Margaret Woolaghan Nelson describes her childhood in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana, during the early 1900s. She recalls her family moving to the valley from Butte, Montana, due to her father’s poor health. She discusses significant events in her childhood like her father’s funeral and her mother giving birth to Nelson’s younger sister. Nelson talks about her elementary education at the Fairview School, before the family relocated to Hamilton, Montana, where she attended the old Washington School and her teacher recommended she move down a grade. She concludes the interview by reminiscing about the time before her father died when her family went to cut a Christmas tree.
Hamilton, Montana; Education, Montana; Schoolhouses, rural; Sawmills; Fairview School; Old Washington School; Butte, Montana; Silicosis; Black lung; Homesteading schools; Ravalli County, Montana; Bitterroot Valley, Montana
Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 120, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (3 p.: 28 cm.)
Nelson, Margaret, "Margaret Woolaghan Nelson Interview, circa 1978" (1978). Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project. 12.