Arthur Dussault describes how his grandfather emigrated from Canada to homestead in Montana in 1885. He notes how his grandfather’s choice of land caused tension between him and Native Americans populations in that area. He discusses his father’s relationship with Ignace, a member of one of the Native American tribes in the Frenchtown area. Dussault recalls the horse racetrack in Frenchtown and the horse races that occurred during the annual St. John’s Day celebration. He discusses some of his father’s old neighbors, including the Deschamps family, John Cyr, and Rube Lattimer, speaking briefly about their property and homesteads. Dussault also describes what he remembers about the fire of 1910.
Frenchtown, Montana; French-Canadian immigrants; Native Americans, Montana; Ignace; Horse racing; St. John’s Day; Dussault family; Deschamps family; John Cyr; Rube Lattimer; Immigration, Montana; Homesteading, Montana
Frenchtown Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 047, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)
Dussault, Arthur, "Arthur Dussault Interview, August 17, 1975" (1975). Frenchtown Historical Society Oral History Project. 3.