Elizabeth Rose Babbitt Interview, February 17, 1978


May Vallance



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Elizabeth Babbitt speaks about her experiences growing up in rural Montana in the early 1900s, as well as her life as a school teacher traveling around Montana. She recounts her parents’ stories of how they ended up in Montana together. She remembers her young childhood, attending the Curlew School, and having to repeat a couple of grades. Babbitt also recalls her teaching career as a young woman, traveling to rural schools to teach while attending school to receive certification. She describes her childhood experiences interacting with Native Americans, riding the school wagon, and eating fresh watermelon from a neighbor’s garden. Babbitt discusses social events the school held such as Sunday school and box socials that she was not allowed to attend as a child. Her husband interjects to describe how the Curlew School was originally built next to a mine in the early 1900s, then later a new school building was constructed farther away.


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Document Type

Oral History


Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Curlew School; Victor, Montana; Education, Montana; Schoolhouses, rural

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 120-006f

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (4 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:15:34 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_006_f.mp3; OH_120_006_f.pdf

Elizabeth Rose Babbitt Interview, February 17, 1978