May Vallance Interview, circa 1978


May Vallance


May Vallance



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May Vallance reminisces about attending the Dutch Hill School, also known as the Fairplay School, in Ravalli County, Montana, from 1910 to 1914. She also recalls teaching at the Sleeping Child School after she finished high school. Vallance describes the different social events and programs her schools hosted, such as dances and holiday programs. She remembers her students and discusses how a teacher would successfully teach a group of children with ages ranging from 6 to 14. Vallance also speaks about her coworkers and the board of the school, recalling pranks that were pulled and the difficulty they sometimes had getting to school every morning due to poor roads.


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Document Type

Oral History


Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Dutch Hill School; Fairplay School; Ravalli County, Montana; Sleeping Child School; Hamilton, Montana; Education, Montana; Schoolhouses, rural; One-room schoolhouses; Ravalli County, 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


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Oral History Number

OH 120-014a

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

00:10:57 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_014_a.mp3; OH_120_014_a.pdf

May Vallance Interview, circa 1978