George Elmer Flynn Interview, October 21, 1985


George Elmer Flynn


Gladys Peterson



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Elmer and Mary Flynn discuss the history of the Flynn family and the ranch begun by Elmer's grandfather. They discuss how they were affected by the Depression and World War II, including the types of crops they had to grow and the jobs they could get. Elmer also discusses his political career in the Montana State Legislature in the 1960s and ‘70s. Flynn discusses the bills passed in the Legislature while he was in office. He speculates on the favoritism showed to companies and industries such as the railroad. Mary and Elmer Flynn talk about the social side of politics, including parties among the wives of those in office. They end the interview by speaking about their religion and how religion tied into the Depression.

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 131-029, 030

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

01:43:40 minutes

Local Filename

OH_131_029_030.mp3; OH_131_029_030_TCI.pdf

George Elmer Flynn Interview, October 21, 1985