Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 13: Education & Educational Programs
Series 19: Students
EDUCATION Community and Children’s Writing Transcriptions IIIE
Published 2021-07-02 aae
EDUCATION Community and Children’s Writing TRANSCRIPTIONS IIIE
Samples 41-58, 1921-1950
TAGS: education, community and children’s writing, transcriptions III, teachers, humor, Marguerite Butler, Fair Day, Margaret Motter, thank-you notes, Dorothy Nace, Burton Rogers, Victrolas, weaving, John Philip Sousa, poetry, narratives, religion
See EDUCATION Community and Children’s Writing IIIE for IMAGES of letters 41 through 58.
EDUCATION Community and Children’s Writing I Samples 1-20, 1915-1945 – Excerpts and images.
EDUCATION Community and Children’s Writing: TRANSCRIPTIONS I – Full transcriptions of writings in Part I.
EDUCATION Community and Children’s Writing II Samples 21-40, 1914-1925.
EDUCATION Community and Children’s Writing TRANSCRIPTIONS II – Full transcriptions of samples 21-40.
EDUCATION Community and Children’s Writing Transcriptions III:
Letters, narratives, and poetry written by students, parents, and teachers
[NOTE: Transcriptions have been slightly edited, but most misspellings have been kept intact. All writings are handwritten and from Pine Mountain unless indicated otherwise. Go here for IMAGES of the writings that are transcribed on this page. The following list of transcriptions are in order of the image numbers.]
41a-41b. Maudie Creech to Miss [Marguerite] Butler, May 23, 1921, two pages.
[41a] Pine Mountain, Ky.
May 23, 1921
Dear Miss Butler:
I wish you was here to see the pretty laurels. The whole hill side is just pink with them.
I am at home now and we are having a time getting corn planted. The sun is so hot you can’t hardly work. It makes you feel so lazy.
The graduation was awful pretty. Only hope we can have as good graduation next year. The girls all looked so nice in their white dresses and pink and blue sashes and we had such [a] pretty May Pole.
Yes, Grant stayed at Pine Mountain and is still working for Mr. [Luigi] Zande. I think he is planning on going to school at Pine [41b] Mountain this year.
Mama and Papa is trying to manage to send Kermit to school this year at Pine Mountain.
I want to see Miss Parkinson awful bad for she was so good to me while I was sick.
Miss Butler, I have you to thank many times for getting me to go to Pine Mountain to school for I wouldn’t knew half what I do if I hadn’t went. I love Pine Mountain. Don’t you?
Jeanett[e] is the fattest baby you ever saw. She weigh[s] twenty-two pound and half.
I miss Sunday school so bad since I come home.
With love to you and your mother. Give Miss [Ruth B.] Gaines my love if you go to see her.
42a-42d. Delia [Creech] to Miss Butler, Aug. 26, 1922, four pages.
[42a] Pine Mountain, Ky.
August 26th [Notation: 1922]
My dear Miss Butler,
The Victrola is at rest at present almost the first time since it arrived. I wish you could have been here when it arrived. I hardly think Oma [Creech] touched the floor twice the evening it came. I have longed for time enough to write you. But Mother has been here this wk & I have been mighty busy & hasn’t been at all well. I guess Miss Gain[e]’s told you all the news. I shall be very glad to hear from you anytime.
I hope you got Oma’s letter. The Victrola was more than she expected it to be. But she is just as proud as can be of it & we all thank you very much for taking the trouble on your busy self to do. I think the records are such nice ones & we all enjoy them, altho they are played to an extreme. Charles & Wilmer likes to hear the clocks best of all. I wish you weren’t going across to Denmark. Uncle Calvin said he “didn’t see why as smart a person as you were going to Denmark & that he considered we (our country) was far ahead of Denmark in the way of education.” Do you think this will hold [042b] you a whole year? I think the most is a truth. But Miss Gain[e]s think[s] you will have to come back & get [?]lowed[?] up again before going away for a year. Miss [Anne Ruth] Metcalf [sic, Medcalf] came over on Queen last wk. & Henry [Henry C. Creech] put a new set of shoes on her. She seems to be looking all right yet. But as good as Miss Metcalf is, it just seems that you ought to be the one to ride Queen. It seemed so funny to have another person riding her.
