Betty Burton describes moving with her parents to Pocatello, Idaho, as a young woman and graduating from the Idaho Technical Institute during the 1920s. She talks about moving again to Nevada to teach after getting married in 1927. Burton recalls how she raised three children in a cabin in Idaho, in a desert ranch in Utah, and then in a large house with hired help in Big Hole, Montana where she and her husband settled and spent the rest of their lives. She describes teaching sporadically over her lifetime in one- or two-room schoolhouses which at times were only accessible by horse or horse-drawn sleigh. Burton concludes the interview by telling funny stories about the people who worked on the ranch, reminiscing about her grandchildren, and recalling the life she built with her husband.
Pocatello, Idaho; Dry ranching; Irwin, Idaho; Homesteading; Schoolteachers; Schoolteachers, women; Palisades Dam; Big Hole, Montana; Ranching; Gandy, Utah
Settlers, Homesteaders, Ranchers, and Farmers Oral History Collection Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)
Burton, Betty, "Betty Burton Interview, July 12, 1984" (1984). Montana Settlers, Homesteaders, Ranchers and Farmers Oral History Collection. 19.