Tom Haines Interview, April 8, 1985


Tom Haines


Gladys Peterson



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Tom Haines discusses moving in and out of Montana before buying the OK Trading Company on South Fifth in 1932. He talks about how his business functioned during the height of the Depression, how credit systems and relief orders worked, and how people made money bootlegging. He also talks about the role that Missoula Mercantile played in keeping the grocery stores in Missoula running and how they helped to organize the Red and White Co-op. Haines also discusses the Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC] program and the places that people went for entertainment in Missoula, including the Rockaway Club. Haines discusses how he was elected GOP Precinct Committee Man in 1932 and his election into legislature in 1950. He talks more about his time in legislature, and also talks briefly about how he helped form the Friends of the Library at the University of Montana with Lud Browman. Haines discusses researching flour mills and the Franklin Papers, noting Franklin’s time as reporter of the first Territorial Legislature. He talks about the Historical Society records, Father Ravalli, and the red light district that existed in Missoula during the Depression. Haines also discusses Fort Missoula and Ralph Starr.

This audio has not been transcribed, but a tape counter index is available.


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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 131-017, 018

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (60 min.) analog + 1 tape counter index (6 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:18:23 minutes

Local Filename

OH_131_017_018.mp3; OH_131_017_018.pdf

Tom Haines Interview, April 8, 1985