Eva Cross Interview, November 11, 1993


Eva Cross


Patricia E. O'Connell



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Eva Cross details running the ice cream parlor she owned in California before World War Two. She recalls how she had to sell the business after the U.S. entered the war due to the rationing of butter and sugar. Cross described the various jobs she and her husband worked during the war, including at Douglas Aircraft during World War Two, before deciding to breed and sell chinchillas. Cross discusses the family’s eventual relocation to Red Lodge, Montana, and how much she enjoyed raising chinchillas. She briefly mentions the mining industry in Red Lodge during the late 18th and early 19th century. Cross concludes by telling how she and her husband met and married.


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Document Type

Oral History


World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1939-1945; Ranching, Montana; Homesteading, Montana; Ice business; Chinchillas; Red Lodge, Montana; Ice cream shop; Coal mining industry, Montana; Dry Creek, Montana; Bearcreek, Montana; War rationing; Immigrant population, Red Lodge, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Eva Cross Oral History Project, OH 299, 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 299-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:51:47 minutes

Local Filename

OH_299_002.mp3; OH_299_002.pdf

Eva Cross Interview, November 11, 1993