Mary Jane Morin Interview, October 4, 1999


Mary Jane Morin


Darla Bruner and Dick Fichtler



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Mary Jane Adams Morin describes her childhood in Garnet, Montana, during the early 20th century. She recalls her father’s many professions including owning and operating the Adams Mercantile in Garnet, mining, and doing timber work in the mine tunnels. She talks about her family’s holiday traditions, birthday celebrations, and picnics at Warren's Park. Morin reminisces about exploring abandoned cabins around Garnet, attending school, and spending time with miners and prospectors. She recalls the home remedies her mother used, the garden she raised, and the kinds of food that were available to Garnet residents, including wild game and birds. Morin describes her family’s relocation to Missoula, Montana, when she was ten years old and her return to Garnet during the 1940s. She discusses other residents who remained in Garnet including: Charley Meyers, Johnny Stuart and Frank Davey. She concludes by detailing the Garnet Preservation Association, its members, and her involvement with the organization.


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Document Type

Oral History


Garnet, Montana; Mining, Montana; Mining towns, Montana; Ghost towns, Montana; Missoula, Montana; Garnet Preservation Association, Montana; General stores, Montana; Frank Davey, Garnet, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

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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 379-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (34 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:27:33 minutes

Local Filename

OH_379_002.mp3; OH_379_002.pdf

Mary Jane Morin Interview, October 4, 1999