C. S. Porter briefly mentions his background in physical education and his role as principal of the Central and Prescott schools in Missoula, Montana. He recalls how the Great Depression seemed to have little effect on the school children and how there didn’t appear to be a significant shortage of food or clothing for the students. He describes the city-wide decision to pay teachers less money during the 1930s to avoid laying them off. Porter notes that during his time a superintendent he dealt a number of issues including crowded classrooms and the lack of funds to expand.
Great Depression (1929-1939); Education, Montana; Elementary schools; Central School; Prescott School, Missoula, Montana; School administrators
Depression Years in Montana Oral History Project, OH 131, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (7 p.: 28 cm.)
Porter, C. S., "C. S. Porter Interview, September 20, 1984" (1984). Depression Years in Montana Oral History Project. 2.