MISS FRANCES M. BURKET
Miss Frances M. Burket, librarian of the Sutter County Free Library at Yuba City, is a woman of fine administrative ability and has discharged the duties of her responsible position in a manner that has gained for her a high reputation among patrons of the library. She was born in Crete, Saline County, Nebraska, and is a daughter of Calvin Miller and Lila (Code) Burket. Both parents are deceased, the mother passing away four years ago and the father two years ago. They came to this state long since and settle in Riverside County, where they remained until 1920.
Frances M. Burket studied music, both piano and voice, and taught piano. She graduated from the high school at Riverside, later went to Butte County, and in 1918 became an appointee in the Butte County Free Library at Oroville. She took a course in library work at the California State Library and successfully passed the county library examination. She served for four years as librarian of the Amador County Free Library and in 1925, came to Yuba City as librarian of the Sutter County Free Library. She has three assistant librarians and also has supervision of the libraries in twenty-eight elementary schools, four high schools, and thirteen branch libraries in various parts of Sutter County. There are also four high school libraries, the Sutter Union, the Live Oak Union, the East Nicolaus, and the Yuba City Union high school libraries. The main library and office is located in Mission Hall, a county-owned building in Yuba City. This library contains over twenty-eight thousand volumes, exclusive of the school department, and about fifty-five thousand volumes altogether, including the elementary and general collection of school books, music records, maps and atlases, besides current magazines for the school and branch library, as well as church and religious papers and the county newspaper. The circulation of books for the school year 1929 was ninety-three thousand volumes, and the total library membership in main library and branches, not including the schools, about five thousand. Miss Burket has given her best efforts to perfecting the library system in Sutter County and has been distinctively successful, so that her services have been very highly commended by all who are familiar with her work and accomplishments. She is progressive in her ideas and methods and is very highly regarded throughout the community.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 456-457. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.