Patsy Hall and David Martin Wedding. Joe Bramlett Album – David and Patsy (Hall) Martin wedding in the PMSS Chapel. Bridesmaid, Fern Hall Hayes to left and Jack Martin, best man, to far right. [bram_-46.jpg]
Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography
Series 19: Students


PMSS Student 1939 – 1944

TAGS: Flora Patsy Hall ; David Martin; Fern Hall Hayes; Enoch Hall, Jr.; Hall Family; Co-op; dancing; ballads; John C. Campbell Folk School; Glyn Morris; Gladys Morris; Pine Mountain Settlement School Alumni Association; alumni; student government;

Flora Patsy Hall attended Pine Mountain Settlement School from 1939 until 1944. She was a student who seemed to always hit the high marks and challenged others to do the same. She led by example. In 1944, as a Senior, she wrote the following poem for the student literary journal Pine Cone


Always when some part of our life has come to a close.
There is the silent recalling of the past—
Old acquaintances, books, classmates, laughter, sorrow—
All blending to make life;
Some find a joy in seeking out these treasured stores,
Viewing them with soft eyes and glowing faces;
Others dare not look over these fragments of yesterday,
For there is a sadness in knowing
These happy days Will not be lived again.
But I have thought today about the time
When I shall be looking back
At my days spent at Pine Mountain,
Pondering and weighing each part with care,
large and small
Friendships, disappointments, peace, love.
I used to think it would hurt;
Now I know it never will,
For I have had a fleeting look today—
At the path that lies ahead.

—Patsy Hall (Wife of David Martin)
Published in the PMSS Conifer 1944

It was a path that was, indeed, filled with friendships, peace and love all liberally sprinkled with the lessons she learned at Pine Mountain and felt compelled to share.  As President of the PMSS Alumni Association in the 1980’s Pat Hall Martin continued to engage alumni of the School and to bring alumni back to Pine Mountain for reunions. Her years at the School stretched across some of the most important transitional years for the School.

Under Director, Glyn Morris the School moved into a very Progressive educational direction. Not only were students mapped to their abilities, but were encouraged to reach beyond their expectations. Every student was charged with their own progress and for reporting that progress in writing for their families and for the staff at the settlement school.

Flora Patsy Hall (2nd from lft), to her rt. is Bonnie Ayers — singing ballads for Mutual Broadcasting Company, c. 1942.

Patsy, as she was often called by family, many times wrote vividly of her work and love of the School and her comments are scattered across the literature of the institution. She was a regular attendee of the annual alumni events and helped to organize many of them as a Chair of the Alumni Association.  Her school record, her alumni activity and various correspondence are found in FLORA PATSY HALL Correspondence.

Following her graduation from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, a small private liberal arts college just outside Chicago, IL, and additional work for a Master’s in Education, Pat taught school in rural Indiana for the remaining career years.  She always had a preference for the Primary grades, and her skills and dedication were recognized by many and carried over into her large extended family. Her five children all had remarkable lives and careers and their children all aimed for the high mark their mothers and grandmother pulled from that early educational push deep in the Kentucky mountains.

And, she never lost her skill to turn out the best chicken and dumplings in her family and to pass that skill along.




Flora Patsy Hall

Alt. Title

Patsy Hall
Patsy Hall Martin




Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Flora Patsy Hall ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Viper, Kentucky; boarding schools; Appalachian settlement schools: Progressive education; Pine Mountain Settlement School Alumni Association;

Subject LCSH

Hall, Flora Patsy.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.


1942 – present


Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY




Collections ; text ; image ;


Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in Student Records, Series 19 (West Wind files)


Series 19: Students




Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series19: Students. Biography, Series 09: David Martin; Fern Hall Hayes;

Coverage Temporal

1942- present

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ;


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.




Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of Flora Patsy Hall ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Flora Patsy Hall ;




“Flora Patsy Hall”, Series 19: Student Files Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.

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Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;

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