Elizabeth "Libby" Kuntz discusses her stepfather, Francis Bardanouve’s marriage to her mother, Venus, in 1967. She recalls moving from Helena, Montana, to Harlem, Montana, at the age of 16 to live on the Bardanouve ranch, and discusses Bardanouve’s personality and her relationship with him. She describes his image in Harlem, and his interactions with her son and other children. She recounts Bardanouve’s close relationship with his mother, Alice Bardanouve, and mentions her own relationship with Alice Bardanouve. Interviewer Steve Waldron recounts a conversation he had with Venus Bardanouve about Francis Bardanouve’s views on church and religion, his personality at home and in the legislature, his generosity, the effect of his cleft palate on his life, and his friendship with Clayton Zander and the Zander family. Waldron discusses his own perceptions of Francis Bardanouve’s generosity, kindness, and intentionality as well as Bardanouve’s feelings for his wife, Venus, and his interactions with children.
Harlem, Montana; Cleft palate; Clayton Zander; Zander family; Alice Bardanouve; Francis Bardanouve
Francis Bardanouve Oral History Project, OH 113, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)]
Kuntz, Elizabeth, "Elizabeth "Libby" Kuntz Interview, April 30, 1983" (1983). Francis Bardanouve Oral History Project. 1.