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Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation From the Ground Up Oral History Project, 2012 -

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Montana Historical Society
Title
Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation FromtheGroundUp Oral History Project
Dates
2012 - (inclusive)
Quantity

23 audio recordings with transcripts; Number of pages in each transcript provided in container list.
Collection Number
OH 2327
Summary
This oral history project builds community memories by recording and preserving the oral histories of women ranchers and farmers. The stories capture a look at their past and a glimpse into their daily lives as they work and care for the land and animals. While each woman has a unique experience, a number of common topics are discussed in all the oral histories. These topics include what a typical day on the ranch/farm looks like, being a wife of a rancher/farmer and raising their families on ranches/farms, working as a family to operate the ranch/farm their involvement in their local communites, the community schools they attended as children, the link between ranching and conservation, what role they feel women play in agriculture, and what the term "sense of place" means to them.
Repository
Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT
59620-1201
Telephone: 406-444-2681
Fax: 406-444-5297
mhslibrary@mt.gov
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Conservation Districts, Bureau, under the guidance of Linda Brander, developed theFromtheGroundUp Oral History Project in 2012 as a way to highlight the role of women in agriculture and conservation as an essential thread in the fabric of Montana's settlement and history. Working with local DNRC conservation districts, the program works with students, educators, and community leaders, providing training and guidance to local residents,520 teachers, and students as they prepare to conduct interviews. Interviews are then conducted with women in the local agricultural community.

Interviewers also included local conservation district administrators, and oral history project director Linda Brander. For more information on the project, please visit the Conservation Districts Bureau page on the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation website.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This oral history project focused on the experiences of 25 women in 23520 interviews. Each interview includes an audio recording as well as a typed transcript. You can find the transcripts on the DNRC Conservation Districts' Bureau Website.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Researchers requesting copies of interviews should refer to the OH number and name of interviewee when ordering.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Montana Historical Society is the co-owner (along with the Montana Department of Natural Resource and Conservation) of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained fromthe Research Library before any reproduction use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization fromthe copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

