Florence Wallaker Bixby Oral History – Growing up in Franfort – Recorded February 2nd, 2020
Florence Wallaker Bixby is a life-long Frankfort resident. She attended Frankfort High School and Benzie County Normal. After teaching for near 40 years in Elberta, Florence became Benzie Area Historical Society & Museum Director and Curator of its extensive collection. She has mentored our current Curator, Jane Purkis, who credits Florence with her deep knowledge and understanding of Benzie County and the Historical Society’s collections management needs.
Florence and her husband, Vandorn, were charter Historical Society members. She is still an active member of the Frankfort Methodist Church.
Building the Benzie Area Historical Museum
Country Normal & Settling In
Growing Up in Frankfort
Northern Michigan Family Roots
Helping During the Depression
First Family Car
Teaching in Elberta