Ronald Farnsworth 1942-1949
Mayme Mullady 1940-1942
Zoe Swecker 1938-1940
Alice Snyder 1937-1938
Mary Byrne Plunkett 1935-1937
Albert Perrine 1934-1935
Helena McCudden 1933-1934
Oscar Mick 1931-1933
Gertrude E. “Lizzie” Tulley 1928-1931
Adam McQuain 1927-1928
Lucy Rumbach *anecdotal
Mr. Farnsworth is Remembered For His Clippings
Mr. Mick Had a Gold Tooth
Comment by Clifford Wine
I attended Pine Run School for nine years. After finishing the eighth grade at Pine Run, I stayed on an extra year because there was no way I could continue on to high school since there was no bus service on Indian Fork during the late 1930s and early 1940s.
I recall that the Pine Run School took field trips to other one room schools in the area such as the school at Ben’s Run just to visit. We also, during the Christmas season, took trips to the hills surrounding Pine Run to look for a Christmas tree for the school. During that time most all of the hills around Indian Fork were cleared all the way to their tops, so it was not an easy task to find an evergreen tree. The maintenance men for the Lewis County schools would apply a coating of linseed oil to the wooden floors of the school once a year
comment by David Parmer
Zoe Swecker, a former teacher at the Pine Run School, obtained a Ph. D. from the University of Chicago in 1960. Her dissertation, widely quoted in subsequent historical works, was titled "The Early Iberian Accounts of the Far East, 1550-1650." Miss Swecker, originally from Canoe Run, near Roanoke, was a fifty year member of the American Historical Association, and her death in 1978 was noted in the American Historical Review, Volume 83, No. 5 (Dec 1978).
comment by David Parmer
In 1863, the newly formed government of West Virginia passed an act for the establishment of a system of free schools in West Virginia. According to the act, each county was to have a school superintendent and other necessary officers.
Since the state had no teacher training schools, the act also provided that tests were to be given to prospective teachers and that they should be classified according to the scores they made on the test. Grading on the scale of 100, prospective teachers who scored 90 or better were given first class certificates; prospective teachers who scored between 80 and 90 received second class certificates; and prospective teachers who scored between 70 and 80 received third class certificates. Pay was based on certification. In the early years, a teacher with first class certification received fifty dollars per month, a teacher with a second class certificate received forty dollars per month and a third class certificate holder received thirty dollars per month.
A school term typically ranged from three to six months depending on the interest of the school area.