Oma has Grannie’s loom moved to the storehouse & set up & her warp in. She hopes to be entirely ready to weave by the middle of next wk. I want her to have her four blankets finished by the fair. She has orders for three, yours, Mrs. de Long & Mrs. [Ethel] de Long] Zande & they are all just alike. She just likes her indigo blue being ready to weave. Shall she send yours to Cincinnati or give it to Miss Gain[e]s when it is finished? She & Grannie are getting too excited for anything over the weaving.Mother wanted me to tell you for her she hoped you got over safely & that you would have a good time.
As I haven’t anything to do & I am a lady of leisure, I shall try to answer all your letters. If you had just only used your typewriter, I [42c] could have seen more plainly the address. Ha ha.
I guess you will be seeing Hulda. Give her my love & tell her I would like a picture of her family, especially the baby.
How’s your Mother, Father, & Jeanette? I know they will hate to give you up as much as we do but I don’t reckon there is anything to do but just to let you go.
Oma said tell you thank you ever so much for what you have done for her & also thank you for the records you sent & the nice selection of the others.
How’s Ethel & her mother & father? I hope they are all getting along just fine. Ethel could come to Pine Mountain if she wanted to. I think we all might let her come if she would be real good while she was here.
If you could have seen Nora & me coming back to Wallins the night we saw you. I guess you would have died. I was scared green. We met so many men but they were all nice as could be. But I thought what might happen every step of the way. So the next time I shall wait for the next train if it has to come all the way from [42d] Pineville. But I certainly was glad to have seen that much of you all.
I shall expect one letter each month while you are gone. That isn’t often but I think you can afford this much.
I wish you all the good luck Aunt Sarah wished you & a whole lot more if I could wish you more. Now don’t do like Miss Robbins, get engaged about as soon as you get over there. I never thought she would be the person to marry & I don’t think you would. But we never can tell.
Wishing you a safe journey, a happy time, & that you & your family keep real well & a safe return at the end of one year.
I will close with best wishes & love from us all. Thanking you again for helping Oma & all of us. I am
43a-43b. Clara Siler to Miss Butler, July 20, 1925, Chautaugua, New York, two pages.
[43a] Chautauqua, New York
July 20, 1925
[Notations in top left and right margins] P.S. Thank you Miss Butler. The clothes hangers surely did come in handy. P.S. Please excuse this bug [ink blot] which got on my paper.
Dear Miss Butler –
At last I’ve started a letter to you. I declare there is so much going on and I’m so afraid that I’m going to miss something that I haven’t answered half of my letters. I wrote Miss Gaines again this morning. By the way, Miss Butler, the scholarship committee[?] visited us the other day and inspected our rooms. So after they had gone Miss Menay (our hostess) said to me, “Miss Siler, I was very proud to show your room off. It looked so nice and your flowers were arranged beautifully.” I thanked her and didn’t say it but I wanted to say, “You know I have had training under Miss Marguerite Butler and Miss R.B. Gaines. Right away, I thought “Oh, how Miss Butler used to show me about the flowers on the dining room table.” Now you don’t feel like every single bit of your work with me has been in vain do you? Though I [43b] guess you did feel like it at the time. My room really does look quite nice, with my flowers.
Oh, I just had a card from Mr. [Darwin D.] Martin in Buffalo, that he was coming down for a day and wanted to help me plan my trip to the Niagara Falls. Isn’t that nice? Last Sat. our geology class went to Barcelona, a town up on Lake Erie, and I wish you could see my collection of stones. I though I was going to have to pay extra car [fare] for so many.
Oh, Mr. [John] Philip Sousa and his band has just been here. They came in at noon and went out at midnight. They are just back from a tour of Europe, I think. Oh! it was wonderful. I have never in my life heard anything better. There were people & people & people. They seated 10,000 in the Amphitheater and there were so many outside who could not get in at all. They were standing so far away that they used field glasses to get a peep at Mr. Sousa. There was a girl with them who sings – Miss Marjorie Moody. Oh, she could sing. I don’t think I breathed but two or three times through it all. The N.Y. Symphony Orchestra is to be here tomorrow night. I wonder if I’ll like it as well as Sousa’s band.
