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Burkhalter, Beatrice

Burkhalter, Beatrice

Burkhalter, Beatrice

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 1982

Interview 4a : Mrs. Beatrice Burkhalter reminisces about life in Diboll in the 1920s through the 1940s in this interview with Rebecca Bailey. A longtime educator, Mrs. Burkhalter talks about being a widow and single mother in the 1930s, attending college and working while mothering her son in an effort to earn a teaching certificate. She came to Diboll as a teacher in 1937 and eventually finished her bachelors degree in 1939. In addition to her teaching memories, Mrs. Burkhalter recalls the Depression, the beginnings of Social Security and the Teacher Retirement System, entertainment as a teenager, and Weeks family genealogy.