Carolyn Frojen Interview, July 9, 1987


Carolyn Frojen


Gladys Peterson



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Carolyn Frojen discusses her childhood, her elementary education—mentioning how the educational system worked while she attended—and her high school education. She recalls what inspired her to be a teacher, and her first year working as an elementary school teacher in 1932. Frojen shares how the Great Depression affected her and the ranchers around Broadus, Montana. She talks about losing her job when she got married in 1941 because married women weren’t allowed to teach at that time. Frojen tells how she rejoined the workforce in the 1950s and becoming County Superintendent in Powder River County. She reminisces about her experiences as the County Superintendent, and running as County Superintendent in Missoula County, sharing some of the challenges she faced.


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Document Type

Oral History


Teachers, Montana; Broadus, Montana; Powder River County, Montana; Missoula County, Montana; Education, Montana; Great Depression (1929-1939)

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 131-055, 056

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (29 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:45:02 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_055_056.mp3; OH_133_055_056.pdf

Carolyn Frojen Interview, July 9, 1987