Byron Thrailkill and Mabel White Thrailkill Interview, circa 1978


May Vallance



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Byron Thrailkill and Mabel Thrailkill discuss their experiences attending one-room schools in the early 1900s in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Byron Thrailkill speaks about the Fairview School and remembers his fellow classmates as well as the recreational programs his school hosted, such as picnics. He discusses a lumber mill and a railroad near his school and childhood illnesses that affected his teacher, his schoolmates, and him, like the mumps. Mabel Thrailkill speaks about Canyon Creek School, Dominic School, and Corvallis High School. She reminisces about her various teachers, and touches on specific memories she has of them such as telling her class stories and acting as chaperones and coaches for her basketball team in high school. She remembers plays her school put on as well as athletics events in which she was involved, including track meets and basketball games. She also recalls specific classmates.


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Document Type

Oral History


Fairview School; Fairview, Montana; Canyon Creek School; Billings, Montana; Education, Montana; Schoolhouses, rural; Corvallis High School; One-room schoolhouses; 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 120-011c

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:24:20 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_011_c.mp3; OH_120_011_c.pdf

Byron Thrailkill and Mabel White Thrailkill Interview, circa 1978