CHLOE SMITH BUNCH Student Staff

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel
Series 19: Students
CHLOE SMITH BUNCH Student Staff

CHLOE SMITH BUNCH Student Staff
Student 1931 – 1935
Assistant Dietitian 1933 – 1938
Weaving Instructor at the Medical Settlement 1938 -1939


TAGS: Chloe Smith Bunch, Gola Smith, dietitians, weaving instructors, students, home economics, Laurel House kitchen, Glyn Morris, Medical Settlement Big Laurel, Anna Anderson, Dye Pot and Loom Weaving, Hayes T. Bunch, WWII, Victory Gardens


1248 “Gola and Cloa [Chloe] Smith.” [VI_39_1248_mod.jpg]

[NOTE: Letters and other papers in the PMSS Collections show various spellings of Chloe’s first name: Chloe, Cloe, Chloa, and Cloa. For clarity and consistency, the name “Chloe” is used on this page.]

In 1931, two sisters named Gola and Chloe Smith left their home on Leatherwood Creek in Perry County, Kentucky, and traveled fourteen miles by horseback to begin their new lives as students at Pine Mountain Settlement School.

CHLOE SMITH BUNCH Student Staff: At Pine Mountain

At Pine Mountain, Chloe Smith studied home economics and assisted in the Laurel House kitchen, graduating in 1935 along with her sister Gola. As part of the requirements of her course, Chloe served her graduation dinner to the director, Gyn Morris, and his wife Gladys. The PMSS Office secretary and publicist, Alice Cobb, was the one guest that Chloe was permitted to invite. Cobb wrote that “we had such a good time.”

Chloe’s file in the PMSS Collections holds correspondence from Chloe to Morris, dated July 1936, indicating that she spent at least that summer at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.

After Chloe graduated from Pine Mountain, she was hired as assistant dietitian in the Laurel House kitchen and dining room, a tribute to her strong background and cooking skills. Glyn Morris, in his 1936 outline of a walking tour of the School’s vocational programs, wrote:

“Last of all, we reach Laurel House and find Cloa (sic) in charge of the kitchen where girls under her direction are preparing the food for the entire school of 120 persons. Chloe has studied cooking for four years, and during the past year has had intensive training in planning diets, and menus. …Chloe is not a student, but she has a wonderful knack for cooking and has moved up into a position as assistant to the school Dietitian, with the full charge on the Dietitian’s free days. Next year she will return as a full-time worker in the kitchen.”

During Chloe’s final year with the School, 1938 to 1939, she worked at one of PMSS’s satellite services, Big Laurel Medical Settlement as a weaving instructor with Anna Anderson, also a former PMSS student who graduated in 1937. Together, they operated the Dye Pot and Loom Weaving establishment at Big Laurel, providing weaving instruction to members of the surrounding community.

CHLOE SMITH BUNCH Student Staff: After Pine Mountain

In the spring of 1940 Chloe Smith married Hayes T. Bunch, a Harlan County teacher, in the School’s Chapel. For the first few months of their marriage they lived at the Medical Settlement. Two years later, Alice Joy Keith, PMSS science teacher, 1941-1944, visited the Bunches in Loyall, Kentucky, and wrote about them in a letter:

“Spent the night with Chloe & Hayes Brunch in a lovely residence section of Loyal (sic). All little white cottages set well back in well-kept lawns with alternate lots set to Victory gardens. Hayes’ garden stands out phenomenally among wonderful ones far ahead of ours. Chloe has been canning beans already! … We walked the little streets under catalpa trees … typical American Village to make one proud. Hayes won his arm band for Air Raid Warden last night.

The two sisters who attended Pine Mountain Settlement School as boarding students were known to be very close, as described in the Pine 1943 Mountain Family Album (page 10). However, they followed very different careers. While Chloa became the School’s dietitian and later a weaving instructor, Gola studied at Eastern State Teachers College, Richmond, Kentucky, and then served as a teacher in a county near Harlan County.

An undated letter from Chloe to Arthur Dodd, the School principal, responded to Dodd’s invitation to work again at Pine Mountain. She wrote to Dodd: “If Hayes is drafted before school starts, Barbara Hayes [her daughter] and I would be interested in living at Pine Mountain. There is no place we would rather be than at Pine Mountain with my best friends.”

