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Holbrook, Viola Rose (Funfsinn), 1920-. Oral History Interview, 1979.

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SMHC Collection 0195


The Viola Rose Holbrook collection contains 2 audiocassette tapes, CD duplicates of the audiocassettes, and a transcript of an interview conducted between Josephine Carpenter and Holbrook in 1979. In the interview, Holbrook discussed her recollections of growing up in Rapidan, Minnesota and the educational conditions of students and teachers in the years after World War II and her experience teaching at Mankato State University. When discussing education, Holbrook recalled being a student teacher, her methods of discipline, and the demands to teaching physical education.

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  • 1979


Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Biographical / Historical

Viola Rose Funfsinn was bom on 18 May 1920 near Remsen, Iowa to John Funfsinn and Rose (Feassler) Funfsinn. After moving to Minnesota in 1925, she attended public school in Rapidan, Minnesota before spending her senior year at St. Peter High School in St. Peter, Minnesota. After high school, she attended Mankato Teachers College and began her teaching career in Lamberton, Minnesota in 1945. While teaching in Lamberton, Funfsinn married Donald Holbrook in 1947. She taught for five years in the Blue Earth County school system before taking a position in Mankato in 1951. Besides a change in employers, the Holbrook family had a son named Donald Jr. on 8 April 1951.

In 1958, Holbrook joined the faculty at Mankato State College and worked in the physical education department. Holbrook continued to upgrade her education while working at the institution and completed her master's degree with a thesis entitled "Selected Factors that may Influence the Performance of Junior High School Girls in the Running High Jump" in 1959. She later eamed her Ph. D. from New Mexico State University and continued teaching at Mankato State University.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr. Viola R. Holbrook donated this collection in June 1979.



Holbrook, Viola Rose (Funfsinn), 1920-. Oral History Interview, 1979.
Rick Smith processed this collection.
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Repository Details

Part of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center Repository

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Memorial Library
PO Box 8419
Mankato MN 56002-8419 US