Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography – Personnel/Staff

Frances Lavender, Nurse, 1918 – 1919

TAGS: Frances Lavender ; Mrs. Rex Truman ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; nurses ; donors

Frances Lavender came to Pine Mountain as part of the nursing staff in 1918 and stayed for one year. Like many staff at the School she served in several functions. Also, like many of the workers at Pine Mountain, her stay was short but formative for life. She never forgot the brief time spent at the School and remained in contact with Pine Mountain, particularly with Ethel de Long in the years before de Long’s death, and later with other staff.

She was apparently from Pennsylvania and may possibly have trained in education at the University of Texas. Little is known of her early education or how she came to Pine Mountain. Any additional information would be appreciated. Box 29: Director’s Files – Personnel contains a file that carries her correspondence spanning the years 1928, 1932-1935, 1944, and 1946. Individual items remain to be scanned.

The waning years of her life were spent in Pasadena, California, where she moved following her marriage to Rex Truman. She had children and, at her direction, her descendants passed along her photograph album to the School.

Following her departure from Pine Mountain Settlement School, as a staunch supporter of the School, she made many contributions, generally small in scale, but consistent for the length of her life. Letters of correspondence with Ethel de Long and others are testimony to her ongoing fondness for the School and its formative influence on her life. Her commitment to the institution was unwavering and just prior to her death her photograph album was given to the School.


A small photograph album containing intimate images of Lavender at the School and the many community members with whom she worked. The album is exceptional in its level of photographic description and the annotations can be used to identify many members of the School staff and the community of service.




Staff 1918 – 1919

“The Alec Day Family. Oct. 1918.” Pine Mountain Settlement School, Frances Lavender Photographs.
Title Frances Lavender
Alt. Title Frances Lavender, Correspondence and Photographs, Staff 1918-1919
Creator Frances Lavender
Alt. Creator Mrs. Frances Lavender Truman (Mrs. Rex)
Subject Keyword Frances Lavender ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; religion ; settlement schools ; education ; nurse ; hookworm ; Mary Rockwell Hook ; pioneers ; oxen ; sawmill ; Big Log House ; William Creech ; Laurel House I ; Community House ; The House in the Woods ; sanitary closets ; hogs ; farmers ; Farmer’s Institute ; Dr. Little ; fundraising ; Ethel deLong Zande ; Miss Lansing ; flu epidemic ; Granny Creech ; photographs ; Miss Dorothy Bolles ; sword dances ; dancing ; music
Subject LCSH Lavender, Frances
Pine Mountain Settlement School — Kentucky.
Wells, Evelyn
Creech, William
Nurses — Kentucky.
Nurses — Appalachian Region, Southern.
Appalachians (People) — Medical care.
History of Medicine, 20th Cent — Kentucky.
Description Letters of correspondence from Pine Mountain Settlement School, KY to Frances Lavender that report on the activity of the school and the efforts to fund programs over the course of some thirty years. Many letters are form letters soliciting donations to the School and detailing the progress the School made during specific years.
Publisher Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY 
Date 2008-06-30 ; 2015-03-27
Type Collection ; Image ; Text 
Format Album with photographs and letters and ephemera mailed to Frances Lavender from Pine Mountain Settlement School, Kentucky, over the course of thirty years. Contains copies of the annual solicitation for funding and reports on the activities of the school.
Source Frances Lavender family.
Language English
Relation Pine Mountain Settlement School
Coverage 1918-19 ; Eastern Kentucky ; Harlan County, Kentucky
Rights Any display, publication or public use must credit Pine Mountain Settlement School, Kentucky.  Copyright retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor Frances Lavender family
Acquisition   unknown
Citation Frances Lavender Correspondence and Photographs, Pine Mountain Settlement School, Kentucky
Processed by Helen Hayes Wykle 2008 ; 2015
Last updated 2008-06-30 hhw ; 2015-03-06 hhw ; 2015-09-09 hhw