Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel
Series 04: Pine Mountain Settlement School Histories
Series 13: Education & Educational Programs
WELLS RECORD 15 PMSS Athletics 1913-1928
TAGS: Wells Record 15 PMSS Athletics 1913-1928 ; Evelyn K. Wells ; athletics ; history ; records ; athletes ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; hiking ; Red Bird ; Wooten ; Lynch ; Benham ; Evarts ; gymnastics ; basketball ; Tri-School meet ; Athletics Association ; games ; competitions ;
Evelyn K. Wells, a PMSS worker, recorded the history of early attempts to establish athletic programs at Pine Mountain Settlement School, including competitive engagements with regional sports teams, during the years of 1913-1928.
In the early years, efforts at consistent training in Athletics and Gymnastics were sporadic. We felt that the subject was so important that it was better to let it go than have it badly done. Scout leaders and summer workers played with the children trying to infuse team spirit into our very independent young people; but the school could not afford a full-time gymnasium teacher, the work of the early years was so heavy that there seemed to be no time for organized classes, and when the school family was still small, it was possible to get our exercise in mountain expeditions and other ways.
Since 1923, however, there have been regular classes for the girls, and for the boys since 1924. Demonstrations of their work have shown an improvement in technique and team-work that has impressed those of us who have followed the development in the children since early days, though it might seem a feeble beginning to workers used to schools where such work has been going on for years.
In 1926 the first attempt at a Tri-School meet was held at Pine Mountain the two other teams coming from Red Bird and Wooten. Red Bird carried off the honors. The next year Pine Mountain went to Red Bird, but Wooten was unable to get there. There are great difficulties at present about putting through such a scheme, in spite of its desirable points. Planning a thirty-mile trip on foot through country that may be impassable if it rains, for one basketball game, is a good deal to attempt. Many inter-school games have been played by our boys with teams at Evarts, Lynch Benham, Red Bird, etc. The Athletic Association was organized in 1925, and the first school letters were awarded in 1928.
EVELYN K. WELLS Biography
EVELYN K. WELLS GUIDE TO ADMINISTRATIVE CORRESPONDENCE
RECORD OF PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL 1913-1928
(INDEX of the early in-depth history of Pine Mountain Settlement School in 22 sections, gathered by Evelyn K. Wells from 1913 to 1928)
3. Year by Year [Construction, Workers, Gifts, Children, Events, etc.]
12. Extension Work
18. Religious Life
19. The Road
22. List of Workers
EVELYN K. WELLS PUBLICATIONS
Wells, Evelyn K. The Ballad Tree: A Study of British and American Ballads, Their Folklore, Verse and Music, Together with Sixty Traditional Ballads and Their Tunes. New York: Ronald Press, 1950. Print.
[See Bibliography below for a listing of additional publications.]
EVELYN K. WELLS “A Little True Blue American,” Over Sea and Land: Our Southern Mountains, November 1920, p. 140.
EVELYN K. WELLS TALKS
EVELYN K. WELLS PMSS Harvard University talk, on Folk Music. July 21, 1955