William Dufresne and Louise Williams Interview, March 8, 1976


William Dufresne and Louise Williams Interview, March 8, 1976


Barbara Frey


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William Dufresne and Louise Williams share their childhood memories of growing up in the Frenchtown Valley in Montana during the early 20th century. They talk about attending one-room schools in Frenchtown and Huson, their neighbors and various business owners they recall, the wildlife they saw, and the various Catholic priests who were assigned to the Frenchtown parish, including Father Lionel Legris. They mention business and landmarks including the Glaude Hotel, and attending mass on Sundays where each family had its own pew. They talk at length about the logging activities in the valley as well as gold mining.

Also participating in the interview: Goldie Cole Dufresne, Julian Dufresne, Margaret Allen DuFresne, Anna Mildred Mueller Dufresne, Mamie Reeves, and Julia Dufresne Van Holt.

Only a transcript of this interview exists. The audio is missing.

Document Type

Oral History


Teachers, Montana; Frenchtown, Montana; One-room schools, Montana; Father Lionel Legris; Glaude Hotel, Montana; Glaude family; Dufresne family; Logging, Montana; Gold mining; Prospecting; Catholic church, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Frenchtown Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 047, 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 047-025a

Media Type


Original Format

1 transcript (6 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format


Local Filename


William Dufresne and Louise Williams Interview, March 8, 1976