Fern Severns and Sadie Summers Interview, circa 1978


May Vallance



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Fern Severns and Sadie Summers talk about attending the Como School in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana, during the early 1900s. They recall the classmates and teachers who were a part of the school as well as the families in the county who sent their children to the Como School. Both interviewees describe some disruptive moments during their school days, including a boy setting fire to a tree. They speak in turn about their family backgrounds and how their parents came to the valley. Summers recalls her mother dying in childbirth, leaving her father to raise six children alone. Severns recalls life without her father, who died in a lumber accident. Both interviewees describe the games they played at school and parties they attended. Severns notes that her mother often hosted parties for the children.


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Document Type

Oral History


Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Ravalli County, Montana; Education, Montana; Schoolhouses, rural; Como School; Homesteading schools; Hamilton, Montana; Boulder, Montana; Dillon, Montana; Marcus Daly; Timber industry, Montana; Homesteaders, Montana; Children’s games; Early 20th century games

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Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




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


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 120-004c

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:17:22 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_004_c.mp3; OH_120_004_c.pdf

Fern Severns and Sadie Summers Interview, circa 1978