Bernice Batey Interview, June 19, 1977


Bernice Batey


Mary Melcher



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Bernice Batey talks about her early childhood in Minnesota and her family’s move to Montana by train when she was eight years old. She briefly discusses moving back to Minnesota to complete high school and taking teacher’s examinations before starting her career as a school teacher. Batey then talks about having three children and the equal partnership she enjoyed with her husband. She describes their family purchasing homesteads in 1916 and 1925 and living among the Native American community. Batey talks briefly about her involvement with the Rebekah Lodge Club. She concludes by detailing the day-to-day lives of women while she was growing up, mentioning common jobs and sports that were available to women.

When this interview was conducted, the interviewee requested to remain anonymous in the transcript and audio. Archives and Special Collections has chosen to lift this restriction now that the interviewee is deceased.


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Document Type

Oral History


Forsyth, Montana; Homesteading; Rebekah Lodge Club; Women, Montana; Women homesteaders, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Women's Oral History Project, OH 049, 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 049-002

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

00:30:19 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_002.mp3; OH_049_002.pdf

Bernice Batey Interview, June 19, 1977