Item SR812_T04S2 - Oral history interview with Mary E. Eyre [Sound Recording 08]

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Oral history interview with Mary E. Eyre [Sound Recording 08]


  • 1990-01-12 (Creation)


Audiocassette; 00:30:43

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Mary Eleanor Eyre was born in Buckley, Illinois, in 1897. She came to Oregon in 1904. She graduated from Willamette University around 1918. She taught political science at North Salem High School and was active in the woman suffrage movement. She retired from teaching in 1962, and in 1963, she ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for the Oregon Legislature. Mary Eyre Elementary School in Marion County, Oregon, is named after her. She died in 1999.

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Tape 4, Side 2. This oral history interview with Mary E. Eyre was conducted by Vinita M. Howard at Eyre’s home in Salem, Oregon, from October 6, 1989, to January 12, 1990. The interview was conducted in three sessions. In the third and final interview session, conducted on January 12, 1990, Eyre discusses her fan collection, and also describes some of her travels. She then talks about her 1963 run for the Oregon Legislature and her involvement in various organizations, including the teachers’ union. She talks about school funding, mandatory retirement ages for teachers, and what she believes makes a good teacher. She closes the interview by discussing grading, year-round schooling, and her hopes for the future of Oregon.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA:

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  • eng

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February 3, 2021 2:20 PM

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