• Bernice Batey Interview, June 19, 1977

    Batey, Bernice

    Bernice Batey talks about her early childhood in Minnesota and her family’s move to Montana by train when she was eight years old. She briefly discusses moving back to Minnesota to complete high schoo…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rich Nelson Interview, November 9, 2001

    Nelson, Rich

    Rich Nelson describes the summers he spent in Swan Valley, Montana, throughout his childhood in the 1930s. He details how his parents, Carl and Min Nelson, acquired land and built a cabin in the area…

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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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  • Arthur Dussault Interview, August 17, 1975

    Dussault, Arthur

    Arthur Dussault describes how his grandfather emigrated from Canada to homestead in Montana in 1885. He notes how his grandfather’s choice of land caused tension between him and Native Americans popul…

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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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  • Hazel Marsh Interview, January 23, 1990

    Marsh, Hazel

    Hazel Marsh discusses the Stage Station run by the Birmingham family south of Bearmouth, Montana. She describes how the Lannen family bought the property in 1910 and kept it as part of their ranch hol…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Irvin "Shorty" Shope and Boyd Van Horn Interview, December 17, 1970

    Shope, Irvin, Van Horn, Boyd

    Irwin "Shorty" Shope and Boyd Van Horn discuss their season trailing cattle between Miles City and Jordan, Montana in 1925. They discuss their time as cowboys, including stories that detail the landsc…

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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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  • Rodney “Rod” Fox Interview, October 10, 2000

    Fox, Rodney

    Rodney “Rod” Fox tells how his family homesteaded in the Swan Valley of Montana around 1932. He describes his father’s business as a commercial packer in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Fox talks about h…

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  • Daniel Longpre Interview, February 25, 1976

    Longpre, Daniel

    Daniel Longpre talks of his family and the other early settlers of the Frenchtown valley including the Poitras, Touchettes, Ledouxs, and Ploufs, many of whom were French Canadian immigrants. He descri…

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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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