Tell your mother I wish she were here with me. Oh, there was the loveliest sunset last evening. The colors were all reflected in the water and I just sat on the lake shore gazing out over the water until it was so dark, then I had to run home. It has been so cold here, I’ve worn a sweater or coat all the time. I’m having such a good time. Please give my love to Miss Janette, Miss McCullough & your father and mother. Love to you. Clara.
44a-44b. Becky May [Huff] To Mrs. Zande, January 27, 1927, two pages, Berea College, Berea, Ky. “Our Pine Mountain group has increased this week. Everyone says that it seems as though Berea is made up of Pine Mountain. There are nearly forty of us here.” For full transcription go to EDUCATION Children’s Writing (06, 44) Becky May Huff.
45. Ella J. Lewis to Mrs. Ethel Zande, Oct. 8. 1927, one page, Laden, Ky.
 Oct 8 1927
My dear Mrs Ethel Zande
Alice brought this flower from Martin Co. She brought you and me one apiece and they grow in water with a little dirt in the bottom of the pan.
From your chum
Ella J. Lewis
46a. Raymond Holbrook, Incline School, Incline, Ky, to Mrs. [Glyn] Morris, Jan. 18, 1932, one page.
[46a] Incline, Ky.
Jan. 18, 1932
My dear Mrs. Morris:
We wish to thank you for the nice Christmas presents you gave us. We enjoyed them very much.
46b. Waldon Holbrook, Incline School, Incline, Ky, to Mrs. Morris, Jan. 18. 1932, one page.
[46b] Incline Ky.
Jan 18 1932
My Dear Mrs. Morris,
We wish to thank you for the nice Christmas presents you gave us.
Very truly yours
47a. Ernest Baily Incline School, Incline, Ky, to Mrs. Morris, January 18, 1932, one page.
[47a] Incline, Ky.
Jan. 18, 1932.
My Dear Mrs. Morris.
We wish to express our thanks for the nice Christmas presents you gave us. We boys especially like the school bags.
47b. Marie Nolen[?], Fourth Grade, Incline School, Incline, Ky, to Mrs. Morris, Jan. 18, 1932, one page.
[47b] Incline, Ky.
Jan. 18, 1932.
My Dear Mrs. Morris
We wish to thank you for our presents we got this Christmas. We sure was glad to get them. The sewing[?] bags was very nice.
Very Truly Yours,
48-48a. [Notation at top of page: “Student writing Ulysses Shackleford, c. 1930 – ?”] [Typewritten, two pages.] For full transcription of this narrative, go to FARM Community Fair Day 1930 Shackleford Account.
49. James Napier to Miss [Margaret] Motter. [Notation at top of page: “…1930s?”] One page.
 English II.
Dear Miss Motter:
Two years ago I decided to quit school. I was in the first year high school. I left my home and went to Hazard, Ky., to get me a job and work but all the foreman I went to said, son, to[o] young and small to work, so I decided to go up in Ohio to try to get a job. So the first day I got there I went to work. So it made me believe I were a real man and didn’t need any education. So I worked on for about two months and then the foreman began working a new job forming a foundation of a house. He put me a hold of a pick and shovel and told me to work hard. When he said that, my mind turned toward how I were going to live, so I returned home and begin to school again and I never have had [the] least idea at that kind of work any more.
50. Winfield Cornett to Miss Motter, Sept. 5, 1928, one page.
 Pine Mtn Ky
Sept. 5, 1928
Dear Miss Motter,
I guess you would like to know something about my life. I were borned on Line Fork about three miles from P.M.S.S. I have worked on a farm pretty [much] all of my life. I’ve worked in the mines and the log woods for to earn money for schooling. In working on a farm, I’d rather plow.
The games I have played. I have played basket ball, R round town, foot ball. I’ve danced country dancing, the Virginia Reel. Danced sets, played [?].
In[?] all of the games I rather play is basket ball. It is the livelist game I find. I stay at home and go to school. I ride horse back to school.
51. Anonymous poem. N.D., one page.
Springtime is here
And summer is coming.
The birds is singing and humming.
Wake up in the morning
Look out the green grass
And hear the milk boys whistlin’ as they pass.
We see the boys killing the birds and pity with sorrow,
The Rin, the Robin, and the sparrow.
They sing today as they sing tomorrow.
The trees is yellow, white, & green.
The odor is fresh and sweet..
Look and see the flowers at my feet.
I here the bellowin’ & the sounds from the cows all around.
