• Anne Needham Interview, circa August 1981

    Needham, Anne

    Anne Needham discusses moving to Great Falls, Montana, with her husband for his job with the Anaconda Company. She talks about raising a family in Great Falls during the mid-20th century, her career a…

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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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  • Florida Jette LaCasse and Angelina LaCasse Interview, circa 1975-1976

    LaCasse, Florida Jette, LaCasse, Angelina

    Florida LaCasse, and her daughter Angelina LaCasse discuss homesteading in the Frenchtown Valley. Florida LaCasse relates the history of the Jette family and how they immigrated from Montreal, Canada…

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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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  • 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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  • Oliver "Ollie" Hill Interview, June 19, 1999

    Hill, Oliver

    Oliver "Ollie" Hill describes growing up on a homestead near Condon, Montana. He talks about his father, a Finnish immigrant who came to America to escape what Hill describes as serfdom in Finland at…

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  • Jack Ray and Philip Cyr Interview, January 1, 1975

    Ray, Jack, Cyr, Philip

    Jack Ray describes owning a general store from 1916 to 1921 in Frenchtown, Montana, and how he used to travel through the valley taking orders for groceries and delivering them. He shares stories abou…

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  • Marie Louise Plourd, Dona Plourd Corr, and Ida Longpre Interview, April 24, 1975

    Plourd, Marie Louise, Corr, Dona Plourd, Longpre, Ida

    Marie Plourd, Dona Corr, and Ida Longpre discuss Pete Scheffer, describing how he came to live in Frenchtown, his wife, and his residency. They then go on to discuss his family, focusing primarily on…

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  • Anne Needham Interview, July 9, 1981

    Needham, Anne

    Anne Needham describes moving with her family from Iowa to Missoula, Montana, when she was six years old. She recalls the train ride to Montana with her mother and siblings on what was considered an “…

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  • Martha Staff McIver Interview, July 8, 1993

    McIver, Martha

    Martha Staff McIver discusses her family history, detailing how her grandparents emigrated to the United States from Norway and her parent’s homestead near Chinook, Montana. She describes her childhoo…

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  • Gertrude Rognlie Interview, November 26, 1994

    Rognlie, Gertrude

    Gertrude Rognlie talks about growing up in Somers, Montana, during the 1920s and 1930s. She recalls what it was like living in a company town and what happened to the town after the Somers Lumber Comp…

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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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  • James Bell "J. B." Armstrong Interview 4, 1957

    Armstrong, James Bell

    James “J. B.” Armstrong talks about hauling grain to Baker, South Dakota, in his truck, which he called “Tilly the toiler.” Armstrong remembers various storeowners and residents of Ekalaka, Montana. H…

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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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  • Matt Christy Interview, March 13, 1980

    Christy, Matt

    Matt Christy, who emigrated from Yugoslavia to the United States as a young man, describes working as a grocery store clerk and becoming the owner of multiple stores in Butte, Montana. He discusses va…

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  • Jack L. Demmons Interview, May 6, 1984

    Demmons, Jack L

    Jack Demmons discusses his life growing up in Bonner during the Great Depression and World War Two. He talks about his father, who was a river boss at the Bonner Mill until his death in 1950, Demmons…

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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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  • Helmi Hannuksela Jackson Interview, March 27, 1980

    Jackson, Helmi Hannuksela

    Helmi Jackson describes her childhood in Finland and how her mother died when Helmi was only three. Jackson talks about visiting her sister in 1923 in Butte, Montana, and deciding to stay. She recalls…

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  • George Vogt Interview, September 1984

    Vogt, George

    George Vogt tells how his grandfather emigrated from Bavaria, Germany, to the United States in 1852, spending time in New York City and Michigan, before settling in Sula, Montana. He mentions his gran…

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