Stephen Reardon Interview, April 30, 1980


Stephen Reardon


Mary Murphy



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Stephen Reardon describes his father’s work as a troubleshooter in the mines in Butte, Montana, after he returned from World War One and his involvement in certain mine disasters. He discusses ethnic and race relations between the Chinese, Irish, English and Finnish in Butte and the importance of the Catholic schools in the town. Reardon talks about attending Carroll College in Helena, Montana, as well as the University of Washington. He reminisces about teaching at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, while working part-time in the mines.


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Document Type

Oral History


Anaconda Company; Changing conditions in the mines, Strikes and layoffs; Reardon, Stephen – Interviews; Reardon, Stephen J. (Stephen James), 1888-1968 -- Career in mining.; Reardon family; Mechanics (Persons) -- Montana -- Butte -- Biography.; Miners -- Montana -- Butte -- Interviews.; Children of miners -- Montana -- Butte -- Interviews.; Mines and mineral resources -- Montana -- Butte -- History.; Mining machinery -- Montana -- Butte -- History.; Mine safety -- Montana -- Butte -- History.; Mine accidents -- Montana -- Butte -- History.; World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans -- Montana -- Butte -- Biography.; Butte (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century.; Butte (Mont.) -- Race relations -- History.; Chinese -- Montana -- Butte -- History.; Irish -- Montana -- Butte -- History.; Finns -- Montana -- Butte -- History.; English -- Montana -- Butte -- History.; Immigrants—Montana—Butte—History; Catholic Schools—Motnana—Butte—History; Marysville (Lewis and Clark County, Mont.)—History—20th Century.; Orphan Girl Mine (Butte, Mont.)

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Butte Oral History Project, OH 098, 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 098-040, 041

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:16:59 minutes

Local Filename

OH_098_040_041.mp3; OH_098_040_041.pdf

Stephen Reardon Interview, April 30, 1980