Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: BIOGRAPHY – Staff
Glenn Argetsinger: Antioch College Intern 1928-1930
and Counselor 1937-1940
Glenn D. Argetsinger (c.1905-?)


046 Glenn Argetsinger counseling student. [garner_ray-46]

TAGS: Glenn Argetsinger, education counselor, student counselor, PMSS counselor, Antioch College, Antioch College Cooperative Education Program, Glyn Morris


Antioch College Co-op Student Teacher 1928-1930
PMSS Student Counselor 1937-1940

From 1928 to 1930, Glenn Argetsinger served as one of the Antioch College Cooperative Education Program fellows at Pine Mountain. Seven years later, Glenn Argetsinger was one of several Cooperative students who was hired by Pine Mountain Settlement. He worked as a counselor to students from 1937 until 1940. During most of his time at the School, he worked under the guidance of Glyn Morris, Director.

The Antioch Co-op student teacher program ran from 1920 until 1930 and included other names familiar to the counseling program at Pine Mountain Settlement School, including Esther Weller, John Howard Young, and Harold Gough.


Argetsinger came on board the School staff in 1936 as an eager and opinionated member of the teaching staff. It was not long before he bumped heads with Glyn Morris, who was nearly the same age as Argetsinger and equally vocal in his educational and counseling opinions.

Antioch College Co-op at PMSS

PMSS student teachers from Antioch College Cooperative Education program, 1930. John Howard Young, Glenn Argetsinger, Harold Gough standing behind Farm House. [X_100_workers_2577_mod.jpg]

Upon arrival Argetsinger recorded his observations in the following brief handwritten document.

Pine Mountain Settlement School

[Aug] 1936-1940

Train from Yellow Springs, Ohio, to Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky. Mr Day met me. Drive to Putney at base of the mountain: up a winding logging road, and down a winding road to the Valley, then several miles to the entrance gate, past a log cabin, which was used by one or two members of the faculty.

Given a room at FAR HOUSE: a 2 story w/ big living room, w/ piano. House mother rooms (Mother Merrill) ; girls dormitory, big room for dressing and bathroom, big room for sleeping un-screened [?], My room, sitting, studying, alcove for dressing, a sleeping screened in porch for a bed, bathroom in the hall.

Later walked up the creek introducing myself to the Columbus Creech family and the Henry Creech family. Later went in the opposite direction down another creek. These houses showed that income from farming was $35 a year. From mining (I heard) $60 a year and from logging something in between. Some cooking was done in lard buckets, some had maybe one china plate, some used an apron for a dish towel. No electricity, no running water in the house.

SCHOOL HOUSE — two story white siding clapboard. Downstairs, restrooms, stage auditorium, 8th grade room, counselors’ office. Upstairs high school classrooms, library.

Playground behind used Sunday afternoon for games , a variety, also baseball or hikes were scheduled up the Pine Mountain.


Glenn Argetsinger’s observations about PMSS, 1935-1940. [artgetsinger_glenn_00001-1.jpg]

13 4 Education: Educational Survey
Argetsinger Report
Argetsinger’s Report [Filed under Argetsinger – Staff files]


Glenn D. Argetsinger was born in 1905 in Minnesota. According to the 1940 U.S. Census, he and his wife, Elaine (Magnusson) Argetsinger, were living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he worked as a counselor at the state university. By the time of the 1950 U.S. Census, he and Elaine had two children, Bruce Glenn and Joan Elaine., 6 and 9 years old. The family was living in Edina, Minnesota, where he was a counselor with the Veterans Administration.


Title  Glenn Argetsinger
Alt. Title  
Creator Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.
Alt. Creator Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;
Subject Keyword Glenn Argetsinger, education counselor, student counselor, PMSS counselor, Antioch College, Antioch College Cooperative Education Program, Glyn Morris
Subject LCSH Argetsinger, Glenn, – c.1905-?
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
Date 2023-08-13 hw
Publisher Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.
Contributor n/a
Type Collections ; text ; image ;
Format Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet.
Source Series 09: BIOGRAPHY – Staff
Language English
Relation Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 09: BIOGRAPHY – Staff 
Coverage Temporal 1905 – 1940
Coverage Spatial Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Yellow Springs, OH ; 
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor n/a
Description Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of Glenn Argetsinger ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Glenn Argetsinger.
Acquisition n/d
Citation “[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.
Processed By Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;
Last Updated  
Bibliography Sources

“Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2023-Aug-20), Glenn D Argetsinger in entry for Bruce Glenn Argetsinger, 24 May 1944; from “Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002,” database, Ancestry ( : 2004); citing Hennepin, Minnesota, United States, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis. Internet resource.

“United States Census, 1930”, database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2023-Aug-20). Entry for Kathrine Pettit and Emily Hill, 1930. Internet resource.

“United States Census, 1940”, database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2023-Aug-20). Entry for Glenn Argetsinger and Elaine Argetsinger, 1940. Internet resource.

“United States 1950 Census”, database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2023-Aug-20). Entry for Glen D Argetsinger and Elaine E Argetsinger, 7 June 1950. Internet resource.

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EDUCATION Antioch College Cooperative Education at PMSS

EDUCATION 1929 Argetsinger Report of Test of PMSS 7th Grade for BOT