Frank Fitzgerald Interview, October 4, 1999


Frank Fitzgerald


Darla Bruner



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Frank Fitzgerald talks about his childhood in Garnet, Montana, during the early 20th century when the mines were ceasing production. He recalls how his father, a miner, took many jobs, before the family moved to Hamilton, Montana, in 1918. Frank describes playing games with the neighborhood children and visiting nearby towns. He details moving back to Garnet after World War Two and rebuilding his parents’ house. Fitzgerald discusses long-time Garnet residents including Billy Liberty and Frank Davey, who still lived there when he returned, community activities such as dances, and the town’s tourist industry.

Document Type

Oral History


Garnet, Montana; Mining, Montana; Mining towns, Montana; Ghost towns, Montana; Hamilton, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Tourism, Montana; General stores, Montana; Frank Davey, Garnet, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Garnet Preservation Association Oral History Project, OH 379, 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 379-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (27 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:31:02 minutes

Local Filename

OH_379_001.mp3; OH_379_001.pdf

Frank Fitzgerald Interview, October 4, 1999