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.
Forsyth, Montana; Homesteading; Rebekah Lodge Club; Women, Montana; Women homesteaders, Montana
Montana Women's Oral History Project, 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 (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)
Batey, Bernice, "Bernice Batey Interview, June 19, 1977" (1977). Montana Women's Oral History Project. 21.