Ethel MacDonald and Nancy Cranston
Daniel Longpre and Fred Cormier discuss growing up in the Frenchtown, Montana area—including Six Mile, Nine Mile, Huson—just west of Missoula, Montana, in the early 1900s. They reminisce about their French-Canadian ancestors emigrating from Montreal to the valley. Longpre and Cormier detail which families in the valley intermarried, and how land changed hands as those families grew. They describe attending St. John’s Catholic Church, and the events that were organized for St. John’s Day and other holidays to bring the community together. Longpre talks about some colorful characters from the area: Charley Eaton, Nine-mile Brown, Andrew Garcia, and Damien Ledoux (also known as Tin Cup Joe). Cormier recalls the death of his family members and notes that his sister died during the 1918 flu epidemic. Both men share memories of the 1908 flood and the replacement of the Northern Pacific Railway bridge. They mention the construction of the First National Bank in Missoula, and reminisce about the local sawmill.
Cormier School House, Montana; Cormier Sawmill, Montana; Fish Creek, Montana; Packers, Montana; Outfitters, Montana; French-Canadian immigrants; Montreal, Canada; 1918 flu epidemic; Lolo Pass; Martina Mining; World War (1914-1918); Saint John’s Catholic Church, Montana; Frenchtown, Montana; Huson, Montana; Nine Mile, Montana; Six Mile, Montana
Frenchtown Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 047, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (55 p.: 28 cm.)
Longpre, Daniel and Cormier, Fred, "Daniel Longpre and Fred Cormier Interview, March 8, 1976" (1976). Frenchtown Historical Society Oral History Project. 7.