EGRE MANNING Student Staff

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography: Students & Staff
Series 19: Students
EGRE MANNING Student Staff 

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Student 1928-1932
Staff (Assistant Farmer) 1932-1933

TAGS: Egre Manning, students, PMSS Farm, agriculture, Tusculum College, Nashville Agricultural Normal School, Denmark, Danish Folk School, Glyn Morris, sociology

Egre Manning, a Pine Mountain Settlement School student from the coal camps of Harlan County, Kentucky, showed unusual potential. He found a strong supporter in Director Glyn Morris who gave the young and promising student his repeated attention and encouragement and worked diligently to find a place for Egre to continue his studies following his graduation from Pine Mountain Settlement School.

Egre Manning, Student, Staff: SCHOOL HISTORY


Egre Manning, Student, Staff: AFTER PINE MOUNTAIN

Glyn Morris was an advocate for Egre Manning following his graduation from Pine Mountain Settlement School in 1932. He had just served a short stint as the Assistant Farmer at the School and caught the attention of Morris for his good work. Morris’s correspondence, seeking to place Manning in college, speaks highly of Manning’s work and academic record at Pine Mountain and also to Morris’s advocacy for students.

From the letter asking for Manning’s admission to Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, to the later support he gave the former student in his 1932-1933 enrollment in the Nashville Agricultural Normal School in Madison, Tennessee, Morris advocated for his success.

Manning did well at the Nashville School but his work there was interrupted by a trip to Denmark to study agriculture in a Danish Folk School. This adventure was life-changing and led Egre into the field of sociology. Here, again, Morris supported his efforts and interests.

At the end of Egre’s 1933 semester at Nashville, and with the help of Morris, Egre Manning sought admittance to the University of Kentucky. Morris sent a letter to the registrar at University of Kentucky seeking admittance for Manning to take special courses in sociology. Morris explains it in this manner:

… [Manning] became interested in Danish Farming and the Folk schools, and having an opportunity to study this first hand he went to Denmark in January of this year [1934], and is at the present time concluding his work there. Mr. Manning will probably return to the United States before the fifteenth of September, and I am wondering if it would be possible for him to enter the University of Kentucky as a special student, not taking a regular course, and not as a candidate for a degree but studying Sociology and some Agriculture, doing practical work in your Agriculture department, and perhaps taking some kindred courses which the head of that department might suggest. While he would like to take the four-year course, Mr. Manning feels that he will not be financially able to do that, inasmuch as he has no outside support, and has earned his entire way through high school and college, for himself. He is also eager to come back to the mountains as soon as possible for Agriculture work.

This man has a deep regard for the problems of the mountains and through his efforts both as a student and worker here has gained our admiration. We are planning that within a year or so if possible, he is to take over a vacancy on our Farm staff. Any consideration which you may give will be deeply appreciated both by him and by us. If it is possible may I hear from you by Saturday?

Letter 1934-07-11 Glyn Morris to Mr. Ezra L Gillis, Registrar, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Egre Manning was born on February 19, 1913. Ultimately, Egre returned to his hometown. He died on December 16, 1997, at age 84 while residing in Loyall in Harlan County, Kentucky. He was married to Lillian Worley Manning (1914-2008). They had two children: a daughter, Egretta Manning Wells and a son, Dr. Renfro Clark Manning.

See Also: EGRE MANNING Correspondence
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AFTER RETRIEVAL AND ADDITION OF SCHOOL RECORD integrate all correspondence for Egre …. I have to go to PMSS to retrieve the student record. hhw.]


Erge Manning

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EGRE MANNING Student, Staff


Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.

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Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Erge Manning ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; students ; PMSS Farm ; agriculture ; Tusculum College ; Nashville Agricultural Normal School ; Denmark ; Danish Folk School ; Glyn Morris ; sociology ;Lillian Worley Manning; Egretta Manning Wells ; Dr. Renfro Clark Manning ;

Subject LCSH

Manning, Erge, — 1913-1997.
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.




Collections ; text ; image ;


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


Series 09: Biography – Students & Staff/Personnel.
Series 19: Students.




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

Coverage Temporal

1913 – 1997

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Greeneville, TN ; Madison, TN ; Denmark ; Lexington, KY ;


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Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of Erge Manning ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Erge Manning ;




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

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ERGE MANNING Correspondence.” Series 09: Biography – Students and Series 19: Students. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

“United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 9 October 2020), Egre Manning in entry for Mrs Lillian Worley Manning, Kentucky, United States, 28 Feb 2008; from “Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 – Today),” database, ( : 2014); citing Harlan Daily Enterprise, The, born-digital text. Internet resource.


Manning, Renfro C., M. D. Down from the Mountain Hardcover: Tales and Lessons of a Harley Rider from Appalachia., 2013. Print. 

SUMMARY: Dr. Renfro C. Manning shares tales and draws lessons from life growing up in Harlan County, Kentucky. These stories depict a time when Appalachia was filled with unique and often unbelievable characters–from bootleggers to snake handlers. Dr. Manning demonstrates how those formative experiences informed decision-making throughout his life and career as Superintendent of Schools in Virginia and South Carolina. [Source:]

Wells, Egretta. Old Ladies Are Antique Little Girls: Memories from an Antique Shop. LULU Publishing Services, 2015. Print.

SUMMARY: … Egretta, with another grandmother, opened a lively little corner antique shop in Okeechobee, Florida, where they met fascinating people from many walks of life. … Egretta Wells graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS degree in Art Education, minoring in Fine Art Painting and English. She has owned several retail businesses while pursuing a career in painting. …(Source: Google Books)

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