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Ralph Lumley Oral History Interview, 1964 August 14
Overview of the Collection
- Lumley, Ralph, 1876-1969
- Ralph Lumley Oral History Interview
- 1964 August 141964081419640814
- 1 item
- Collection Number
- Collection 0147, MtBC, us (collection)
- The Ralph Lumley Oral History Interview is a typed synopsis of conversations and letters prepared during the summer of 1964 when Lumley was 87 years old. Lumley reminisced about his working career in the mines and the development of Red Lodge during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Ralph Lumley was a lifelong resident of Red Lodge. (Carbon County) Montana, where he worked as a coal miner from the age of 12 until he was 65. His father, Raddley Lumley, moved the family from Kalo, Iowa to Red Lodge in 1880 where he was employed as a coal miner. Settling Ralph, his mother, two sisters, and a brother in a log cabin, Raddley continued working at the Rocky Fork Coal Company and secured a job for Ralph. After his father's death, Ralph continued working for the company until his retirement, but he continued to pay dues to the United Mine Workers of America for the rest of his life. An amateur musician, Lumley composed several works of music that were never published but received some local performances in Red Lodge, Miles City, and other Montana towns.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Ralph Lumley interview is a typed synopsis of conversations and letters prepared by Minnie Paugh, Montana State College librarian, during the summer of 1964 when Lumley was 87 years old. In the interview, Lumley reminisced about his working career in the mines and the development of Red Lodge during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Persons mentioned in the interview include Martha Jane Canary ("Calamity Jane"), John Johnson ("Liver Eating Johnson"), and C.C. Anderson, the superintendent of the Rocky Fork Coal Company. Subjects include Native Americans who visited in the area, crime, and social conditions in Red Lodge.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Child labor-Montana-Red Lodge
- Coal miners-Montana-Red Lodge-Interviews
- Coal mines and mining-Montana-Red Lodge
- Crime-Montana-Red Lodge
- Indians of North America-Montana-Red Lodge
- Anderson, C.C.
- Calamity Jane,-1852-1903
- Johnston, John,-ca. 1822-1900
- Rocky Ford Coal Company-Employees-Interviews
- Red Lodge (Mont.)-History
- Red Lodge (Mont.)-Social conditions
Form or Genre Terms
- Interviews-Montana-Red Lodge
- Oral histories-Montana-Red Lodge
- Paugh, Minnie Ellen,-1919-2003,-interviewer (creator)