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

EMILY STORER, Community Worker, Medical Settlement 1919-1921

TAGS: Emily Storer, teachers, Medical Settlement, Big Laurel, community workers, Playhouse, Community House, Edith Storer

Emily Lyman Storer, U.S. passport application for a “pleasure” trip to Bermuda, November 26, 1915. [emily_storer_passport_edited.jpg]

“She’s a busy one! I think she’s perfectly splendid, in the way she goes ahead.” This brief praise about Emily Storer, a worker at the Pine Mountain Settlement School in the early 1900s, was in an unsigned letter to Katherine Pettit, dated February 14, 1920.

During her two years at Pine Mountain, 1919 through 1921, Miss Storer worked at the Medical Settlement at Big Laurel, one of the School’s extensions. According to Evelyn Wells’ record of extension work, the Playhouse at Big Laurel was built in 1920 with funds raised largely by Miss Emily Storer, the community worker at the time. It served as “a community center, gathering in the young people of the neighborhood for all sorts of good times and classes and Sunday School work.” It burned down in 1925 and was replaced by the larger and more efficient Community House.

After her time at Pine Mountain, Miss Storer often sent donations to the School and kept in touch with Ethel de Long Zande, the School’s co-director who had hired her. EMILY STORER CORRESPONDENCE provides not only images of Storer’s letters concerning her application for a position at the School in 1919, but also images of her later correspondence dated 1925 through 1927. In a letter dated April 29, 1926 (image #019a), Miss Storer writes of her appreciation and nostalgia for her PMSS experience:

I had almost forgotten how much I loved it all and the people. Everything is so genuine and true and the loyalty and devotion and ruggest strength of those people just makes one’s heart glad. It certainly is thrilling to see the changes for better in their lives and homes (apart from the horrible railroad side of it). It makes everything about Pine Mt. seem so wonderfully worthwhile and real.

Emily Storer to Ethel de Long Zande in a letter dated April 29, 1926

Miss Storer came to PMSS from Waltham, Massachusetts, the town where she was born on September 4, 1886. Her father was John Humphreys Storer Sr., a lawyer and real estate broker, and her mother, Edith Lyman (Paine) Storer. As of the 1900 U.S. Census, she had 5 siblings* and the household included six servants.

Emily Lyman Storer died in 1975 in Cambridge, MA, and was buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

*NOTE: In 1916-1917, a few years before Emily Storer’s Pine Mountain stay, Florence Edith Storer (1893-1962), also known as Mrs. Winfred C. Rhoades, was a teacher at Pine Mountain Settlement School. She is listed among Emily Lyman Storer’s siblings on findagrave.com. Her records at Pine Mountain were most likely destroyed in the Burkham I Schoolhouse fire. Florence Edith Storer became an important illustrator of children’s books.

The two sisters were associated with the estate of Robert Treat Paine, called Stonehurst at Waltham, MA. Robert Treat Paine is often described as the “Capitalist With a Conscience”, was a descendent of Robert Treat Paine, the signer of the Declaration of Independence. The landscaping at Stonehurst is the work of the noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The two sisters knew the estate well.

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EMILY STORER Correspondence

TitleEmily Storer
Alt. TitleEmily L. Storer, Emily Lyman Storer
CreatorPine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY
Alt. CreatorHelen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt
Subject KeywordEmily Storer, Emily L. Storer, Emily Lyman Storer, teachers,
Medical Settlement, Big Laurel, community
workers, Playhouse, Community House, Edith Storer
Subject LCSHEmily Storer, — 1886-1975.
Pine Mountain (Ky.) Settlement School — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
Date2019-06-06 aae
PublisherPine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY
TypeCollections ; text ; image ;
FormatOriginal and copies of documents and correspondence in
file folders in filing cabinet.
SourceSeries 09 Biography – Staff/Personnel
RelationIs related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School
Collections, Series 09 Biography – Staff/Personnel
Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ;
RightsAny 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.
DescriptionCore documents, correspondence, writings and
administrative papers created by or addressed to
Emily Storer; clippings, photographs, publications,
illustrations by or about Emily Storer.
Citation“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series
Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement
School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain
Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.
Processed ByHelen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;
Last Updated2019-06-06 aae ; 2019-08-19 aae ; 2020-09-07 hhw
, image 050 ; WELLS RECORD 12 PMSS Extension Work
; GUIDE TO PMSS WORKERS 1913-2000s. Series 09:
Biography – Staff/Personnel. Pine Mountain Settlement
School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement
School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLH-RZ9R : accessed
21 August 2019), Emily Lyman Storer; Burial, Cambridge,
Middlesex, Massachusetts, Mount Auburn Cemetery;
citing record ID 89466940, Find a Grave,
http://www.findagrave.com. Internet resource.

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, 
FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-
%2C1031862601%2C1034169501 : accessed 21 August 2019),
(Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records
Administration, n.d.) Internet resource.

“United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925,”
database with images, FamilySearch
: accessed 21 August 2019), (M1490)
Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 – March 31, 1925
(Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records
Administration, n.d.) Internet resource.