Interview with Myrtie Lee Watts


  • Identifier1987 OH 026
  • Date12/5/1986
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeWatts, Myrtie Lee
  • DescriptionThis is an unrehearsed taped interview with Myrtle Le Baker Watts, Alumna and a 1921 graduate of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. Mrs. Watts was born December 8, 1896 at Tyrone, Anderson County, Kentucky.
  • LocationHarrodsburg, KY
  • Duration:36:26
  • Time Summary00:00 - 01:30 Introduction.
    01:30 - 02:00 Myrtle Lee Baker Watts, Alumna of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School was born December 8, 1896 at Tyrone, Anderson County, Kentucky. Parents were J.M Baker and Agnes Baker.
    02:00 - 06:00 Discussed Tyrone and the community of five to six hundred. Mentions seeing houseboats, lumber yard and her first automobile at age 10 to 12 years old.
    06:00 - 10:00 Discussed educational background. Went to Cavanaugh High School.
    10:00 - 13:00 Discussed reasons for attending Eastern. Taught school returning to Eastern for summer classes.
    13:00 - 14:00 Mentions her husband Floyd Watts, farmer.
    14:00 - 15:00 Remembers Eastern Campus as beautiful.
    15:00 - 16:00 Looked through and identified classmates and faculty in publication of "Students Review" - Senior 1921 EKU Volume 15 C published monthly by Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. It was quoted, "Myrtle Lee is one of the rare kind who makes all A's. To know her is to love her."
    16:00 - 18:00 Talks about several classmates doing as she did, going to college during summer and teaching starting in fall.
    18:00 - 20:00 Mentions classes taken while in college to become elementary school teacher.
    20:00 - 25:00 Mentions Dr. Keith, Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. Case, Moss Gibson, Mr. Smith and Mr. Robertson.
    25:00 - 28:00 Discussed entertainment on campus.
    28:00 - 31:00 Discussed Depression and how it affected Mercer County. Talked about raising majority of food such as vegetables and meat. Remembers Bank closing in Mercer County.
    31:00 - 32:00 Discussed family.
    32:00 - 34:00 Discussed campus organizations.
  • Restrictionsnone
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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