Sam Maclay Interview, September 1983


Sam Maclay


Robert Philip?



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Sam Maclay describes his family’s history, starting with when his ancestors emigrated from Scotland to the United States, and how they came to the Bitterroot Valley in the early 1900s to homestead. He talks about the many aspects of homesteading in the Bitterroot Valley, which required ditch digging, fence building, land clearing, and bridge building. He discusses the layout of the homestead and the surrounding areas in detail. Maclay recalls the experiences of shepherding the sheep his family owned and the various places they would go to pasture, when, and why. Maclay gives a detailed description of the creation of Rocky Mountain Laboratories and his time as an employee there, where studied ticks and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Maclay talks about his colleagues and the development of the laboratory during his time as an employee.


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Document Type

Oral History


Rocky Mountain Laboratories [RML]; Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Mining, Montana; Homesteading, Montana; Mormon Creek ditch, Montana; Sheep herding; Vaccination development; Rocky Mountain spotted fever; Tick-borne diseases; Immigration, Montana; Scottish immigrants, 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 120-015

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)]

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:59:07 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_015.mp3; OH_120_015.pdf

Sam Maclay Interview, September 1983