Astrid Sipma describes how she and her parents emigrated from Sweden to the Swedish community of Heimdal, North Dakota, a year after she was born in 1905. She talks about the family’s homestead. Sipma says she taught school from the age of 18 to 65 and became a schoolteacher because her mother said she should. Sipma recalls teaching at different schools in western North Dakota and Eastern Montana, including the Prairie Rose, Ferguson, Medicine Rocks and Chimney Creek, many of them near Baker, Montana. She talks about meeting and marrying her husband, moving to Eastern Montana and continuing to teach school even after they married and had children. Sipma talks about moving her family to Darby, Montana, when her girls were old enough to begin high school because she wanted them to live close to school and not have to room and board with someone. She reminisces about her early years as a teacher, and tells stories about some of the pranks her students pulled.
First part of interview wasn’t recorded on the audio cassette.
Homesteading; Farming; Montana; Darby, Montana; Baker, Montana; Heimdal, North Dakota; Swedish immigrants, North Dakota; Immigration; Twentieth-Century; Teaching; One-room schoolhouses, Montana; Education, Montana
Montana Educators Oral History Project, OH 211, 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 (19 p.: 28 cm.)]
Sipma, Astrid, "Astrid Sipma Interview, circa June 1988" (1988). Montana Educators Oral History Project. 16.