Bessie K. Monroe Interview, circa 1978


Bessie K. Monroe


May Vallance, Unknown Speaker



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Bessie K. Monroe recalls the origins of the Darby School in the Bitterroot Valley in 1888, which was originally housed in a homesteader’s cabin. She talks about the first teachers at the school as well as the difficulties students had passing state examinations so they could continue on to high school. She briefly mentions some of the school board members of the Darby School in its early days. Monroe recounts how she went on to Corvallis High School and describes some of her teachers there. She also talks about the social programs that were hosted among the community, some at the schoolhouse, others at Miles Hall, including holiday programs, basket socials, and dances.


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Document Type

Oral History


Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Darby, Montana; Education, Montana; Schoolhouses, rural; Homesteading; Corvallis High School; Examinations; Miles Hall; 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


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 120-014b

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (3 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:17:55 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_014b.mp3; OH_120_014b.pdf

Bessie K. Monroe Interview, circa 1978