Betty Burton Interview, July 12, 1984


Betty Burton


Trudy Irens



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Pocatello, Idaho; Dry ranching; Irwin, Idaho; Homesteading; Schoolteachers; Schoolteachers, women; Palisades Dam; Big Hole, Montana; Ranching; Gandy, Utah

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Settlers, Homesteaders, Ranchers, and Farmers Oral History Collection 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 123-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:61:53 minutes

Local Filename

OH_123_001.mp3; OH_123_001.pdf

Betty Burton Interview, July 12, 1984