Etta Idol was born in Purlear, North Carolina. She went to Appalachian State University in the fall of 1940 and came back to receive her Master’s in 1952. Etta married John Idol, also an Alumnus of Appalachian, in May of 1942 and raised their two children at Rippling Waters Farm where Etta spent her childhood. Etta taught home economics right after college, but after getting her Master’s degree she taught biology and chemistry. Etta still lives at her childhood home enjoying retirement at the age of ninety-three.
Information discussed in the interview: childhood, early education, attendance at Appalachian State University, the dormitories, social events and habits, daily life, weather, relationships, sports, class life, jobs held while at school, the library, and life after graduation.
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