There is no evidence in the staff records that she returned to Pine Mountain. However, Hayes was eventually drafted, as indicated by a greeting card to the School from Pvt. Hayes Bunch, U.S. Army at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.

CHLOE SMITH BUNCH Student Staff: Family Background

Chloe Smith was born on September 8, 1916, in Letcher County, Kentucky. Her parents were Lemuel Paris Smith and Laura (Miniard) Smith. Chloe died in March of 1980 in Loyall, Harlan County, Kentucky.

Chloe and Hayes Bunch had at least two children: Barbara Hayes Bunch, born December 6, 1942, in Harlan, Kentucky, and Paula M. Bunch born in 1951 in Harlan.

Hayes T. Bunch was born on July 2, 1915, in Harlan, Kentucky. He died in December 1970 in Harlan.

Gola Smith was born on July 1, 1915. She married Charles R. Moony in 1943 and they had at least two children, Velma C. Mooney and Anita L. Mooney. Gola Smith Mooney died on December 18, 2009.



See Also: CHLOE SMITH BUNCH Correspondence


 

Title

Chloe Smith Bunch

Alt. Title

Chloe Smith ; Chloe Bunch ; Cloe ; Chloa ; Cloa ; Mrs. Hayes Bunch ; 

Identifier

CHLOE SMITH BUNCH Student Staff

Creator

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Chloe Smith Bunch ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ;  Gola Smith ; dietitians ; weaving instructors ; students ; home economics ; Laurel House kitchen ; Glyn Morris ; Medical Settlement Big Laurel ; Anna Anderson ; Dye Pot and Loom Weaving ; Hayes T. Bunch ; WWII ; Victory Gardens ; Barbara Hayes Bunch ; 

Subject LCSH

Bunch, Chloe Smith, — 1915 – 1980.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.

Date

2021-04-11 aae (reused a page originally for EPHEMERA, published 2019-01-16 by hw)

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 – Staff/Personnel and Series 19: Students.

Language

English

Relation

Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel and Series 19: Students.

Coverage Temporal

1915 – 2009

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Leatherwood, KY ; Perry County, KY ; Letcher County ; Loyall, KY ; Camp A. Herbury, IN ; 

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 Chloe Smith Bunch ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Chloe Smith Bunch ;

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

Sources

ALICE COBB STORIES Pre-Christmas…1934 ; PMSS WORKERS 1913 – 2000s Guide ;  THE PINE CONE 1938 November ; LIST OF BOARDING SCHOOL STUDENTS by Graduating Class ; ANNA WULF PISHZAK Correspondence II ; EDUCATION 1936 Pine Mountain’s Industrial Courses ; ANNA ANDERSON Staff Student ; ALICE JOY KEITH Correspondence ; 1943 PINE MOUNTAIN 1943 Family Album ; CHLOE SMITH BUNCH Correspondence. Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel and Series 19: Students. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

“Kentucky, Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999,” database, FamilySearch  (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKHJ-PV88 : accessed 2021-04-11), Laura Miniard in entry for Cloa Smith, 08 Sep 1916; citing Birth, Letcher, Kentucky, United States, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. Internet resource.

“Kentucky, Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKHR-QD6K : accessed 2021-04-11), Gola Smith in entry for Anita L Mooney, 10 Oct 1947; citing Birth, Perry, Kentucky, United States, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. Internet resource.

“Kentucky, Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKHY-GTY6 : accessed 2021-04-11), Chloe Smith in entry for Paula M Bunch, 1951; citing Birth, Harlan, Kentucky, United States, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. Internet resource.

“Kentucky, Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKH2-3C2Y : accessed 2021-04-11), Chloe Smith in entry for Barbara H Bunch, 06 Dec 1942; citing Birth, Harlan, Kentucky, United States, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. Internet resource.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7TW-TX9 : 9 January 2021), Hayes Bunch in household of Glynn Morris, Magisterial District 4, Harlan, Kentucky, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 48-33, sheet 61A, line 7, family 416, S Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1314. Internet resource.

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