Sarah E. John
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Born on November 12, 1889 near Toledo, Illinois. Family moved to Oklahoma in 1902. Moved to Oklahoma Panhandle in 1905. First teaching experiences in the 1910's. Started first grade school library in El Paso in 1923.
Summary of Interview
Artist and retired school teacher. Born on November 12, 1889 near Toledo, Illinois. Family moved to Oklahoma in 1902; started school at 4 years of age and later was mostly self-taught; met Quanah Parker while she was a child in Oklahoma. Moved to Oklahoma Panhandle in 1905; finished four years worth of high school and three years worth of college between 1909-12 at Goodwill Oklahoma Agricultural Co11ege, while she worked her way through school to support herself; first teaching experiences in the 1910's; teaching in E1 Paso, especially in the South El Paso area; started the first grade school library in E1 Paso in 1923; the Depression years; WWII years; her paintings recreation; her retirement years; donates much of her work to charitable causes; recollections of early El Paso
Date of Interview
Length of Interview
1 hour 15 minutes
Length of Transcript
Interview with E. Nicky Cunningham by Sarah E. John, 1979, "Interview no. 556," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.