Mildred Dufresne Interview, October 11, 1984


Mildred Dufresne


Gladys Peterson



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Mildred Dufresne discusses her experiences as a mother and school teacher during the Great Depression primarily in Bonner, Montana. Dufresne recalls how her family left their small farm in Missouri in 1922 to settle in Missoula, Montana. She talks about attending high school in Missoula while her sister attended the University of Montana. Dufresne describes attending Normal School in Dillon, Montana, for her teaching certificate before teaching in one-room schoolhouses in Frenchtown, Six Mile, Quigley, and Ninemile, Montana. Dufresne recalls managing a ranch near Bonner with her husband in the 1930s. She remarks on people’s struggles, including those of her family, to make a living during the Great Depression. She explains how her husband left the ranch to move to Bonner to work in the lumber mills. Dufresne concludes by noting that World War Two was an easier time for people in Montana because there were more jobs and food.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Depression Years in Montana Oral History Project, OH 131, 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 131-011b

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:38:14 minutes

Local Filename

OH_131_011_b.mp3; OH_131_011_b.pdf

Mildred Dufresne Interview, October 11, 1984