Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: BIOGRAPHY – Trustees
Viola Sullivan Stiles, Trustee 1914-1920
Mrs. Russell Stiles (1889-?)



Viola Sullivan Stiles (Mrs. Russell Stiles), PMSS Trustee, 1914-1920

TAGS: Viola Sullivan Stiles Trustee, Mrs. Russell Stiles, PMSS Board of Trustees, General Advisory Board, Executive Committee, Katherine Pettit, Ethel de Long, Elizabeth Hench

Miss Viola Sullivan (later, Mrs. Russell Stiles) was among the original Trustees of the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Her first term of office, selected by lot, was for three years. Her service was evidently extended, as records show her as a Trustee at least until 1920.

When the General Advisory Board was created at the end of 1913, the School’s first year, Miss Sullivan was one of its 12 members. The members had been appointed by the Executive Committee composed of the School’s co-founders, Katherine Pettit and Ethel de Long. The General Advisory Board, which included all members of the original Board of Trustees, had “the power to direct and shape the policies of the school, to vote at all Board meetings, and to control the actions of the Board of Trustees,” according to a report written by the Board’s secretary, Elizabeth Hench, concerning the first annual meeting of the PMSS Board of Trustees, January 3, 1914, in Lexington, Kentucky.

From the General Advisory Board, the School’s seven legal representatives were elected. This Board of Trustees was “the entity required by the State of Kentucky to form the corporation, and to give it legal standing.” Miss Sullivan was again included.

Miss Sullivan was present at that first annual Board meeting in Lexington, Kentucky.

See also GOVERNANCE Articles of Incorporation. For current bylaws concerning the governance of Pine Mountain Settlement School, go to GOVERNANCE Bylaws.

VIOLA SULLIVAN: Family Background

Viola Marvin Sullivan was born on June 19, 1889, in Somerville, Massachusetts, daughter of William Dunning Sullivan (Harvard 1884) and Alice W. (Hayward) Sullivan. She attended Smith College in Northampton, MA.

On June 19, 1916, Miss Sullivan married Russell Stiles, a New York City lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College. He was born c. 1888 in Crestwood, New York, to Sumner B. Stiles and Harriet H. (Goodwin) Stiles.

According to the 1930 U.S. Census, Viola and Russell Stiles lived in Scarsdale, New York. They had three children, all born in New York: David Stiles (age 11), William Sumner Stiles (6) and Ruth Hayward Stiles (9).

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Title Viola Sullivan Stiles
Alt. Title Mrs. Stiles ; Mrs. Russell Stiles ; Viola Sullivan Stiles ;
Viola Stiles ; Viola Marvin Sullivan ;
Creator Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY
Alt. Creator Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt
Subject Keyword Viola Sullivan ; Mrs. Russell Stiles ; Viola
Sullivan Stiles ; Viola Stiles ; Viola Marvin
Sullivan ; PMSS Board of Trustees ;
General Advisory Board ; Executive
Committee ; Katherine Pettit ;
Ethel de Long ; Elizabeth Hench ;
Subject LCSH Stiles, Viola M. (Sullivan), — 1889 – ?
Pine Mountain (Ky.) Settlement School — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
Date 2019-09-23 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 – Trustees
Language English
Relation Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School
Collections, Series 09: BIOGRAPHY – Trustees.
1888 – 1920
Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ;
Winchester, MA ; Northampton, MA ;
Crestwood, NY ; New York, NY ; Scarsdale, NY ;
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 created by or addressed to
Viola (Sullivan) Stiles; clippings, photographs, publications,
illustrations by or about Viola (Sullivan) Stiles.
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  
Sources “Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920,”
database with images, FamilySearch
( :
accessed 24 September 2019), Russell Stiles
and Viola M Sullivan, 19 Jun 1916; citing Marriage,
Winchester, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States,
certificate number 58, page 925, State Archives, Boston.
Internet resource.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images,
FamilySearch (
1:X4GJ-JYW : accessed 23 September 2019),
Viola Stiles in household of Russell Stiles, Scarsdale,
Westchester, New York, United States;
citing enumeration district (ED) ED 345, sheet 11A,
line 3, family 238, NARA microfilm publication T626
(Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records
Administration, 2002), roll 1665; FHL microfilm
2,341,399. Internet resource.

“Viola Sullivan ; Mrs. Russell Stiles.” PMSS Boards of
Trustees GUIDE
1919 First Meeting Held at the School. Series 09:
BIOGRAPHY – Trustees. Pine Mountain Settlement
School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain
Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.