Mabel Maxwell Fullerton Interview, October 1984


Mabel Fullerton


Mary Bielenberg



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Mabel Fullerton describes her family’s move from Colorado to Montana’s Bitterroot Valley in 1909 when she was 12. She talks about living in Hamilton, Montana, in the early 20th century, reminiscing about her home, education, train travel, and recreation. Fullerton briefly recounts working as a ranch cook after she graduated from high school. She discusses working at a telephone operator in Hamilton (and briefly at a hotel in Yakima, Washington) for 36 years beginning in 1916. Fullerton describes being a telephone operator during both world wars, and she details the changes to the phone system during her tenure. She also talks about her husband, Bill, a plumber and owner of Fullerton Plumbing Company, and her two sons, John and Bill.


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Document Type

Oral History


Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Hamilton, Montana; World War (1914-1918); World War (1939-1945); Fullerton Plumbing Company; Daly Opera House; Telephone operators, 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 120-021

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

00:26:41 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_021.mp3; OH_120_021.pdf

Mabel Maxwell Fullerton Interview, October 1984