Susan J. Buchel
Mary Bell recalls moving from Minnesota in 1941 to work at Glacier National Park before relocating to Missoula, Montana to serve as the Director of Food Operation at the Florence Hotel. Bell talks about the food rationing that occurred during World War Two and the strain that put on the hotel, which was the most popular social hub of Missoula at the time. She also remembers how many young American men were drafted into the war, which required the hotel to bolster its service staff with predominantly Italian-American internees who were held at Fort Missoula. Bell describes her positive interactions with those staff members and provide brief details about the other places in Missoula that employed internees.
World War, 1939-1945; Fort Missoula, Montana; Florence Hotel, Missoula, Montana; Wartime workforce; Internees, United State, World War
World War Two Detainees at Fort Missoula Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Oral History Number
1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)
Bell, Mary E., "Mary E. Mista Bell Interview, December 5, 1979" (1979). World War Two Detainees at Fort Missoula Oral History Collection. 3.