Emma Allen gives an autobiographical sketch of her life, beginning with her family’s move to Oregon from West Virginia in 1905. She discusses her early life in Estacada, Oregon, including starting school at eight years old and being given a teaching position in Springwater immediately after graduating from high school. Allen describes getting married for the first time, despite her lack of interest, and having to give up teaching to make the courtship work. She describes hardships endured during the Great Depression, such as having to make her family’s soap and clothing and almost losing her third child due to poor hospital care. Allen concludes by discussing the failures of her second marriage, her voting experience, and her concerns about the Kennedy administration due to President John F. Kennedy’s Catholic background.
Estacada, Oregon; Portland, Oregon; Great Depression; Women’s suffrage; Kennedy Administration; Catholicism
Montana Women’s Oral History Collection, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (34 p.: 28 cm.)
Allen, Emma, "Emma Allen Interview, May 26, 1980" (1980). Montana Women’s Oral History Project. 1.