See them going past off to some paster [sic, pasture] grass
And when you see them again
You can say the day has past.
[Notation in left margin: “A small letter at beginning of every line in the original.”]
52a-52b. Alice Minyard. [notation: “1932?”] Narrative, two pages.
[52a] Alice Minyard.
The Home I would Like to Have.
I want a five room log bunglow in the country. In the inside of my home I want homemade furniture. In my kitchen I want a medium size stove and a homemade cupboard for my dishes. And by the window sits a nice made table. In my two bed rooms I want old fashioned beds and dressers. And also in the living room an old fashioned suit. In the living room I want a little book case for my books and a small table for the Victrola. In the windows I want pretty flowers and vines hanging on the wall. On the walls I want some real country pictures to hang. I want handmade chairs and stools. In one of my bed rooms I want a loom so I can weave my own curtains and table runners.
I want woven coverlets and blankets for my beds and also a few woven rugs to put on the floors. My house has three fire places in it, one in the living-room and in each one of the bed rooms. I want kerosine lamps to light the rooms with.
The out side of my house I want nicely [52b] built. I want a medium sized yard with pretty flowers and little bushes growing around the house and near the fence. And near the house stand tall shade trees. The roof is nicely fitted on the house, with vines running on it. I want vines and roses running on the porch and also a swing.
There is a well built fence around the yard, and also around the garden in back of the house. In front of the house the country road passes near by. The river also runs near the house. The mountains of growing trees and wild flowers surround my little cottage. In the yard I want a well of fresh water. There are stepping stones leading from the gate to the house.
To have neighbors living rather close would make my home happy and comfortable. The house sits on a low hill that overlooks the valley. And from the gate to the main road is a little stone walk with bushes growing on each side. I can sit in the shade of the trees in my yard and see the wagons pass, with the cheerful looking drivers in them. The little children pass on their way to school.
53a-53b Bennie Turner. Narrative, March 1, 1932, two pages.
[53a] Bennie Turner.
March 1, 1932.
My home I [would] like to own.
My home in front. A grassie lawn, sm[?] rolling loops, and flowers along beside the sti[?] leds to my house and two l[?] tall trees beside the porch with beautiful birds setting in them, singing spring time soon be hear because the flowers are budding and opening their eyes and winking at the birds as they whistle at the people as they pass the roads. Around the left a path leds to beautiful flower garden, as here my ladie goes every day or two to look at the tulips.
My house. Two store building with eight rooms, and a porch around the house. The cover is tar paper. The foundation is built of brick. The color of the house is slate color with green trimming and picture on the gla[?] doors.
In the living room is cabnet[?] set and ruds [rugs?] on the floor. Over in the corner a book case with books in it. A small table to play games with four chirs soft sprangy bottom. Window [53b] curtains on each side of the [?] windows. A nice fireplace with carving on the mantel.
In the room for bed. Their [?] beds with a dresser, [?] table, four chairs, coats hanger for the clothing. Upstars for the people to sleep and who[?] want to sleep sound.
The dinning room. In the center a round table with six chairs around the table. A vase of flower[s] of pink color and two tall candle sticks.
The kitchen. A wrange stove, cabinet, plent[y] water to cook with. Also a bath room in the house. The wall has pictors of different people of our family.
When a person stept on the porch at the back their is a mile view of the tall trees bending when the wind blows.
If a person stay at this hime he would say, “Just a Little Glimpse of Heaven, wouldn’t you say?” A beautiful home will win any beautiful ladie for a wife. “Want it Miss Foot?”
54a-54d. Gerna Bird [?], Bible 10 narrative, November 15, 1932, four pages.
[054a] Gerna Bird
My Idea of Religon [sic, Religion]
What is religon? Everyone has a religon wheather he knows it or not. All religions are not the but they may be all right. Religion is the principals or ideals and standards of any individual conducting themselves on earth.
My Idea of God is a Spirit on earth in every one’s soul that may be called all the things right that the individual believes in. I don’t believe he appear unto anyone as a burning bush.
As for the Bible, it is a nice book that was written by different men years and years ago. Containing the laws by which man conduct themselves and the stories of outstanding leaders of the Christian religon. As for Jesus the said son of God. It is probably [054b] he was a near perfect man as ever lived and all thoes nice things have been written about him. At least some of the Bible is true. After all it was written by man and has stood the [test] of thousand of years.
