Kenneth Hayes and Rachel Hayes Interview, July 14, 1987


Gladys Peterson



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Kenneth Hayes describes living in Wibaux, Montana, and how the Great Depression affected his family, with his mother serving as both a housewife and farm hand on their family’s farm. He recalls joining the Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC] in 1935, the people he met, and how workers within the program were paid. Hayes talks about working as a cook for the CCC and what his brothers’ jobs were in the Corps. He mentions the leadership of the CCC and what he and his brothers did after leaving the Corps in the late 1930s. Hayes talks about moving to Missoula, Montana, where he worked various jobs and marrying his wife, Rachel Hayes. He briefly discusses his wife’s childhood in Missoula, before Rachel Hayes shares her memories of the Great Depression. She describes the welfare program and her father’s job with the Works Progress Administrations (WPA).


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Document Type

Oral History


Great Depression (1929-1939); World War (1939-1945); Works Progress Administration (WPA); Wibaux, Montana; Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC); Farmers, Montana; Missoula, Montana

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 131-054

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:53:01 minutes

Local Filename

OH_131_054.mp3; OH_131_054.pdf

Kenneth Hayes and Rachel Hayes Interview, July 14, 1987