Byron Thrailkill Interview, August 3, 1983

Interviewee

Byron Thrailkill

Interviewer

Robert Philip

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Description

Byron Thrailkill, born in Bell Crossing, Montana in 1895, discusses growing up in the Bitterroot Valley. He describes working on the railroads and in the Rocky Mountain Laboratories [RML], Missoula-based laboratory that focused on vaccine development. Thrailkill discusses his work during the 1920s researching tick-borne diseases, including tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and choriomeningitis, under the direction of Dr. Parker and Dr. Spencer. He details his daily duties in the laboratory, including collecting ticks in Missoula and the surrounding areas for research. Thrailkill also recalls anecdotes about his friends, such as Earl Malone, and provides a snapshot of life in 1920s Missoula.

Portions of this interview are restricted at the interviewee’s request.

Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Rocky Mountain Laboratories [RML]; Missoula, Montana; Vaccination development; Rocky Mountain spotted fever; Tick-borne diseases

Original Date

8-3-1983

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

Original Collection

Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 120, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 120-007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:38:05 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_007.mp3; OH_120_007.pdf

Byron Thrailkill Interview, August 3, 1983

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