1918 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 15: CELEBRATIONS:  ANNUAL EVENTS

1918 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY 


TAGS: 1918 : Community Fair Day ; Farmer’s Meetings ; farmers ; Community Fair Days ; fairs ; Fair Day ; Harlan County, KY ; J.M. Feltner ; 4-H Club ; Wilson Lewis ; Dillon, KY ; Chad Lewis ; C,N. Manning ; Security Trust Company, Lexington, KY ; University of Kentucky Experiment Station ; Thomas J. Cooper, Dean ; Hindman Settlement School ;  foodways ; May Stone ; Doc Pratt ; Ruth Huntington ; Professor German ;


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  1.   September 10, 1918. Katherine Pettit to May Stone. Requests that Hindman share their farmer, Doc Pratt to come to Pine Mountain for the September fair to talk to the community and if he would : tell just what he has done and how he has done it, to make your [Hindman’s] farm pay…”  She advises Director Stone that she has written to Dean Cooper the new Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station for the University of Kentucky and “…explaining the work Doc Pratt did for the Station under Professor German’s direction, and asking him if the Station would be willing to send Doc Pratt to us if he could come. She requests a report of expenses for sharing Pratt. She also invites May Stone to come to PMSS and bring alon Miss Huntington [Ruth Huntington]..
  2.   September 10, 1918.  Katherine Pettit to J.M. Feltner, Club Agent (4-H Club ?], London, Kentucky,  asking him if he could come “to talk about your club work and farming and growing of stock to our neighbors?”
  3.   September 10, 1918. Katherine Pettit to Mr. C.N. Manning, Security Trust Company, Lexington, KY.
    “Aren’t you and Mrs. Maning coming up to our fair the last Saturday in September? And may we count on you to make a speech?
    Please come if you possibly can, and let me know right away. Tell Mrs. Manning we are so anxious to have her come, “
  4.  September 10, 1918.  Kathrine Pettit to Dr. Thomas J. Cooper, Dean of the Experiment Station, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.  Pettit is responding to Cooper’s letter of August 7 that he will be coming to Pine Mountain. She invites him to come and stay for the fall of September 28th. She suggests that he get directions from Thompson Bryant for travel. She describes a recent visit by a man from the Experiment Station who “was an uneducated but practical and hard-working mountain man. By working under the direction of the Station, he became very efficient. He is now the farmer for the Hindman School and made their farm pay twelve percent last year. We have wished that he could come over and tell the farmers of this community just what he does, and how he does it. It seems to me that that would be more benefit than the inexperienced men from the Station. What do you think of it? Would the Statio be willing to send him, instead of someone else?”   She goes on to describe the funding issues of Pine Mountain Settlement School. She promises to determine the costs associated with his coming to Pine Mountain.
  5.  September 21, 1918. Letter from Katherine Pettit to Dr. Thomas J. Cooper, Dean, Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station, Lexington, KY.
    “My dear Dr. Cooper: 
    Thank you most heartily for offering to send us somebody to speak at our Community Fair. 
    Pikeville is a long and expensive journey from here. We are very much nearer Lexington. We shall be glad indeed to have any of the three men you offer. Professor Mathews has often said he would like to come. “