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.
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
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 (16 p.: 28 cm.)
Crutchfield, Jack Massie and Welton, Virginia Denoon, "Jack Crutchfield and Virginia Crutchfield Welton Interview, circa 1978" (1978). Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project. 19.