Your Heaven is consolation you get by being good and by being good you make this old world a nice place for others to live. It seems that most of the Bible is baised on the treatment of each other. It is being good, not the reward.
The Ideas of Churches is the individuals with similar ideas collecting to gather in groups and each group taking a name. These group disagreeing and separating and later all these little groups of today.
[054c] If you believe in any thing and fail to do what you believe or do something that you believe you shouldn’t and you know absolutely without a doubt you are doing wrong, I believe you are sinning and I call it sin that is the conscience of any one. After all, the men have written what they believe and so many have done it that the Bible is the collection of these beliefs, that the fact is so many have done it and or the same that it may be applied to thousands and millions of people and it has passed the [test] of years.
As for the Hell, I believe thats on earth when a man dose something he suffers sooner or later. Other people might not know it but they suffer. And I dont believe in the hell of brim stone and fire, [054d] the agonies of some people are equal to that.
I am doubtful about the “Life Hereafter.” It may be as scientists say [that] Life ends after the destruction of organisms. I would believe that if it wasn’t for one question, why do we live just a short time on earth for[?] whats these few years spent for?
Religon is a beautiful thing. It makes life on earth pleasant for all people and certainly dose more good than bad. The customs and traditions of all the various religons may not be true but each person may believe them or not. But religon is a thing that makes people’s life a beautiful and a successful life up to the [grave].
55a. [Anonymous], Oct. 27, 1937, one page.
October 27, 1937
I am drawing the plan for our log cabin that is going to be put up on the hill, back of the school house. I have worked a good deal trying to get it finished so we can start making it. Now I have almost got it done. I am making it 16 ft. long 7 1/2 ft. high 10 ft. wide. The windows are going to be 36” by 41”. The rafters are going to be 18 inches wide on top. The door is going to be 6 1/2 ft. by 2 ft. and 8 inches, inside measurement. I still lack a little having the cabin drawn.
[Notation at bottom of page: “I think these pages were for Miss [Edith] Cold’s English class. How he loved her. He writes about the cabin which I understand is not there any more. Mrs. C.W. Pennington. Raymond’s mother sent these to me. L.B.(?)“]
55b. Anonymous. N.D., one page.
Cordell Hull is our Secretary of State. Hull Warns Japan and China on U.S. Ships and Nationals; Britain Preparing Demands. London is likely to ask penalty for fliers who shot diplomat which means the art science or practise of conducting negotiations between nations.
Envoy. One of the High men was driving his car between two cities and a Japanese plane bomed him. Britain isn’t saying any [hot] words but what she can carry out.
55c. Anonymous. Nov. 29, 1937, one page.
Friday, Clarence, John, Claude, and I went to haul the logs to our cabin that we had cut. It was sprinkling rain and we had a hard time working the mule. I had to get on his back and drive him in rough places.
I got five logs hauled to the cabin and while I was going up the hill with the last log, the mule lost one of his shoes, so we had to take him to the barn. We have three more logs cut up in the mountains above Open House. If we don’t have enough logs to finish the cabin, we will manage to get the other three. But I think that we will have enough.
I think that there will be about five boys out of our class that will have to have their tonsils taken out so we want to get a lot done today.
EDUCATION Community and Children’s Writing TRANSCRIPTIONS IIIE:
[56a-56o] “EARLY GRADE SCHOOL, CHILDREN’S & PARENTS’ LETTERS”
56b. Jonnie Pauline Shoupe to Miss [Dorothy] Nace, [n.d.]. [Notation at top of page: “Lesson – writing invitation”]
I would love for you to come down at my house and stay with me for a day. Can you come at 12:15? Will you come some Sunday. If you cant come Sunday let me know when you can come.
Jonnie Pauline Soupe.
56c. Pauline to Miss Nace, [n.d.]
Will you come and visit me. Can you come next Sunday at 12:
56d. Clark to Miss Nace, [n.d.].
[Notation at top of page: “Lesson – writing invitation”]
Will you come in to visit me? Can you come next Sunday at 12:15? We would like to have you stay for dinner. Please let me know if you can come.
56e. Ella Lee Cornett to Miss Nace, [truncated date].
