Betty Mulder SDHS ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW
Betty at Warren’s Fish Pond
We found Betty’s
porch watching for us. She had just returned from a recruitment
She first walked us out to backyard to show us Warren’s fish pond into which she sprinkled fish food. This ritual seemed to be one of her many connections to his spirit. On entering her house we were introduced to Warren’s vast hobby production of stuffed winged and four-footed animals covering most floors, shelves and ceiling areas. Inside the front door two coyotes blocked our entry, one with a slip of paper in its mouth containing a handwritten note from Betty stating her desire not to be medically revived if facing irreversible illness.
Besides Warren’s vast collection of professionally done taxidermy creations crowding out space, family and travel photos, travel artifacts, antiques, and carious meaningful collections left little room to congregate. Two electrically driven lounge chairs together faced a fireplace almost hidden behind fox, beaver, skunk, weasel and other mammals not likely to be so closely gathered in the wild.
Betty shared stories about her first 12
years in the
About the same time that she graduated from high school, Betty’s father, Willard Watson, was assigned as an Internal Revenue Service director to the Holland area, allowing him to live in his favorite place and Betty to attend and graduate from Hope College. In the early 1960s, she suffered a serious leg injury in a car accident that left here “disabled”. This did not curb her active professional life as a Spanish teacher at the elementary through college levels. “High school kids were my favorite because they were crazy” she professed.
Details about Betty’s family of origin and her married life can be found in the SDHS archive 1988 edition of History of Western Allegan County Michigan F442, F443, F578.
Betty’s Wedding Dress Betty and Warren Mulder Warren Mulder