FAYE TRAIL DEATON

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 19: Students
Series 20: Alumni & Alumni Relations

FAYE TRAIL DEATON

Faye Trail Deaton:
Student, 1942-1946
Member, PMSS Association of Friends & Alumni, 1970s-1980s


TAGS: Faye Trail Deaton ; Pine Mountain Settlement School Class of 1946 ; John H. Deaton ; poets ; writers ; PMSS students ;  Association of Friends and Alumni ; homecomings ; coal mining camps ; writings by Faye Trail Deaton ;


Faye Trail (Deaton) was among the Class of 1946 graduates of the Pine Mountain Settlement School. She and her husband, John H. Deaton, also a former PMSS student, remained connected to the School through their work with the Association of Friends and Alumni and attendance at homecomings in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the Homecoming Report of 1986, “Ebb” Ayers Howard described memories of her classmates in a list of “Reflections.” She wrote this about Faye Trail Deaton: “My life time friend; very talented and warm, doting grandmother now. Hasn’t changed a bit from first grade.”

For the 1986 Homecoming Report, Faye submitted “A Pine Mountain Trail,” in which she described how her time at the Pine Mountain Settlement School had influenced her life:

A PINE MOUNTAIN TRAIL

This year we were asked to bring something from our Pine Mountain years for “Show and Tell”. Pursuant of that, I searched through my small collection of memorabilia — old Pine Cones, Conifers, George Washington Ball dance cards, a letter postmarked Great Lakes, Illinois, 1945 from a young sailor named John Deaton. And there, folded neatly, were half a dozen letters written by Mr. [Arthur W.] Dodd that had been enclosed with letters of my own to my parents. Pine Mountain’s report card. In the first letter, dated December 1942, was the statement “One person who knows Faye best says she is chronically “agin” nearly every thing and everybody.” I read that part of the letter again and then stopped to consider it, going back in my mind to those first months at Pine Mountain. I had to concede that those words were true. Why?

I had come from a situation at home that had required me to cope with problems from the age of twelve that would have bested many adults. My mother had ceased to be a mother and had become a child. The responsibility of feeding, bathing, dressing and looking after her fell to me. I tried to assume the running of a household. I was overwhelmed. When I discovered that my mother’s “strange sickness” had become a source of gossip in the community — humiliation was added to my troubles. I reacted to this new hurt by becoming angry and defensive. Thus — I came to Pine Mountain. That place where the beauty soothed, where the good and gentle workers took the raw edges [off] my being and with their teaching, encouragement, praise and caring, helped me reshape my world.

That, Pine Mountain, is one of the reasons I love you.
Faye Trail Deaton

Senior Class of 1946. Front row: Millard Selvey, David Martin, Lester Centers, Frank Richards, Jerry LaRue. Second row: Nelle Jones, Genella Boggs, Hazel Kilgore, Bill Tye, Shirley Holbrook, Dr. Clark Bailey, Evelyn Ayers, Maxine Moses, Coleen Day, Glen Brown, Jeanette Lucus, Faye Trail. [nace_1_042b.jpg]

Senior Class of 1946. Front row: Millard Selvey, David Martin, Lester Centers, Frank Richards, Jerry LaRue. Second row: Nelle Jones, Genella Boggs, Hazel Kilgore, Bill Tye, Shirley Holbrook, Dr. Clark Bailey, Evelyn Ayers, Maxine Moses, Coleen Day, Glen Brown, Jeanette Lucus, Faye Trail. [nace_1_042b.jpg]


Frances Faye Trail was born in 1928 in Twila, Kentucky. Throughout the 1930s she and her family lived in the coal mining camp in Harlan County. She had one sibling, a brother who was three years older. Faye’s mother, Viola Masin Trail, was born c. 1907 in Ohio. Her father, Wiley Trail, was from Tennessee. At age 34, he was working as a machine operator in a coal mine according to the 1940 United States Census.

Faye and her husband raised two sons. During the 1970s and 1980s, Fay and John Deaton lived in Morristown, Tennessee. See “Bibliography” below for a partial list of books and poems written by Faye Trail Deaton.


See also: JOHN H. DEATON Biography


Title

Faye Trail Deaton

Alt. Title

Faye Trail ; Faye Deaton ; Mrs. John H. Deaton

Identifier

FAYE TRAIL DEATON

Creator

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Faye Trail Deaton ; Faye Trail ; Faye Deaton ; Mrs. John H. Deaton ; Frances Faye Trail ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; PMSS Class of 1946 ; John H. Deaton ; poets ; writers ; Association of Friends and Alumni ; homecomings ; PMSS alumni ; “Ebb” Ayers Howard ; Arthur W. Dodd ; Viola Masin Trail ; Wiley Trail ; coal mining camps ; books by Faye Trail Deaton ; poetry by Faye Trail Deaton ;

Twila, Kentucky ; Morristown, TN

Subject LCSH

Deaton, Faye Trail –1928 – [?].
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Boarding schools — Kentucky.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
American poetry — 20th century.

Date

2016-05-27

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 and Series 20: Alumni and Alumni Relations.

Language

English

Relation

Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 19: Students and Series 20: Alumni and Alumni Relations.

Coverage Temporal

1928 – 1980s

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Twila, KY ; Morristown, 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 Faye Trail Deaton ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Faye Trail Deaton ;

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

2016-05-27 aae ;

Sources

Deaton, Faye Trail. “A Pine Mountain Trail.” PMSS Homecoming Report, 1986. Page 7. 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:K7T4-XJS : accessed 26 May 2016), Fay Trail in household of Wiley Trail, Magisterial District 7, Harlan, Kentucky, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 48-46, sheet 2B, family 35, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1314. Internet resource.

Bibliography

Bibliography

Deaton, Faye T. “Faye Trail Deaton Collection of Papers.” Appalachian State University, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Archives. 2003. Print.

Consists of one loose poem (“Puppeteer”) written by Faye Trail Deaton and a corresponding letter briefly describing its origins.

Deaton, Faye T. “Gently Blows the Wind.” Place of publication not identified: publisher not identified, 1990. Print.

Deaton, Faye Trail. “Lalla’s Christmas.” Appalachian Heritage, Vol 17, No. 4, Fall 1989, pp. 7-11. UNC Press. Print.

Deaton, Faye T. “Tossed by the Wind: Poems.” United States: F.T. Deaton, 2003. Print.

Deaton, Faye Trail. “My Dadd’s Hat” and “By the Fireside” in CONIFER, May 1945. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

Deaton, Faye T. “View from a Grapevine Swing.” Place of publication not identified: Xlibris Corporation, 2001. Print.

A collection of stories about life in a Kentucky coal mining camp in the 1930’s as remembered by the author when she was a young girl in Harlan County, Kentucky.


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