Anne Keeling Woodruff discusses attending the Fairplay School in the early 1900s in the Bitterroot Valley. She describes box socials and the how young men jockeyed to buy the teacher’s box. She talks about the programs her school put on for different events like Easter, the end of school, and the coming of spring. Woodruff speaks about the cold winters that she and her mother had to endure, as well going to school when she was three years old because her mother was the teacher. She recalls specific people who attended the Fairplay School as well as her interactions with the older children.
Fairplay School; Fairview School; Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Ravalli County, Montana; Education, Montana; Schoolhouses, rural; One-room schoolhouses
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 (3 p.: 28 cm.)
Woodruff, Anne, "Anne Keeling Woodruff Interview, circa 1978" (1978). Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project. 28.