James “J. B.” Armstrong tells stories from his childhood. He talks about his mother’s job as a midwife, and he recalls helping a cowboy who dislocated his shoulder. He also remembers burning his hand while playing with gunpowder. Armstrong talks about his father-in-law Moses Lantis who traveled from Walla Walla, Washington, to Yellowstone. He talks being the under-sheriff in Ekalaka, Montana, in 1930 and being elected Sheriff in 1933. Armstrong describes the clothes he would wear as a child. He also discusses his time working for the Burlington Railroad in Sheridan, Wyoming, in 1908. He recalls conflicts with the Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC] while he was sheriff in 1936. Armstrong further discusses his time as a truck driver when he hauled the first oil rig in Carter County. He talks about a flying school that was established and talks about the opening of the Ekalaka Post Office in 1935.
This audio has not been transcribed, but a tape counter index is available.
Cowhands; Amarillo, Texas; Oklahoma; Pioneering; Montana; Washington; Sheridan, Wyoming; Oil rigs, Carter County; Ekalaka Post Office; Armstrong, James Bell, 1888-1971; Cowboys -- West (U.S.) – Interviews; Carter County (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century; Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Ekalaka -- 20th century; Ekalaka (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century; Cowboys -- Wounds and injuries -- West (U.S.); Sheriffs -- Montana -- Ekalaka -- 20th century – Interviews; Women midwives -- Texas -- History -- 19th century; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company – Employees; Truck drivers -- Montana -- Carter County -- 20th century; Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.). Camp Needmore (Mont.); Lantis, Moses
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Armstrong, James Bell, "James Bell "J. B." Armstrong Interview 5, 1957" (1957). James Bell “J. B.” Armstrong Oral History Project. 5.