Homer Bailey reminisces his parents’ arrival to the Bitterroot Valley, Montana, in 1912 during the Bitterroot Valley apple boom and their eventual move to Corvallis to raise sheep until 1920 when they started raising sugar beets. He talks about the history of the valley’s sugar beet industry and the beet factories in the area. Bailey talks about his 51 years of beet growing experience, and explains the planting, harvesting and processing of sugar beets. Betty Bailey describes additional aspects of daily sugar beet operations and her life on the Bailey’s ranch, which included providing meals for their field hands. She also details the prisoner of war [POW] camp in Corvallis during World War Two and the German POWs who worked in the Bailey beet fields.
Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Apple industry, Montana; Sheep ranching, Montana; Beet farming, Montana; Sugar beet industry, Bitterroot Valley; Sugar beet farmers, Bitterroot Valley; Corvallis, Montana; Prisoners of war; World War (1939-1945)
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 (13 p.: 28 cm.)
Bailey, Homer and Bailey, Betty, "Homer Bailey and Betty Bailey Interview, October 1984" (1984). Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project. 7.