GEORGIA AYERS DODD

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

GEORGIA AYERS DODD

Georgia Ayers Dodd:
PMSS Student 1933-1937
Community Worker 1937-1938
Housemother, Big Log Sept 1938-1940: West Wind 1942-1944
Dietitian 1950-1951


Tags: Georgia Ayers Dodd ; Pine Mountain Settlement School students ; PMSS Octet ; community workers ; Arthur W. Dodd ; housemothers ; Hot Lunch Program ; Ganado (Arizona) Mission ; dietitians ;


As a student at the Pine Mountain Settlement School (PMSS) in the 1930s, Georgia Ayers (Dodd) was already well-known as one of three sisters who were members of the PMSS Girls’ OctetJoanna, Ruby and Georgia and the rest of the group often toured the country for the School on promotional trips in 1936 and 1937. A 1937 Octet program for a White House performance listed her solo singing of “I Wonder As I Wander.” She finished PMSS high school in 1937, the second of her six sisters who graduated from the School.

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Georgia Ayers (Dodd). [mexico_02.jpg]

Georgia was a talented and precocious student and attracted the attention of the administration who often looked for students to promote. Georgia was one of those.  At the end of the school year in June of 1936, she was invited to travel to Mexico with the Director, Glyn Morris, his wife Gladys, PMSS Principal Arthur Dodd, Fern Hall, Secretary to Morris, and Grazia Combs, a school administrator from Perry County, Ky. The group drove to New Orleans and then on to Mexico city and the craft city of Taxco, A record of that journey is recorded in DANCING IN THE CABBAGE PATCH: 1936 PMSS & MEXICO.

Her post-graduate year, 1937-1938, was spent as a member of the first “Community Group.” Consisting of five young women, all Pine Mountain students, this community visiting project was featured in The Emerging High School Curriculum and Its Direction by Dr. Harold Spears (1948).

Arthur Dodd and Georgia Ayers Dodd with daughter Elizabeth, c. 1943. {pmss_photo_MOD_dodd_family_enlarged-2.jpg]

Arthur Dodd and Georgia Ayers Dodd with daughter Elizabeth, c. 1943. {pmss_photo_MOD_dodd_family_enlarged-2.jpg]

At the end of Georgia’s participation in this project, she married Arthur W. Dodd, Jr., a Berea College graduate. He had come to the School in 1932 as a music, science and history teacher and later served as business manager, acting director, and school principal. Georgia worked on the Pine Mountain staff as houseparent for junior-senior girls from 1939-1949. In 1950-1951, she was director of the Hot Lunch Program for the Harlan County Community School then held on the Pine Mountain campus. Georgia stayed on at the School for another 14 years, strengthening the School’s programs with her skills and dedication and, at the same time, caring for her growing family. During this time, the Dodds had two daughters, Elizabeth Oaks Dodd and Margaret Cresswell Dodd, born in 1943 and 1945 respectively, at the School. Both daughters later chose careers in teaching.

June 1951 marked the end of the Dodd family’s stay at Pine Mountain when they relocated to Ganado Mission, located on the Navajo Indian Reservation in northern Arizona. There Georgia served the Ganado Public School System as Director of the Food Service Program for the elementary, middle school and high school for the next 21 years, employing and supervising a staff of 18 mostly Navajo Indians.

Ever developing her abilities, Georgia attended several schools throughout her working years: George Peabody Teachers’ College, Nashville, TN; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff; University of Arizona, Tucson; and Arizona State University, Tempe.

Georgia Ayers’ parents were Henry Gilmore Ayers (1894-1959) and Ethel Elizabeth Oaks Ayers (1983-1979). Georgia was born September 13, 1918, in Ewing (Lee County), Virginia. When in the second grade she moved with her family to the coal-mining village of Twila, Kentucky, where she attended the local elementary school.

In later years, Georgia and Arthur Dodd settled in Johnson City, Tennessee. Georgia was an active member of the First United Presbyterian Church in nearby Elizabethton, TN, where her husband was the organist. She was also active at the local and county levels of the Extension Service of the University of Tennessee.


GEORGIA AYERS DODD: GALLERY

Title

Georgia Ayers Dodd

Alt. Title

Georgia Ayers ; Georgia Dodd ; Mrs. Arthur W. Dodd

Identifier

ABOUT

Creator

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Georgia Ayers Dodd ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Georgia Ayers ; Georgia Dodd ; Pine Mountain Settlement School students ; PMSS Octet ; community workers ; Arthur W. Dodd ; housemothers ; Hot Lunch Program ; Ganado (Arizona) Mission ; dietitians ; Joanna Ayers ; Ruby Ayers ; Community Group ; Elizabeth Oaks Dodd ; Margaret Cresswell Dodd ; Henry Gilmore Ayers ; Ethel Elizabeth Oaks Ayers ;

Subject LCSH

Dodd, Georgia Ayers — September 13, 1918 – [?]
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

2016-05-24

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 19: Students ; Series 09: Staff/Personnel

Language

English

Relation

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

Coverage Temporal

1918 – [?]

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ;

Nashville, TN ; Ganado, AZ ; Flagstaff, AZ ; Tucson, AZ ; Tempe, AZ ; Ewing, VA ; Twila, KY ; Johnson City, TN ; Elizabethton, TN ;

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 Georgia Ayers Dodd ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Georgia Ayers Dodd ;

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

2016-05-23 aae ; 2016-05-25 hhw ; 2016-06-05 hhw ; 2016-06-17 aae ;

Bibliography

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK12-RYTC : accessed 24 May 2016), Henry Gilmore Ayers, 1959 and Ethel Elizabeth Oaks Ayers (1979) ; Burial, Rosspoint, Harlan, Kentucky, United States of America, Rose Lawn Cemetery; citing record ID 146597815, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com. Internet resource.

Guide to Students at PMSS. Series 19: Students. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

Staff Directory 1913– . Series 09: Staff/Personnel. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

Bibliography

 Spears, Harold. The Emerging High-School Curriculum and Its Direction. New York: American Book Co, 1948. Print.


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See also:

ARTHUR W. DODD Biography
JOANNA AYERS Biography
PMSS GIRLS’ OCTET 1936-1937