
certain when this can take place, will have to write you instead.

Knowing that you are completely fair and reasonable, I would like to frankly set forth our views
concerning this matter.

When we started on this project, we had in mind spending not more than forty of fifty thousand
dollars altogether. Since the war came along, we have regularly stated that we did not expect to
build until normal building conditions and costs again prevailed. Our references last summer, to
building in the spring of 1947, were based on the assumption that this condition would be
reached by then....” (The rest of this letter is details about billing and costs, etc.)

With kindest regards.

Sincerely,
Jack Frye
The famous Sedona landmark- House of Apache Fires as seen in August of 2003.
This page is a continuation of the narrative on Page 1947 which details the complete history of
the Apache Fires House at Sedona Arizona
.
As discussed above (October 27, 1946) the Fryes desired a 1,610 square foot bunkhouse be built
in the east courtyard of the Apache Fires house. To be constructed in early 1947 the function
would be three-fold, one, Jack needed a full-time secretary to live at the property for business
correspondence, two, the Fryes wanted a new temporary dwelling built to live in while they were
over-seeing the Deer-Lick Ranch house construction, and lastly, they desired extra quarters for
over-flow guests after the main house was completed.
Helen's Drawings- Proposed
New Bunk House- Fall 1946
Many thanks to Nancy Meem Wirth and Audra Bellmore (John Gaw Meem Archive
Administrator) for some of the materials used in this presentation. Even though the Meem
Archive correspondence is copyrighted I have tried to utilize the information from this
uncompleted Meem-Frye project in a manner, which hopefully, does not violate the inherent
usage guidelines or the goodwill in which it was offered to me. I am most grateful to have
discovered this invaluable information without which many Apache Fires details would be lost.
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