Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Staff/Personnel
Series 19: Students


B.C. “Boone” Callahan: Student, c. 1913-?
Woodworking, Repairs, c. 1927-1943

B.C. "Boone" Callahan

Brit Wilder, Bill Hayes, Boone Callahan. Excerpt from the 1943 Pine Mountain Family Album, page 4. [1943_family_album_photo_brit.jpg]

B.C. “Boone” Callahan was one of the several individuals at Pine Mountain Settlement School who were featured in the 1943 Pine Mountain Family Album as making “distinctive contributions to the life of Pine Mountain.” And during his many years with Pine Mountain he indeed kept the School “up,” as Miss Katherine Pettit admiringly described his work in her April 1931 fundraising letter. He did so primarily as a woodworker and repairman from 1927 to 1943.

The Album, printed by the Pine Mountain Settlement School in March 1943, provided a photograph and this biography of Boone Callahan:

Boone and Brit [Wilder] were among the first students to come to Pine Mountain, and since the days when they cut “pretties” for Miss Pettit with their pocket knives, they have never been far away from the active life of the school. Boone had special training in Berea and at Bradley Polytechnic Institute [now Bradley University, Peoria, IL], and has been in charge of the carpentry department for years. He lives with his family at Farm House….

Someone has rightly said that as long as we have Boone, Brit [Wilder, mine supervisor] and Bill [Hayes, farm manager] there’ll always be a Pine Mountain.

Letters written by those who knew him indicate their appreciation for his caring and hard-working manner. When the first Burkham School House burned down in January 1919, Marguerite Butler wrote home to her sister:

Mr. Callahan heard of [the burning of the School House] early Friday morning and by two was here with $100 worth of clothes for the boys. Not a stitch was saved. I don’t know whether he got Harlan stores to give it or raised money but he came with doz. pair shoes, doz. overhauls, shirts and underwear.

And describing the construction of Laurel House II, an anonymous author remembers the following:

…Boone Callahan organized the student labor to help for 3 hours a day, helping with ceiling, windows and hauling supplies. in 1941 the new Laurel House was completed.

Boone  C. Callahan was born c. 1903 in Kentucky to Henry and Polly Callahan. He was the second oldest of his siblings, Minnie, Allie and Manna. He married Estelle from West Virginia and the couple had three children, Virginia, Aubrey, and Bernard. The October 1933 issue of the PMSS publication Pine Cone, announced the “New Baby on Campus ( Mr. & Mrs. Boone Callahan)”  who was Boone and Estelle’s first son, Aubrey Callahan.

Boone C. Callahan died on December 1, 1982, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 79.



B.C. “Boone” Callahan

Alt. Title

Boone C. Callahan ; Boone Callahan ;




Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Boone C. Callahan ; B.C. “Boone” Callahan ; Boone Callahan ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; woodworking ; repairs ; carpentry ; 1943 Pine Mountain Family Album ; Katherine Pettit ; Brit Wilder ; Berea College ; Bradley Polytechnic Institute ; Bradley University ; Farm House ; Bill Hayes ; farm managers ; mine supervisors ; Burkham School House ; Marguerite Butler ; Laurel House II ; Henry Callahan ; Polly Callahan ; Minnie Callahan ; Allie Callahan ; Manna Callahan ; Estelle Callahan ; Virginia Callahan ; Aubrey Callahan ; Bernard Callahan ; Pine Cone ; Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Berea, KY ; Peoria, IL ; West Virginia ; Cleveland, OH ;

Subject LCSH

Callahan, Boone C. — 1903 – December 1, 1982.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.




Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY




Collections ; text ; image ;


Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet


Series 09: Staff/Personnel ; Series 19: Students ;




Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 09: Staff/Personnel and Series 19: Students.

Coverage Temporal

1903 – 1982

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Berea, KY ; Peoria, IL ; West Virginia ; Cleveland, OH ;


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Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of Boone C. Callahan ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Boone C. Callahan ;




“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.

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Last Updated

2014-11-03 hhw ; 2015-08-26 aae ; 2016-10-08 aae ;



“Boone Callahan.” Staff Directory 1913-present. Series 09: Staff/Personnel ; Series 19: Students.  Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers.Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7TW-1RZ : accessed 26 August 2015), Boone Callahan, Magisterial District 4, Harlan, Kentucky, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 48-33, sheet 11A, family 159, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1314.

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