Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel

MABEL MUMFORD, Teacher at Coyle Branch School,
Line Fork Settlement, 1921-1922

TAGS: Mabel Mumford; Pine Mountain Settlement School; Line Fork Settlement; teachers; Coyle (Coil) Branch school; Sturgis, SD; Notes from Pine Mountain Settlement School; Mrs. Frank Miller; University of Chicago; Katherine Pettit;

Mabel Mumford worked out of Pine Mountain Settlement School’s extension at Line Fork Settlement, Gilley, Kentucky, as a teacher at the Coyle [Coil] Branch school in the years 1921 and 1922. She was from Sturgis, South Dakota.

The March 1922 issue of Notes from Pine Mountain Settlement School includes a mention of Miss Mumford in an article updating readers on Line Fork Settlement activities:

Since the closing of her school at Coyle Branch in February (1922), Miss Mabel Mumford has gone to the University of Chicago to study, that next year may mean more to the children in her school…. 

According to a letter to Katherine Pettit, dated February 15, 1922, Miss Mumford was studying at Chicago University for a Master’s Degree and writing “A Historical Sketch of the Educational Work in the Kentucky Mountains.”

Pine Mountain records indicate that she was also known as “Mrs. Frank Miller,” and had listed her home address as Marionville, Missouri.

The 1910 U.S. Census lists Mabel Mumford, age 5, as living in Sturgis, South Dakota, with her widowed mother, Flora M. Mumford (b. 1851), and brothers, George W. (b. 1889)  and Edgar (b. 1891). Miss Mumford was born in July 1884.


Mabel Mumford

Alt. Title

Mrs. Frank Miller




Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

 Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

 Subject Keyword

Mabel Mumford ; Mrs. Frank Miller ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; teachers ; teaching ; Line Fork Medical Settlement ; settlement schools ;  Coil [Coyle] Branch school ; Pine Mountain, KY ; Letcher County, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Gilley, KY ; Sturgis, SD ; Notes from the Pine Mountain Settlement School ; University of Chicago ; Marionville, MO ;

 Subject LCSH

Mumford, Mabel, — 1884 – ?.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.

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Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY




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Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet within the Pine Mountain Settlement School institutional archive


Series 9: Biography – Staff/Personnel ; Series 10: Built Environment – Line Fork Settlement ;




Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 9: Staff/Personnel and Series 14B: Medical — Line Fork Settlement

 Coverage Temporal

1851 – 1922

 Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Letcher County, KY ; Gilley, KY ; Sturgis, SD ; Chicago, IL ; Marionville, MO ;


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Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers, clippings, photographs, or books containing information on Mabel Mumford, a teacher at the Coil [Coyle] Branch School near Line Fork Settlement.




Miss Mabel Mumford Biography. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Records, Pine Mountain, KY

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2013-12-04 hhw ; 2018-03-29 aae ;



Notes from Pine Mountain Settlement School. 1.7 (March 1922): 4. Print.

“PMSS Staff Database.” Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Pine Mountain, KY. internet resource.

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch  ( : accessed 2018-03-29), South Dakota > Meade > ED 34 Sturgis Township Sturgis city Ward 1-3 > image 16 of 24; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). Internet resource.

Vanmeter, Martha. “Personal narrative of Martha Vanmeter.” Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Records. Pine Mountain, KY. Archival material.

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