Homer Bailey and Betty Bailey Interview, October 1984


Mary Bielenberg



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Homer Bailey reminisces about his parents’ arrival in 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 Baileys’ 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.


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Document Type

Oral History


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)

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 120-020b

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:30:09 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_020_b.mp3; OH_120_020_b.pdf

Homer Bailey and Betty Bailey Interview, October 1984