MARIAN KINGMAN

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Staff/Personnel

MARIAN KINGMAN

Marian Kingman:
Teacher, School Pianist 1928 – 1932
Member, Board of Trustees 1955 – ?

Marian Kingman Album - Marian Kingman

Marian Kingman standing on the steps of Burkham School House II, 1920s [kingman_094a.jpg]


TAGS: Marian Kingman ; education ; students ; teachers ; Margaret Motter ; Harriet Crutchfield ; home economics ; domestic science ; cooking classes ; piano-playing ; ballad singing ; folk dancing ; Chapel ; vespers ; The Mikado ; Laurel House ; sleeping porches ; Berea College ; Trustees ;


“Congratulations in this year of 1996 on your 96th natal day….” began an article in the spring 1996 issue of Notes from the Pine Mountain Settlement School celebrating Marian Kingman’s birthday. In this tribute, the School fondly remembered Miss Kingman long after her years there as teacher, pianist, and trustee.

Born in Illinois on February 25, 1900, Miss Kingman arrived at Pine Mountain in 1928 to teach home economics (domestic science) sharing the same four years with Miss Margaret Motter and one year with Miss Harriet Crutchfield. The 1996 article goes on to quote from a February 1930 issue of Notes that describes a day in Miss Kingman’s life:

Marian Kingman, Harriet Crutchfield, & Margaret Motter preparing for a ride. X_100_workers_2559_mod.jpg

Marian Kingman, Harriet Crutchfield, & Margaret Motter preparing for a ride. X_100_workers_2559_mod.jpg

Until the seven months district schools close at the end of January, each Friday Miss Kingman mounts her nag and rides down toward [I]ncline to hold her cooking class for girls in one of the neighbor’s kitchens. The district school allows girls two hours out of the school day to attend. In November [1929] we visited the class and it was a real adventure.

Six little girls, ranging in age from nine to fifteen came that day and a young matron, an old Pine Mountain girl, was taking her turn at being hostess to the class. She sat by the fire rocking her baby son, while the little girls, one of whom had walked four miles to come, bustled about her kitchen, so business-like in their clean aprons and so interested in what they were doing. The dishes to be made that day were creamed cabbage with white sauce, and stuffed potatoes. While the cabbage was boiling and the potatoes baking, Miss Kingman dictated the recipes and everyone wrote laboriously in their oilcloth-covered notebooks.

This year the children have learned to make canned beans, canned corn, baked apples, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, candied sweet potatoes, potato soup, cinnamon buns, corn chowder, and floating island.

Sitting around the oilcloth-covered table in the kitchen afterwards, eating up the class product, as is the pleasant custom, we found that not one of the six little cooks had ever before eaten creamed cabbage or stuffed potatoes. Yet there is not a family which does not possess these raw materials.

As the little girls washed and dried dishes and swept out the room leaving everything spick and span, we were reminded of the fairy tale in which the cobbler had elfin help in his labors…..

Marian Kingman (left) and friends show off their mittens. X_100_workers_2638_mod.jpg

Marian Kingman (left) and friends show off their mittens. X_100_workers_2638_mod.jpg

Miss Kingman was also well-known as the school pianist, playing for a variety of gatherings, such as assemblies, ballad singing, folk dancing, Sundays in the Chapel, and choir vespers. The students who sang in the School’s production of “The Mikado,” a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, were accompanied by her skilled piano-playing. She even spread her love of music to the sleeping porches at Laurel House, serenading the girls to sleep with “a little night music.”

Although Miss Kingman began a teaching career at Berea (KY) College in 1932, she continued her connections with Pine Mountain, often bringing her classes to Pine Mountain to make curtains and provide other enhancements to the interiors of the School’s buildings. She joined the Pine Mountain Board of Trustees in 1955 and later became an honorary trustee.

Miss Kingman lived out her final years in the Highland Farms Retirement Community at Black Mountain, located in western North Carolina. She died on April 16, 1999.

A visual record of her years at Pine Mountain may be seen in the Marian Kingman Photograph Albums listed below.


See Also:

MARIAN KINGMAN Biography

MARIAN KINGMAN PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM [Full pages, Parts I – IV]

MARIAN KINGMAN ALBUM INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS – PART I

MARIAN KINGMAN ALBUM INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS – PART II

MARIAN KINGMAN ALBUM INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS – PART III

MARIAN KINGMAN ALBUM INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS – PART IV

Title

Marian Kingman 

Identifier

MARIAN KINGMAN

Creator

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Marian Kingman ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; education ; students ; teachers ; Margaret Motter ; Harriet Crutchfield ; Notes from the Pine Mountain Settlement School ; home economics ; domestic science ; cooking classes ; piano-playing ; ballad singing ; folk dancing ; Chapel ; vespers ; The Mikado ; Gilbert and Sullivan ; operetta ; Laurel House ; sleeping porches ; Berea College ; Trustees ; Highland Farms ; Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Berea, KY ; Illinois ; Black Mountain, NC ;

Subject LCSH

Kingman, Marian, — 1900 – 1999.
Women — Southern States — History.
Educators — Biography.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Settlement schools — Harlan County — Kentucky.
Harlan County (KY) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Rural schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.

Date

Date digital: 2007-06-26 ; 2015-11-06

Publisher

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Contributor

n/a

Type

Text ; image ;

Format

Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet ; photograph album(s) ;

Source

Series 5: Administration – Board of Trustees ; Series 9: Staff/Personnel ;

Language

English

Relation

Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 5: Administration – Board of Trustees ; Series 9: Staff/Personnel ; Marian Kingman Photographs ;

Coverage Temporal

1900 – 1999

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Berea, KY ; Illinois ; Black Mountain, NC ;

Rights

Any display, publication, or public use must credit Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. 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, writing, and administrative papers created by or addressed to Marian Kingman ; clippings, photographs, publications by or about Marian Kingman ;

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

2007-07-12 hhw ; 2012-07-09 aae ; 11-07-2013 aae ; 2015-11-06 hhw

Bibliography

Sources

1930 United States Federal Population Census, ED 48-24, sheet 14B (indexed incorrectly as “Morgan Kingman”). https://familysearch.org (accessed 2012-07-16).  Internet Resource.

Notes from the Pine Mountain Settlement School (Spring 1996, February 1930). Series 17: PMSS Publications. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet Resource.

“Kingman, Marian.”Pine Mountain Settlement School Archives. PMSS Staff Directory 1913- . Computer file. Series 9: Staff/Personnel. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet Resource.

Social Security Death Master File. http://ssdmf.info (accessed 2012-07-16). Internet Resource.

Return to: BIOGRAPHY – A-Z