• George Petaja and Doris Petaja Interview, October 16, 1984

    Petaja, George, Petaja, Doris

    The Petajas talk about the effects of the Depression on their lives. George M. Petaja grew up in Milltown and worked for the Anaconda Company sawmill at Bonner during the 1930's. Doris Petaja worked a…

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  • Stan Nicholson and Colleen Nicholson Interview, October 19, 2006

    Nicholson, Stan, Nicholson, Colleen

    Stan Nicholson recalls looking for property, building a cabin, and moving with his wife, Colleen, to their home on the Double Arrow Ranch at Seeley Lake, Montana, in 1990. He describes the sense of “r…

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  • Willis Hill Interview, April 6, 1990

    Hill, Willis

    Willis Hill recalls his childhood in Minnesota, Canada, and Montana. He describes working for a dragline outfit based in Lovell, Wyoming, building roads and digging canals in the Cody and Jackson Hole…

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  • Willie Clanton Spaulding Interview, August 5, 1985

    Spaulding, Willie Clanton

    Spaulding describes Missoula and the University of Montana in the 1920's and the changes that occurred with the Depression. She describes her husband's work with the state relief programs.This audio h…

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  • George Elmer Flynn Interview, October 21, 1985

    Flynn, George Elmer

    Elmer and Mary Flynn discuss the history of the Flynn family and the ranch begun by Elmer's grandfather. They discuss how they were affected by the Depression and World War II, including the types of…

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  • Elaine B. Williams Interview, July 25, 1991

    Williams, Elaine B

    Interview with Elaine B. Williams.This interview hasn't been transcribed yet.

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  • Lora Jean Simmons Interview, April 18, 1990

    Simmons, Lora Jean

    Interview with Lora Jean Simmons.This interview hasn't been transcribed yet.

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  • Lawrence Applebury Interview, circa 1978

    Applebury, Lawrence

    Lawrence Applebury discusses growing up during the early 1900s and attending the Willow Creek School in the Bitterroot Valley. He describes his teachers and the pranks his fellow classmates would play…

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  • Florence Bakke Riel Interview, August 8, 1985

    Riel, Florence Bakke

    Riel relates the varied effects of the Depression on her family. She also discusses the origin of Bakke Tire Company begun by her first husband and maintained as a family business.This audio has not b…

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  • Robert N. Phillip Reminiscence, February 1984

    Phillip, Robert N

    In a self-recorded reminiscence, Dr. Robert Philip discusses Rocky Mountain spotted fever and its role in the Bitterroot Valley’s development. He talks about the history of the disease, some of the di…

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  • Carl Dragstedt Interview, October 8, 1984

    Dragstedt, Carl

    Dragstedt talks of following in his father's footsteps as the owner of a men's clothing store in Missoula, Montana from the 1920s through the 1970s. He describes the effects of the Depression on the b…

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  • Dawn Bishop Interview, August 23, 1999

    Bishop, Dawn

    Dawn Bishop describes her experiences gardening in the Swan Valley, Montana. She talks about the specific microclimate around her house and what plants will grow in zone 5-B. She also details the diff…

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  • Eldo Raph Interview, November 13, 1986

    Raph, Eldo

    Eldo Raph talks about the history of the Dillon Implement Company from its founding and incorporation on October 24, 1886, to its succession of owners during the early and mid-20th century. Raph descr…

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  • Ed Beck Interview, October 1976

    Beck, Ed

    Ed Beck discusses homesteading in the Swan Valley.

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  • Winfield Page Interview, September 1986

    Page, Winfield

    Winfield Page discusses his political career in the mid-1900s in the legislature and provides clarification on points from previous interviews.This audio has not been transcribed.

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  • Bob Love Interview, October 23, 2001

    Love, Bob

    Bob Love recalls moving from Western Pennsylvania, where he grew up, to Columbia Falls, Montana, where he’s lived since 1977. He describes his experiences with the local Blackfoot tribe, attending pow…

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  • Theodore Shoemaker Interview, December 11, 1985

    Shoemaker, Theodore

    Shoemaker recalls life in Missoula from 1921 to 1985. He talks of his father's work with the Forest Service and the work of his mother, Lillian Easton Shoemaker, with the Salvation Army during the Dep…

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  • Claudia Kux Interview, October 3, 2002

    Kux, Claudia

    Claudia Kux describes moving to Montana in the late 1990s and volunteering for the Swan Ecosystem Center. She talks about working for the National Wildlife Federation in Washington D.C. prior to comin…

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  • Della Johnson Swartz Interview, February 3, 1992

    Swartz, Della Johnson

    Interview with Della Johnson Swartz. This interview hasn't been transcribed yet.

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  • Guy C. Rogers Interview, October 22, 1985

    Rogers, Guy C

    Rogers describes growing up in Missoula, Montana in the 1920s and 1930s and the effects of the Depression on him and his friends. He also tells of the various jobs he held and his career as a bomber p…

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