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.
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
Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 120, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (8 p.: 28 cm.)
Ralston, Bill and House, Robert, "Bill Ralston and Robert House Interview, circa 1978" (1978). Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project. 13.