James Bell


James Bell Armstrong


Ina Tascher



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James “J. B.” Armstrong talks about various people from South Dakota who lived and worked near him. He recalls gathering buffalo chips to fuel fires during his childhood in Texas and Oklahoma. He reminisces about the Miles City Museum. Armstrong talks about moving to Mill’s Ranch near Box Elder Creek and working as a sheep rancher. He talks about cattle drives to Belle Fourche, South Dakota, where ranchers would ship stock. He recalls taking his sheep to auction in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Document Type

Oral History


Cowhands; South Dakota; Mill’s Ranch, Box Elder Creek; Omaha Nebraska; Livestock auctions; Pioneering; Montana; Shipping livestock; Miles City Museum, Montana; Armstrong, James Bell, 1888-1971; Cowboys -- West (U.S.) – Interviews; Sheep farming -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Cattle drives -- West (U.S.) -- 20th century; Sheep ranchers -- Montana -- 20th century; Carter County (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century; Camp Crook (S.D.) -- History -- 20th century; Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Ekalaka -- 20th century; Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- Amarillo -- 20th century; Stockyards -- South Dakota -- Belle Fourche -- History -- 20th century; Belle Fourche (S.D.) -- History -- 20th century; Long Pine Hills (Mont.); Range Riders Museum (Miles City, Mont.); Range Riders (Organization : Miles City, Mont.); Mill Iron Ranch (Powder River, Mont.); Herman, Joe; Whitcomb, Ralph; Turbiville; Tarter, Dan

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

James Bell “J. B.” Armstrong Oral History Project, OH 034, 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 034-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 tape counter index (6 p.: 28 cm)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:08:55 minutes

Local Filename

OH_034_003.mp3; OH_034_003_TCI.pdf

James Bell