Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 1, circa 1950s


Glen A. Smith



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Glen A. Smith reflects on his childhood in Hume, Missouri, where he was born in 1879 and where he worked on the family farm until the age of 14 when he was sent to the home of an uncle in Fredericksburg, Illinois, after his mother became ill. He recalls his attempt to enlist in the Spanish-American War, which was thwarted by his father who informed a police officer that Smith was still a minor. Smith talks about following his brother to Blackwell, Oklahoma, where he checked fences and managed cattle. He relives short vignettes of life in the late 1880s and 90s which include purchasing his first pony as a child, relic hunting with his brother, hunting and gathering in the woods of Missouri, turning his first small profits as a farm boy, and as a young man, experiencing the Oklahoma frontier during the last throes of the Homestead Act.


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Document Type

Oral History


Missouri; Illinois; Oklahoma; Homestead Act; Farming; Hunting; American Indians; Lumber; Spanish-American War; Smith, Glen A. – Interviews; Smith, Glen A. -- Childhood and youth; United States. Forest Service -- Officials and employees – Biography; Ranch life -- West (U.S.) -- 19th century -- Personal narratives; Rural teenagers -- United States -- History -- 19th century; Frontier and pioneer life -- Indian Territory -- 19th century -- Personal narratives

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Glen A. Smith Reminiscences Oral History Project, OH 006, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 006-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:07:08 minutes

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OH_006_001.mp3; OH_006_001.pdf

Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 1, circa 1950s