Henry Lavoie Interview, March 21, 1975
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Henry Lavoie, who was interviewed on March 21, 1975, and February 1976, tells how his French-Canadian father emigrated to Frenchtown in 1888. He talks about his mother’s family, the Cyrs, who arrived in Frenchtown around 1876. Lavoie describes growing up in Frenchtown during the early 20th century, attending the Huson school, and observing the logging activities in that area. He recalls the various families who homesteaded in that area. Lavoie shares his memories of serving in the U.S. military during World War One and being stationed in Europe. He mentions contracting polio after he returned to the States. Lavoie reminisces about the St. John’s Day celebrations, including the first one which was held in 1908. He shares his farming experiences such as purchasing his first tractor and threshing machine in 1936 and the effect the Great Depression had on grain prices.
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Frenchtown, Montana; Lavoie family; Cyr family; Huson school; World War (1914-1918); Great Depression (1929-1939): St. John’s Day; Homesteading, Montana; Polio; Farming, Montana; Farming equipment; Bootlegging
Frenchtown Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 047, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Lavoie, Henry, "Henry Lavoie Interview, March 21, 1975" (1975). Frenchtown Historical Society Oral History Project. 13.