Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 19: Students

HOWARD FAMILY as Students, 1920s & 1930s

TAGS: Howard Family ; PMSS Boarding School students ; Nora Howard ; Harriet Howard ; Hattie Howard ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Partridge, KY ; education ; Ethel de Long Zande ; Katherine Pettit ; Wallins Creek, KY ; Berea (KY) College ;

HOWARD FAMILY: PMSS Boarding School Students, 1920s & 1930s

“Howard” is a common name in Eastern Kentucky. The Howards who attended Pine Mountain Settlement School in the 1920s and 1930s include the following:

Howard, Adrain Jack
Howard, Austin
Howard, Axie J.
Howard, Beacher
Howard, Oneil
Howard, Billy Eugene
Howard, Billy (Wm.)
Howard, Callie 1926-29
Howard, Calvin
Howard, Cam and Hulda 1919-25, 1935
Howard, Dixie 1927-28
Howard Family
Howard, Gus Charles Petrie
Howard, Genevieve
Howard, Georgia Rose
Howard, Harriet (“Hattie”) 1921 – 1928 [?]
Howard, Hazel & Mary 1922
Howard, Iris
Howard, Jacky
Howard, Mary E.
Howard, Mary Theda
Howard, Miller
Howard, Noel
Howard, Nora 1921 – 1928 [?]
Howard, Oral
Howard, U.S. 1921-22

HOWARD FAMILY: Nora Howard and Harriet Howard

The Howard Family folder contains information about Nora Howard and Harriet “Hattie” Howard who were students at Pine Mountain Settlement School during the Boarding School years in the early 1920s. They were born at Partridge, Kentucky, and lived for a time in Wallins Creek [Wallins Point ?], Kentucky, and other locations, where their father, John N. Howard, worked as a farmer and a miner. Their mother Margaret Jane Jenkins Howard, kept house.

The folder largely contains correspondence regarding an incident that occurred on a vacation the two girls took down Cutshin [?], or to Wooten Creek, near the School. The events of the vacation are disputed by the girls. Many letters that were written by Nora, Hattie, and their parents, as well as by Ethel de Long Zande and Katherine Pettit, staff at the School, detail the events. The disagreement regarding the incident was apparently resolved successfully as both girls completed the Pine Mountain School program and went on to attend Berea College.

Their records show two very bright and socially gregarious girls who established strong connections with the staff at the School, particularly Ethel de Long Zande and Katherine Pettit. They sometimes challenged the staff with their curiosity and social interests and their record is a testimony to the struggle of young women as they asserted their independence from family as well as the institutional authority during the years of the Roaring Twenties. It is their will to learn and their successes that, however, ultimately remain from their record. Both went on to successful careers and lives.