Dufresne Family Interview, February 24, 1976


Barbara Frey



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Members of the Dufresne family (including Anna Mildred Mueller Dufresne, Julia Dufresne Van Holt, Margaret Allen Dufresne, Goldie Cole Dufresne, and Julian Dufresne) describe their family and their relationship with other early residents of the Frenchtown area. They briefly discuss animal husbandry, specifically raising sheep in Milltown during the turn of the century. Julia DuFresnes VanHolt describes teaching at the Six Mile School and Julian DuFresnes talks about growing up on Nine Mile, and industrial opportunities in the Frenchtown Valley. The interviewees recall their neighbors in the Frenchtown area and their encounters with the Native American communities in that area. They share their experiences of various natural disasters and disease outbreaks including the fire of 1910, the flu epidemic of 1918, and the flood of 1908.


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Document Type

Oral History


Frenchtown, Montana; Huson, Montana; Milltown, Montana; DuFresne family; Nine Mile, Montana; Confederated Tribes of the Salish and Kootenai; Natural disasters; Flu epidemic; Animal husbandry; Homesteading, 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 047-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:18:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:15:59 minutes

Local Filename


Dufresne Family Interview, February 24, 1976