Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series    : Governance
Series 07: Directors
Series 09: Biography

Director 1930 – 1931

TAGS: Hubert Hadley ; Henry Hubert Hadley ; Miss Katherine Pettit ; Miss Angela Melville ; trustees ; Greeley Teachers College ; Carcassone Community Center ; Evelyn K. Wells ;

Hubert Hadley was first introduced to Pine Mountain Settlement School when he received a letter from Angela Melville, PMSS Interim Director, dated September 12, 1929, while he was Superintendent of Carcassone Community Center in Gander, Kentucky:

Miss Jaspar, who is visiting us has told me about your interest in industrial work and what you are doing along those lines at Carcassone. We should very much appreciate a visit from you at Pine Mountain where from the beginning we have stressed industrial training as well as academic work.

Hadley could not leave his work at Carcassone at the time, but he must have eventually made that visit. In a February 20, 1930, letter, the president of the PMSS Board of Trustees offered Hadley the position of PMSS Director “for one year beginning June 1, 1930, with the salary of $2,400, the free use of the Zande House, the living of yourself and family and if desired two months vacation with pay.”

HUBERT HADLEY: His Hiring by Pine Mountain

“Pine Mountain, owing to the devotion that has been given to it in the past seventeen years, is now an entity.” was the opening sentence in a one-page letter sent from the School “To the Friends of the Pine Mountain Settlement School.” Dated May 23, 1930, the letter served to announce the retirement on June 1st of Miss Katherine Pettit, Director, and Miss Angela Melville, Associate Director, and that both were continuing their service to the School as members of the Board of Trustees.

The letter went on to report that Mr. Henry Hubert Hadley was employed as the third director of the School since its founding. Mr. Hadley’s background was described as follows:

We are fortunate in having secured as director Mr. Henry Hubert Hadley, a Texan. Mr. Hadley holds an M.A. degree from Greeley Teachers College in Colorado, and has taught for ten years, the last two of which have been spent in the mountains of Kentucky, as executive of the Carcassone Community Center of Gander. Mr. Hadley is a fortunate choice for Pine Mountain in his wife and two young daughters as well as in his ability and character.

This was the first major change in administration at the School. Mrs. Ethel de Long Zande, one of the School’s founders and the first director, had died in March 1928 and Miss Katherine Pettit, also a founder and co-director, continued as director, along with Miss Angela Melville as associate director, until Mr. Hadley was hired. The letter ended with this positive statement:

We look forward with confidence to his work, and ask for Pine Mountain under his direction a continuance of the friendship which you have ever given our beloved school.

Hadley accepted the position and arrived at Pine Mountain at the end of May 1930.

“Tea in Miss Melville’s Garden. Mrs. Burns, Marian [Kingman], ??, Argetsinger, Miss Melville, [Hubert] Hadley children.” [kingman_074a.jpg]

HUBERT HADLEY: After Pine Mountain

As of April 1931, he returned to Carcassone Community Center as an Executive, with Mrs. Alice Hadley as Associate Executive. At that time, Evelyn K. Wells, PMSS Acting Director, wrote to him that 

I think the school has stepped ahead considerably this last year in many ways and your part in some of our improvements is very clear to me….Won’t you tell Mrs. Hadley how aware I am of the evidences of her care of Zande House? It seems to me that the grounds are in beautiful shape.

According to further correspondence from Hadley, by January 1939 he was County Superintendent of Schools in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Henry Hubert Hadley was born on August 28, 1896, in Ellis, Texas, to Turner S. Hadley and Essie A. Reese. According to an obituary from the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, he married Julia Alice Gahart (1897-1983) on May 25, 1918. He died on December 24, 1976, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


HUBERT HADLEY Correspondence


Hubert Hadley

Alt. Title

Henry Hubert Hadley




Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Hubert Hadley ; Henry Hubert Hadley ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; correspondence ; retirement ; Miss Katherine Pettit ; Miss Angela Melville ; directors ; associate directors ; trustees ; Greeley Teachers College ; teachers ; Carcassone Community Center ; Gander, KY ; Greeley, CO ;

Subject LCSH

Hadley, Henry Hubert, — August 28, 1896 – December 24, 1976.
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 07: Directors




Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 07: Directors.

Coverage Temporal

1930 – 1931

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ;


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Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of Henry Hubert Hadley ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Henry Hubert Hadley ;




“[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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“Dear Friend Letters 1930,” Series 07: Directors and Hubert Hadley Correspondence, Series 09: Biography. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

“Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 March 2015), Henry Hubert Hadley, 28 Aug 1896; citing Ellis, Ellis, Texas, reference v55 p214; FHL microfilm 1,639,037. Internet resource.

“United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 March 2015), Henry Hubert Hadley, 24 Dec 1976; citing Obituary, in “Greeley Tribune”; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln. Internet resource.