Ella Lee Cornett
Pine Mt. Ky
Just a few lines to let you know why I haven’t been coming to school. My mother is sick and I mind the children and I have a cold. I will try to be there Monday. Miss Nace, we had the doctor up here yesterday. I sure do miss school. And hope how quick I come [to] see you and all of the kids. Miss Nace, tell all of the children Hello for me. I will see you later. Good bye, good luck. P.S. Ancer if you get time.
56f. Thelma Wilder to Miss Nace, [n.d.]
Dear Miss Nace, holle. [sic, hello?] Will you be here next year.
Love Thelma Wilder
56g. Thelma Jean Huff to Miss Nace, October 29, [truncated year].
Dear Miss Nace,
How are you getting along. I am ok. My teacher is Miss Roberts. If I can find a envelope I will sind you a Christmas card. Harold said Hello. Everyone of us had the measles. I gess that is all I have to say. From Thelma Jean Huff to Miss Nace.
56h. Grace to Miss Nace, [n.d.].
Dear Miss Nace,
Will you please move Yvonne out of the seat with Mary Ruth. I don’t want her to set with her. Yvonne can tell me too many things about her. Thank you. Grace
56i. Geneva Lee to Miss Nace, March 2, 1950.
Pine Mountain, Ky
March 2, 1950
Dear Miss Nace,
I will not be at school today because I am sick. My head and neck is hurting. Let my sister have my paper and pencil. I may be there to-morrow. I wish I could come and listen at those stories but I am too sick. Love, Geneva Lee
56j. Mrs. Huff to Miss Nace, [n.d.].
Dear Miss Nace
I thank you very much for the picture of Thelma Jean. It sure was cute. Let Thelma stay in today if it doesn’t [?] up. Her throat is bad. Mrs. Huff.
56k. Joanna to Dartha (sic) Nace, [n.d.].
Dear Dartha Nace
You ear [sic, are] the prettyst techer. You ear beauty I no you ear From Joanna.
56l. Mrs. Elbert [Priscilla] Harrit to Miss Nace, [n.d.].
Dear Miss Nace I am sending you the money for 14 mels [meals?] by Mary Ruth. She has had the 3 days mezels. The doctor rote me a note. Told to keep the children home until tha got well. But Elmer and Guldine[?] never had them. You let Mary Ruth eat hot lunch this week. I will send it to you next Monday. I just have a nough money to pay them out of det [debt?] this week but I will pay next Monday for this week and by thir tickets for next week.
Yours Mrs. Elbert Harrit.
56m. Priscilla Harrit to Miss Nace, [n.d.].
Miss Nace I am writing you a few words to tell you to keep down Mary Ruth mels [meals?] and send to me when Elbert gets a pay day. I will send it or bring it up. Elbert wont get his pay day till 2 weeks yet. Priscilla Harrit
56n. Mrs. Boggs to Miss Nace, [n.d.].
Sue Ellen got head lice from some one and I worked offel hard getting them off. Would like for you to not let her sit to clost to the other children if I am not asking to much. I do hate for my children to get lice and I know they can get rid of them if they would only try. Mrs. Boggs
56o. Eva Lee Cornett, [n.d.].
Eva Lee Cornett
Pine Mountain School
Harlan County Kentucky
United States of America
Post Office Country
My dog is named Puch. My teacher’s name is Miss Nace. My sister is sick to day. I like Mr. Rogers, he is a good man. I go to Pine Mountain School every day and havent mised a day. I have a good teacher. I set by Tommy and Bill Huff. I like my teacher.
EDUCATION Community and Children’s Writing Transcriptions IIIE:
57. Burton [Rogers] to Dorothy [Nace], Dec. 15, [no year], one page.
[Notation at top of page: “Would Peter like?”]
How can we thank you for yesterday’s services? I’m sure Miss [Edith] Cold would have been as enthusiastic as we were over the magnificent evening service. And how we wish our families could have been present for both. We are so happy that you had the service which so fittingly prepared for the baptism of John Peter. I was particularly pleased with your references to the temple presentation. Would it be too much to ask for a copy of your portion of the talk relating to the baptism? We would like at least this to keep and share with our families.
58. Douglas Reynolds, Kodak, Ky. Typewritten, one page. [Notation at bottom of page: “Circa 1947”]. See CHILDREN’S WRITING (58) Douglas Reynolds for full transcription.