Bill Ralston and Robert House Interview, circa 1978


May Vallance



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Bill Ralston and Robert House recount their time attending Baker Creek School in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana, during the mid-20th century. House notes that both his mother and father taught at the school while he attended. He also recalls the ambitious Christmas program his mother put on. Ralston recounts his experiences with his teachers and discusses how he admired House’s parents because they taught him about important literature in addition to practical life skills. Both House and Ralston describe the many games they played during their lunch hour, such as fox and hound, bows and arrows, and softball and beanbag tournaments. They talk about the practical joking that went on and also touch on the nature of the relationship between the Native American children and the other schoolchildren.


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Document Type

Oral History


Baker Creek School; Education, Montana; Schoolhouses, rural; Native Americans, Montana; Native American children; Games; School activities; Elementary schools, Montana; Homesteading schools; Ravalli County, Montana; Bitterroot Valley, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 120, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 120-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (8 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:17:14 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_003.mp3; OH_120_003.pdf

Bill Ralston and Robert House Interview, circa 1978