Daniel Longpre Interview, February 25, 1976


Daniel Longpre


Ethel MacDonald and Nancy Cranston



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Daniel Longpre talks of his family and the other early settlers of the Frenchtown valley including the Poitras, Touchettes, Ledouxs, and Ploufs, many of whom were French Canadian immigrants. He describes trapping with Albert brothers, after whom Alberton, Montana, was named. He mentions the Longpre genealogy and reminisces about his father and grandfather emigrating from Canada to Frenchtown in search of work. Longpre shares stories of his mother’s relatives, including “Tin Cup Joe” who was involved in a legal dispute with Barnum O’Keefe. He also discusses his family’s interactions with local Native American tribes in Montana’s Frenchtown valley. He recalls witnessing a land-clearing fire started by that one of the tribes as well as tribal processions and encampments in the valley. Longpre talks about the Dufresne family, one of Frenchtown’s earliest homesteaders, and shares stories about his uncle, Pete Longpre, and his relationship with Baptiste Ducharme.


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Document Type

Oral History


Poitras family; Touchette family; Ledoux family; Plouf family; Longpre family; Damien Ledoux; “Tin Cup Joe” Ledoux; Frenchtown, Montana; Alberton, Montana; Albert brothers; Homesteading, Montana; Barnum O’Keefe; French-Canadian immigrants; Native American fishing methods; Native American clearing methods; Frenchtown, Montana; Nine Mile, Montana; Six Mile, Montana; Flathead Indian Reservation; Bitterroot Salish tribe; Cormier family; Dufresne family

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 047-008, 009

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:55:24 minutes

Local Filename


Daniel Longpre Interview, February 25, 1976