HUFF FAMILY

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography – Families

HUFF FAMILY, 1922 – 1963


TAGS: Huff Family; Pine Mountain Settlement School; Pine Mountain Community; PMSS workers; PMSS Boarding School students; PMSS Community School students; Marguerite Butler; School House I fire; Community Fair Day; children’s letters; PMSS homecomings; Alice Cobb; Edith Cold; weaving class; Christmas at Laurel House; West Wind Garland


Members of the Huff Family lived in the community of Pine Mountain since very early years. Many were among the students and workers at Pine Mountain Settlement School.

For additional assistance in locating histories of families in Eastern Kentucky see:

Harlan County, Kentucky Genealogy – FamilySearch Wiki


Huff Family: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PMSS COLLECTIONS

[NOTE: The following list is not chronological, but is in order of the first name of the first person mentioned in the paragraph.]

Marguerite Butler’s January 1919 letter to her mother (#046) described the burning of the first School House. Among the children who died in the fire was Alman (Almond?) Huff, who was described as Becky May’s brother. Later, Butler’s letter to her sister tells of the community residents who came to PMSS in the fire’s aftermath, including the Huff family:

The whole Huff family came and Mr. Huff was lovely. He insisted the bones be buried here, for Almond was our boy. Mrs. Huff said her one boy brought her only trouble and Almond was always good but she was happy she at least knew where Almond was. 1919 MARGUERITE BUTLER LETTERS, #061.

A list (page 3) of items & exhibitors at Community Fair Day included “53. Becky Jane Huff, gingerbread.” 1919 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY.

Marguerite Butler, in a letter to her family dated February 24, 1915, describes bath night for the little girls under her supervision as a housemother. Some of them signed their names to the letter, including Becky May (Huff). 1915 MARGUERITE BUTLER LETTERS, #22.

Becky May Huff’s handwritten letter of August 3, 1918,  is among the children’s writings that were saved by PMSS teachers and staff. CHILDREN WRITING I, #006.

In Becky May Huff (Sexton)’s evaluation of her PMSS education, she writes that she attended PMSS 1914-1926 at ages 7-19. She attended Berea College and is married and a housekeeper with one child. She wrote of her opinions and suggestions. BOARDING SCHOOL Alumni Reflections on Their Education 1936

Betty Huff is among the students in a photograph of the 1948 GRADUATING CLASS (see Gallery below).

Betty Huff and Gordon Nichols of Goshen, New York, were listed as attendees of the Homecoming on August 8-9, 1981. 1981 ALUMNI RELATIONS.

In a letter written in Spring 1916(?) to her sister, Marguerite Butler mentions two new students, Andy Turner and Carmen Huff, both age 15. She writes,

They are here on trial for a month having promised not to leave the school land so as to get “nary a drop of moonshine,” for they have been drinking frightfully. Miss Pettit is taking charge of their physical training and care, taking charge of their baths, etc., but has handed them to me for mental and moral training, They are two of the most interesting boys I ever worked with and I do think there are great prospects for them. 1916 MARGUERITE BUTLER LETTERS, #027.

As Alice Cobb prepared to leave her PMSS teaching position in June 1937, she wrote a letter describing her program at the DIvide, Kentucky, Sunday School. The letter was addressed to Edith Cold, another PMSS worker. Cobb listed three of the Sunday School attendees as Sarah Jane Huff and Goldie Huff, “Two quiet little girls who come occasionally”, and Mr. Bentley Huff. ALICE COBB STORIES Handing over Divide Sunday School….

Matthew Boggs, a longtime PMSS worker (1951-2014), was married to Mae Huff Boggs. They had 2 children, a boy and a girl, and lived in the Cabin on PMSS campus. BOGGS FAMILY.

Huff Family: IN PINE MOUNTAIN VALLEY COMMUNITY,  1934–1942

TITLE LAST NAME FIRST NAME DATE OF INFO SOURCE OF INFORMATION NOTES
Mr. & Mrs. Begley Oscar 1934 – 1942 MAP OF COMMUNITY RESIDENTS 1934 – 1942; COBB STORIES “Farewell…” Mrs. Mallie Huff Begley, Oscar’s wife
Mr. & Mrs. Huff Arthur 1934 – 1942 MAP OF COMMUNITY RESIDENTS 1934 – 1942
Mr. & Mrs. Huff James 1934 – 1942 MAP OF COMMUNITY RESIDENTS 1934 – 1942
Huff Becky May 1934 COBB STORIES “Hike to Napier…”
Mr. Huff Bentley 1937 COBB STORIES “Handing…” Children: Sara Jane & Goldie who attended Cobb’s Sunday School at Divide.

