Sharon Baldwin Interview, August 1, 2003


Sharon Baldwin


Valerie K. Schafer



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Sharon Baldwin recounts the history of her Swedish grandparents who moved to Garnet, Montana, in 1902 and four of their five children while living there. She talks about her grandfather, Nels Seadin, who was a miner and became the postmaster after he got too old to work in the mines. Baldwin discusses her parents’ marriage and their decision to leave Garnet in 1939 when the mines shut down. She recalls how they visited Garnet in the summer, and she knew the nationality of the people who built the cabins in Garnet by their construction and design methods.

A portion of this interview was edited from the transcript and audio at the request of the interviewee.

Document Type

Oral History


Garnet, Montana; Mining, Montana; Mining towns, Montana; Ghost towns, 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 379-009

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:34:58 minutes

Local Filename

OH_379_009.mp3; OH_379_009.pdf

Sharon Baldwin Interview, August 1, 2003