June Hartley Howe reminisces about her parents moving to Hamilton, Montana, in 1904 and her father’s establishment of the Bitterroot Steam Laundry. She recalls life in early 20th century Hamilton and describes the town’s hotels, including the fire that destroyed the Ravalli Hotel. She discusses local businesses, including Valley Mercantile and Lucas Opera House, as well as the red-light district. She also mentions serving as organist at a few churches in Hamilton.
Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Hamilton, Montana; Bitterroot Steam Laundry; Valley Mercantile; Lucas Opera House; Red light districts, Montana
Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 120, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)
Howe, June, "June Hartley Howe Interview, October 1984" (1984). Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project. 4.