Huff Family: PMSS WORKERS, 1930-1948

LAST NAME FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME OTHER NAME JOB TITLE NOTES PMSS YEARS
Boggs Matthew Boggs, Matt Farm in 1940s; Grounds; Night Watchman 1973-1974; Teacher, Environmental Education 1987 – Summer 1990 Married Mae Huff Boggs, who died of cancer; 2 children, Donnie & girl; lived in the Cabin; As of 2008, was living in Charles & Ruth Smith Creech’s house, which was purchased by PMSS from the Creeches. Birth Date: Jan 13, 1930. 1951-2014
Huff Becky Mae (May?) Sexton, Mrs. Ova Teacher of Weaving 1930-1932
Nichols Gordon Teacher of Printing, Bible Married student, Betty Huff, Aug. 1948 1947-1948

Huff Family: PMSS BOARDING STUDENTS, 1922-1948

Huff Family: PMSS COMMUNITY SCHOOL STUDENTS, 1951-1963

LAST NAME – FIRST NAME – MI – DATE OF BIRTH – DATE OF RECORD

Huff Bobby 1946-02-04 1957

Huff Bonnie Lou 1949-05-20 1957

Huff Delma Katherine 1938-03-20 1951

Huff Dorothy 1941?    1954-04-?

Huff Geneva 1943-07-13 1954

Huff Hargis 1942-05-19 1955

Huff Harold 1940-05-15 1952

Huff Janice 1942-04-30 1955

Huff Maude Martha 1942-02-07 1953

Huff Mary Rose 1945-08-27 1959

Huff Millas 1940-09-23 1956

Huff Nancy 1939-01-25 1951

Huff Nella Christine 1945-01-11 1959

Huff Pauline 1940-11-21 1958

Huff Pete 1940-02-13 1954

Huff Richard 1944-07-04 1960

Huff Shirley 1948-06-06 1959

Huff Shirley Ann 1949-04-01 1963

Huff Shirley Francis 1948-06-06 1958

Huff Thelma Jean 1942-08-13 1956

Huff William Lloyd 1951-05-02 1951

Hughes Ronald W. 1940-11-09 1951


See Also:

ALICE COBB GUIDE TO WRITING, STORIES & LETTER COPIES

BECKY MAE HUFF Biography
BECKY MAE HUFF CORRESPONDENCE

BOGGS FAMILY

MAP OF COMMUNITY RESIDENTS 1934 – 1942

SHELL FAMILY

TURNER FAMILY

Return to:

GUIDE TO FAMILIES IN THE PINE MOUNTAIN VALLEY COMMUNITY


Huff Family: GALLERY

Title

Huff Family

Identifier

HUFF FAMILY

Creator

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Huff Family ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Pine Mountain community ; PMSS workers ; PMSS Boarding School students ; PMSS Community School students ; Marguerite Butler ; School House I fire ; Community Fair Day ; children’s letters ; PMSS homecomings ; Alice Cobb ; Edith Cold ; weaving class ; Christmas at Laurel House ; West Wind Garland ;

Subject LCSH

Huff Family.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Families — Kentucky.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.

Date

2018-08-09  aae

Publisher

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Contributor

n/a

Type

Collections ; text ; image ;

Format

Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet.

Source

Series 09: Biography – Families

Language

English

Relation

Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 09: Biography – Families

Coverage Temporal

1922 – 2018

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ;

Rights

Any 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.

Donor

n/a

Description

Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of the Huff Family ; clippings, photographs, books by or about the Huff Family ;

Acquisition

n/d

Citation

“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.

Processed By

Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;

Last Updated

Bibliography

Source(s)

”Huff.” GUIDE TO PMSS WORKERS 1913-2000s ; PINE MOUNTAIN VALLEY COMMUNITY RESIDENTS LIST 1910s-1940s ; GUIDE TO BOARDING SCHOOL STUDENTS, 1929-1949 ; COMMUNITY SCHOOL STUDENTS LIST Gi-Z. Series 09: Biography – Families. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

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