• Al Wise Interview, May 26, 1999

    Wise, Al

    Al Wise shares a number of colorful anecdotes about his life from living in Illinois until he was married, then moving to the Swan Valley in Montana in 1932 for employment. He recalls homesteading the…

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  • Emma Evers Interview, August 1976

    Evers, Emma

    Emma Evers describes growing up on her family’s farm in Iowa with 13 brothers and sisters. She recalls the chores they did and the games they played as well as dropping out of school at age 16 to help…

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  • Alfred E. Deschamps Interview, April 26, 1976

    Deschamps, Alfred E

    Alfred E. Deschamps recalls how his father emigrated from Montreal, Canada, to the Frenchtown valley in Montana in 1878, and how his mother emigrated from New Brunswick, Canada, in 1886. He talks abou…

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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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  • Bob Reed and Peggy Reed Interview, November 7, 2001

    Reed, Bob, Reed, Peggy

    Bob Reed and Peggy Reed talk about the time they have spent in Swan Valley, Montana. Each tell how their parents homesteaded and worked odd jobs in and around the Swan Valley area. Bob recalls his tim…

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  • Warner Lundberg and Frank Lundberg Interview, June 11, 1999

    Lundberg, Warner, Lundberg, Frank

    Warner Lundberg and his younger brother, Frank, describe homesteading in the Swan Valley in Montana as the children of Swedish immigrants who came to Montana in the early 20th century. The brothers of…

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  • Gyda Newman and Bob Newman Interview, February 1, 1999

    Newman, Gyda, Newman, Bob

    Gyda Newman briefly describes her father’s job with the U.S. Forest Service and when her family moved from the Swan Valley into Missoula, Montana. Bob Newman recalls when his parents purchased a home…

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  • Marie Louise Plourd and Dona Plourd Corr Interview, April 8, 1975

    Plourd, Marie Louise, Corr, Dona

    Dona Corr assists her French-speaking mother, Marie Plourd, in describing how she immigrated to the Frenchtown valley in Montana in 1900 and married to Donat Plourd, who emigrated from Quebec, Canada…

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  • Leita Anderson Interview, October 13, 2000

    Anderson, Leita

    Leita Anderson talks about growing up in Salmon Prairie, Montana, and recalls the families who lived there when she was a child, particularly the Anderson family. She describes how her father grew up…

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  • Wayne "Butch" Harmon Interview, January 18, 2000

    Harmon, Wayne

    Wayne "Butch" Harmon tells how his grandfather came to the Swan Valley of Montana in 1917 as a logger with the Great Northern Railroad and homesteaded at Salmon Prairie. Harmon relates stories from hi…

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  • Juliette Marcure Interview, April 29, 1976

    Marcure, Juliette

    Juliette Marcure describes the typhoid epidemic in the Frenchtown area circa 1906, when she was six years old, and how it affected her and a number of her family members. She shares memories of attend…

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  • Henry Lavoie Interview, March 21, 1975

    Lavoie, Henry

    Henry Lavoie, who was interviewed on March 21, 1975, and February 1976, tells how his French-Canadian father emigrated to Frenchtown in 1888. He talks about his mother’s family, the Cyrs, who arrived…

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  • John A. "Del" Stark Interview, January 5, 1975

    Stark, John Adelbert

    John “Del” Stark talks about his childhood, when his family moved from Chicago, Illinois, to a small farm outside of Roundup, Montana. He describes working on his family’s ranch herding sheep and how…

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  • Karen Conley and E. Dale Conley Interview, December 6, 2001

    Conley, Karen, Conley, E. Dale

    Karen Conley recalls childhood memories of living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, before her family moved to the Swan Valley, area of Montana. She describes boarding in Missoula, Montana, with her sister so…

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  • Elizabeth Bertha Weldon Interview, August 26, 1976

    Weldon, Elizabeth Bertha

    Elizabeth Bertha Weldon describes her mother’s early childhood in Minnesota during the mid-19th century. She then moves on to discuss her own childhood and reminisces about the chores she did and the…

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  • Dovie Zehnter Interview, October 21, 1976

    Zehnter, Dovie

    Dovie Zehntner recalls her family moving to Montana in 1887 and homesteading outside of Helena, Montana, where her father worked in a mine. She discusses going to school in White Sulphur Springs, Mont…

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  • Susie Huston Interview, August 1976

    Huston, Susie

    Susie Huston describes growing up in Missouri on a ranch with her large family, attending church there, doing chores, and celebrating holidays with her parents and siblings. She mentions moving to Kan…

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  • Sam Maclay Interview, September 1983

    Maclay, Sam

    Sam Maclay describes his family’s history, starting with when his ancestors emigrated from Scotland to the United States, and how they came to the Bitterroot Valley in the early 1900s to homestead. He…

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  • Arthur Donlan Interview, February 1, 1975

    Donlan, Arthur

    Arthur Donlan tells how his parent immigrated to the Frenchtown valley in Montana in 1892. He talks about his father working in the lumber camps in western Montana before setting up a sawmill in the v…

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  • Irma Mulcihy Interview, March 15, 1976

    Mulcihy, Irma

    Irma Mulcihy reminisces about life in the Frenchtown valley in Montana during the early 20th century including walking to school in the mud and singing in mass on Sundays. She describes her photos of…

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