[OH number][Interview title] Montana Historical Society Research Center. Archives. Helena, Montana.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description
OH 2327_1: EVELYN AIKEN INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 24 pages)
Evelyn Aiken was born January 24, 1925 in Whitlash, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Whitlash (Mont.) ; Postmasters--Montana. ; Chester (Mont.) ; Thompson Falls (Mont.)--schools.; Ranch life--winter. ; Dowsing--Montana. ; Weeds--Control--Montana.
OH 2327_2: JEANETTE TOMSHECK BROWN INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 14 pages)
Jeanette Tomsheck Brown was born east of Sunburst, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Sunburst (Mont.) ; Farm life--Winter. ; Toole County (Mont.)--Schools. ; Ranchers' spouses--Montana. ; Whitlash (Mont.)--Presbyterian Church.
OH 2327_3: CELESTE SCHWEND INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 13 pages)
Celeste Schwend (nee Ward) was born in Carbon County, MT on August 17, 1931. Topics covered in the interview include: Carbon County (Mont.)--Schools. ; Carbon Conservation District; Dairy cattle--Montana.
OH 2327_4: LINDA FINLEY INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 13 pages)
Linda Finley (nee Schwend) was born in Carbon County, MT on Pryor Mountain. Topics covered in the interview include: Carbon Count (Mont.)--Schools. ; Ranch life--Montana. ; Sheep industry--Montana. ; Irrigation--Montana--Management.
OH 2327_5: JOYCE VERNETTA LARSEN DYE INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 7 pages)
Joyce Vernetta Larsen Dye was born April 22, 1928 outside Galata, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Farming activites--Harvesting. ; Galata (Mont.)--Schools.
OH 2327_6: MICHELLE GEARY HOLT INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 16 pages)
Michelle Geary Holt was born Jun 1948 in Butte, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Helmville (Mont.)--History. ; Ranchers' spouses--Montana. ; Haying.; Haying equipment. ; Cattle--Parturition. ; Challenges--Ranch life.
OH 2327_7: CORA GROGGINS AND JANET GROGGINS ENDECOTT INTERVIEW
2 .wav file(s) (Transcript 27 pages)
Cora Groggins was born in Harlowton, MT in 1929, Janet Groggins Endecott was born in 1944 in Ennis, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Cattle--Breeding. ; Cattle--Showing ; Ranchers' spouses--Montana. ; Ranches--Sexual division of labor. ; Madison Conservation District. ; Soil conservation--Montana. ; Earthquakes--Montana--Hebgen Lake.
OH 2327_8: DIANA GRAVELEY AND CHARMON GRAVELEY HANSEN INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 18 pages)
Diana Graveley (nee Burkart) was born in Billings, MT in 1928. Charmon Graveley Hansen grew up on the family ranch west of Canyon Ferry Lake, MT. Topics included in the interview include: Farm tenancy--Montana. ; Agriculture--Economic aspects--Montana. ; Ranchers' spouses--Montana. ; Livestock farms--Montana. ; Harvesting machinery.
OH 2327_9: HELEN GIBBS INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 21 pages)
Helen Gibbs was born on August 19, 1928 in Jordan, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Garfield County--Schools. ; Jordan (Mont.) ; Predatroy animals--Contorl--Montana. ; Livestock--Grazing. ; Rural electrification--Montana.
OH 2327_10: MELODY HARDING INTERVIEW
2 .wav file(s) (Transcript 14 pages)
Melody Harding was born on February 24, 1951 in Lander, Wy. Topics covered in the interview include: Rodeos--Montana. ; Horses--Training--Montana. ; Ranches--Sexual division of labor.
OH 2327_11: TRACY HENTGES INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 25 pages)
Tracy Hentges (nee Goerss) was born on March 2, 1964 in Springville, NY. Topics covered in the interview include: Cattle--Montana. ; Wheat farmers--Montana. ; Crops and soils--Montana. ; Range management--Montana.
OH 2327_12: BETTY HEDSTROM INTERVIEW
2 .wav file(s) (Transcript 25 pages)
Betty Johnson Hedstrom was born on February 13, 1955 in Great Falls, MT and raised in Raynesford, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Fronteir and pioneer life--Homesteading--Montana. ; Judith Basin (Mont.) ; Horse training--Montana. ; Cattle--Montana. ; 4-H clubs--Judith Basin (Mont.) ; Judith Basin Conservation District
OH 2327_13: LAURAINE JOHNSON INTERVIEW
2 .wav file(s) (Transcript 23 pages)
Lauraine Johnson (nee Whitworth) was born on May 17, 1942 in Arlee, MT . Topics covered in the interview include: Farm tenancy--Montana. ; Pastures--Irrigation. ; Indians, North American--Montana--Ranching. ; Eastern Sanders Conservation District ; Resource Advisory Council
OH 2327_14: MAGGIE JULSON INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 32 pages)
Maggie Julson (nee Small) was born July 27, 1942 in St. Charles, MN. She purchased her first Montana ranch in 1980 in Sheridan, MT and purchased a ranch in Reed Point, MT in 1989. Topics covered in the interview include: Sheep farming--Montana. ; Grazing--Montana--Management. ; Targhee Sheep ; Alternative Energy Resources Organization (Helena, Mont.) ; Farming--No-tillage. ; Predatroy animals--Contorl--Montana.
OH 2327_15: JUDI KNAPP INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 12 pages)
Judi Knapp (nee Black) was born May 19, 1944 in New Rockford, ND and grew up on a rach in Musselshell County, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Wheat farmers--Montana. ; Challenges--Ranch life. ; Ranches--Sexual division of labor.
OH 2327_16: PEGGY GRAVELEY KUDE INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 9 pages)
Pegy Graveley Kude was born around 1941 andgrew up in Townsend, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Townsend (Mont.) ; Hay--Harvesting. ; Lombard (Mont.)--Schools
OH 2327_17: ESTHER MCDONALD INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 21 pages)
Esther McDonalds was born in Seattle, WA and moved with her family to a ranch in Darby, MT. She then married her husband and moved onto his family ranch in Philipsburg, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Livestock--Transportation. ; Hay--Harvesting. ; Pastures--Irrigation. ; Women in agriculture--Montana--Societies, etc. ; Ranching--Law and legislation ; Montana Stockgrowers Association ; Bitterroot Valley (Mont.)--Socieities, etc. ; Social life and customs--Montana.
OH 2327_18: NOLA PETERSON INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 7 pages)
Nola Peterson (Sorenson) was born on August 3, 1959 in Ontario, OR and ranches with her husband on the Person Grain and Cattle Inc. ranch 26 miles northwest of Havre, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Farm management--Montana. ; Wheat farmers--Montana. Community Activists--Hill County (Mont.)
OH 2327_19: ARLENE PILE INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 10 pages)
Arlene Pile (nee Birkeland) was born on November 11, 1934 in Big Timber, MT and grew up on a ranch in Lower Deer Creek east of Big Timber. Topics covered in the interview include: Cattle--Montana. ; Community Activists--Sweet Grass County (Mont.).
OH 2327_20: VERNA SOKOLOSKI INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 27 pages)
Verna Sokoloski was born December 9, 1914 in Wibaus County, MT on the family ranch. Topics covered in the interview include: Social life and customs--Wibaux County (Mont.) ; Agriculture--Montana ; Great Depression. ; Icehouses--Montana. ; Threshing--Montana. ; St. Phillips (Mont.)--Schools.
OH 2327_21: GLENNA STUCKY INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 12 pages)
Glenna Stucky (nee Krueger) was born September 21, 1936 in Bozeman, MT and grew up on a farm in the Gallatin Valley. Topics covered in the interview include: Farm management--Montana--Accounting. ; Women in agriculture--Montana--Societies, etc.
OH 2327_22: JANET ZEIG INTERVIEW
2 .wav file(s) (Transcript 24 pages)
Janet Zeig (nee Cameron) was born on April 22, 1934 In Harlow, MT and grew up on a ranch outside Martinsdale, MT. Topics covered in the interview include: Meagher County (Mont.)--Schools. Wheatland County (Mont.)--School. ; Sheep farming--Montana. ; Grazing--Montana--Management. ; Challenges--Ranch life. ; Cattle--Animal feeding. ; Livestock management--Montana. ; Outfitting industry--Montana. ; Ranches--Sexual division of labor.
OH 2327_23: DANA WEATHERFORD INTERVIEW
1 .wav file(s) (Transcript 7 pages)
Dana Weatherford was born on July 17, 1993 in Billings, MT and spent her childhood on the family ranch in Joliet, MT. She is the daughter of Linda Finley (OH 2327_4). Topics covered in the interview include: Youth organizations--Agriculture. ; Weeds--Control--Montana.