• Nick Kramis Interview, circa 1978

    Kramis, Nick

    Nick Kramis describes his early life and education in the Charlos Heights School, a one-room school in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana, during the early 1910s. He recounts the struggles of being a seco…

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  • Helen Anderson Brist Interview, June 11, 2007

    Brist, Helen

    Helen Anderson Brist recalls memories from her childhood in Montana. She tells how her mother, an immigrant from Norway, and her father, a first generation immigrant from Sweden, met and married in So…

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  • Ed Foss Interview, September 11, 1999

    Foss, Ed

    Ed Foss tells how he moved to the Swan Valley, Montana, after discovering the area during a packing trip through the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He recalls how, on the advice of one of his pack guides, h…

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  • Forrest H. Poe and Flossie M. Poe Interview, February 22, 1988

    Poe, Forrest H, Poe, Flossie M

    Forrest Poe reflects on growing up in the Rattlesnake area of Missoula, Montana in the early 1900s. He describes the harsh conditions that homesteaders endured including infectious disease epidemics o…

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  • William J. B. “Ike” Melton and Clarence “Cy” Young Interview, circa 1965

    Melton, William J. B, Young, Clarence

    William “Ike” Melton chronicles moving to Montana in 1912 and homesteading on the Flathead Indian Reservation. He discusses how he came to work at the Bison Range and describes the buffalo disposal pr…

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  • Neil Meyer and Dixie Meyer Interview, March 2006

    Meyer, Neil, Meyer, Dixie

    Neil Meyer and his wife, Dixie Meyer, describe the homesteading lifestyle in the Upper Swan Valley, Montana. Neil discusses working as a logger and recalls sustainable logging practices and the econom…

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  • Mary Graves Welte Interview, February 19, 1981

    Welte, Mary

    Mary Welte describes her experiences homesteading in Montana. She recalls moving with her family on an immigrant train from Illinois to Montana when she was eleven years old. Welte discusses her fathe…

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  • Dorothy Helen Dammrose Lander Hubber, March 10, 1991

    Hubber, Dorothy Helen

    Dorothy Helen Dammrose Lander Hubber details her childhood in Montana in the early 1900s. She speaks about her family homesteading near Great Falls and farming the land. She recalls attending school n…

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  • Fern Severns and Sadie Summers Interview, circa 1978

    Severns, Fern, Summers, Sadie

    Fern Severns and Sadie Summers talk about attending the Como School in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana, during the early 1900s. They recall the classmates and teachers who were a part of the school as…

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  • Ernie Jellison Interview, September 17, 1997

    Jellison, Ernie

    Ernie Jellison describes the construction and layout of his family’s cabin, homesteads and other buildings in Two Dot and Harlowton, Montana. He recalls sheepherding and ranch work as well as his fath…

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  • Grant Canoy and Herb Sherburne Interview, September 19, 1997

    Canoy, Grant, Sherburne, Herb

    Grant Canoy discusses mining in the Little Belt Mountains of Montana, specifically the Yogo Peak district. He recalls old prospectors including Paul Vdovic. He describes homesteading, farming and shee…

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  • Ed Beck Interview, October 1976

    Beck, Ed

    Ed Beck discusses homesteading in the Swan Valley.

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  • Queveene Talley and ValGene Clothier Interview, May 9, 2006

    Talley, Queveene, Clothier, ValGene

    Queveene Talley and her son, ValGene Clothier, discuss the experience of homesteading in and around Condon, Montana, where they first settled in 1938. Talley describes the hardships of homesteading as…

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  • Gus Kroll Interview, circa 1965

    Kroll, Gus

    Gus Kroll talks about moving to Montana from Texas and homesteading near Moiese. He describes working on the National Bison Range for director Andrew Hodges. Kroll recalls the communities Dixon and Mo…

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  • Helen Hodges Bower Interview, February 5, 1965

    Bower, Helen

    Helen Hodges Bower discusses moving to Ravalli in 1909, the homesteaders coming in 1910, her life—going to school, what the winters were like, a few buildings—and what she remembers of her father’s bu…

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  • Bessie Pearl Catron Conner Interview, September 6, 1970

    Conner, Bessie Pearl

    Bessie Catron Conner, who came to Montana in 1899, discusses growing up on a homestead at Camp Creek, Montana, located near the Gallatin Valley. She describes in detail the house and outbuildings, rid…

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  • Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 7, circa 1950s

    Smith, Glen A

    Glen A. Smith recalls his role in planning road and lookout locations within the Kootenai National Forest. Smith emphasizes the Forest Service’s continued dependence on stock-use as the primary means…

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  • Esther May Elizabeth Allen McDonald, March 19, 1991

    McDonald, Esther May Elizabeth

    Esther MacDonald describes growing up in Highwood, Montana during the early 20th century. She reminisces about getting electricity, running water, and her family’s first car. MacDonald talks about lif…

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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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  • Lucille Wilhelm and Shirley Webb Interview, July 29, 2003

    Wilhelm, Lucille, Webb, Shirley

    Lucille Wilhelm details her childhood in Swan Valley, Montana, describing both the joys and hardships of living in such a secluded place. She discusses attending high school in Missoula, Montana, duri…

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