George M. Otto Interview, October 19, 1984


George M. Otto


Gladys Peterson



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Otto discusses his family history, moving to Montana in 1925, and his father working for the Western Montana Lumber Company at Clark’s Mill. He talks about going to school, the Anaconda Mining Company, and the economy in the 1920s. Otto also discusses a government program to control pine beetles on Bonner Mountain and the saw mill in the 1930s, as well as going to Missoula to get relief food during the Depression. He talks about carpenters getting jobs at Clinton to build a school and the economy picking up after 1936. He ends the tape by discussing the entertainment available during the Depression, as well as the immediate effects of the time period.

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 131-020

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (90 min.) analog + 1 tape counter index (3 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:23:07 minutes

Local Filename

OH_131_020.mp3; OH_131_020_TCI.pdf

George M. Otto Interview, October 19, 1984