John “Jack” Beckwith discusses his family history and their connections to C. H. McLeod and A. B. Hammond. He talks about the Missoula Mercantile Company, growing up in St. Ignatius, and life during the 1920s and during the Depression and its effects on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Beckwith also discusses the building of the irrigation system for Flathead valley, Robert Watt, and the relationship between his grocery store and the McLeods. He ends the tape by discussing his life in Great Falls and the street in Missoula named after his father.
Great Depression (1929-1939); Flathead Indian Reservation; Saint Ignatius; Salish Indians
Depression Years in Montana Oral History Project, OH 131, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)
Beckwith, John K., "John K. "Jack" Beckwith Interview, April 16, 1985" (1985). Depression Years in Montana Oral History Project. 3.