Jack Crutchfield and Virginia Crutchfield Welton Interview, circa 1978


Mary Bielenberg



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Jack Crutchfield and Virginia Crutchfield Welton talk about the formation of Hamilton, Montana, in the late 1890s and the roles their father, Charles Crutchfield, and Marcus Daly played in planning and building the town. The two sisters reminisce about their childhood in the early years of Hamilton, watching the town grow through construction, millwork, the apple boom, and tourism. They recall the community efforts to build churches and schools and recount social events the town had, such as pancake suppers. They discuss early businesses in Hamilton and speak about their family’s relationship to the Daly family.


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Document Type

Oral History


Hamilton, Montana; Marcus Daly; Marcus Daly, family; Daly Mansion, Hamilton, Montana; Ravalli Hotel; Hamilton cultural events; Charles Crutchfield; Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Ravalli County, Montana; Apple industry, Montana

Original Date


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 120-005b

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:29:05 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_005_b.mp3; OH_120_005_b.pdf

Jack Crutchfield and Virginia Crutchfield Welton Interview, circa 1978