• Joseph "Joe" Zelezny Interview, August 13, 1954 and August 31, 1954

    Zelezny, Joseph

    Joseph “Joe” Zelezny talks about his experiences as one of the first homesteaders on Flathead Lake, near Rollins, Montana. He describes moving to the area in 1899 by covered wagon, building a log cabi…

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  • Ed Beck Interview, October 1976

    Beck, Ed

    Ed Beck discusses homesteading in the Swan Valley.

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  • Mabel Goldie Peterson Holliday Interview, July 1993

    Peterson Holliday, Mabel Goldie

    Mabel Holliday talks about growing up in various towns in Montana, including Silver Bow, Moiese, and Dixon. She recalls her father working for the Northern Pacific Railroad and explains that because o…

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  • Florence Murray Tubbs Interview, October 24, 1982

    Tubbs, Florence Murray

    Florence Murray Tubbs recalls her family’s experiences in moving to and living in rural Montana in the early 1900s. She describes how her father obtained a homestead near Belt and Raynesford, Montana…

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  • Willie Clanton Spaulding Interview, February 17, 1978

    Spaulding, Willie Clanton

    Willie Clanton Spaulding describes growing up on a sheep ranch outside of Billings, Montana, during the early 20th century, and recalls how Billings was founded. She discusses her father’s relationshi…

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  • Bessie K. Monroe Interview, circa 1978

    Monroe, Bessie K

    Bessie K. Monroe recalls the origins of the Darby School in the Bitterroot Valley in 1888, which was originally housed in a homesteader’s cabin. She talks about the first teachers at the school as wel…

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  • Sarah Caroline Ross Johnston Interview, January 6, 1988

    Ross Johnston, Sarah Caroline

    Sarah Caroline Ross Johnston speaks about her life beginning in the late 1800s, and her family’s history in Montana and Illinois. She recalls her childhood and her education, which included her attend…

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  • Warner Lundberg and Margaret Lundberg Interview, June 25, 1998

    Lundberg, Warner, Lundberg, Margaret

    Warner Lundberg describes growing up in the west Condon area of the Swan Valley, Montana during the 1920s and 1930s. He discusses a large fire that burned some of his family’s homestead in 1929 and ho…

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  • Lucille C. Forsman Interview, November 19, 1985

    Forsman, Lucille C

    Forsman speaks about her family history and life growing up on a homestead in rural Montana in the early 1900s, and how the Depression affected her family. She discusses her teaching career, moving ar…

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  • Bill Potter Interview, December 17, 2005

    Potter, Bill

    Bill Potter describes coming to Montana in the early 20th century with his parents. He recalls the family homestead and the time they spent camping and backpacking in the Mission Mountains. Potter dis…

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