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Elizabeth (Betsy) Vergin (Mitchell), interviewed by Rebecca Mavencamp, July 8th 2013


Biographical Information:


Betsy Mitchell was born at Buffalo Hospital in 1931 to Sydney and Laura Mitchell and lived in the Rockford-Greenfield area most of her life. Betsy grew up on her family’s farm resort on Lake Sarah and worked as a Popcorn Girl at the Lake Sarah Pavilion. She married Lloyd Vergin and farmed for eight years in Loretto. The couple had 10 children.​

Subjects Discussed:


Information on rural life and entertainment, particularly the Lake Sarah Pavilion and local gathering places; stories pertaining to growing up on the lake and helping with the operation of the dance hall; riding bikes to school; swimming and fishing.

Listen to the full interview on audio file, or read the interview transcription:

Interview - Betsy Vergin / Rebecca Mavencamp

The Mitchell family settled in Greenwood in 1913, read "The history of the Mitchells" by Betsy's father, Sidney William Mitchell (1899 - 1980):

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