James Bell


James Bell Armstrong


Ina Tascher



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James “J. B.” Armstrong talks about the “Days of ’85” celebration held in Ekalaka, Montana. He talks about his brother Mel Armstrong and the land he purchased in Montana. Armstrong discusses Robert Ridgeway who was a schoolteacher in Long Pine Hills in the 1890s. He talks about his current wife’s family who came from North Dakota. Armstrong recalls joining the Navy in World War Two and serving as a guard in a shipyard. He reminisces about the campaign speech he gave at a dance at Ben Mellum’s property. Armstrong also talks about how he enjoys cooking and was often the camp cook as a cowhand.

This audio has not been transcribed, but a tape counter index is available.


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Document Type

Oral History


Cowhands; Pioneering; Montana; U.S. Navy; World War, 1939-1945; Cow camps; Camp cooks; Armstrong, James Bell, 1888-1971; Cowboys -- West (U.S.) – Interviews; Carter County (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century; Camp Crook (S.D.) -- History -- 20th century; Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- Amarillo -- 20th century; Long Pine Hills (Mont.); Ekalaka (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century; Sheriffs -- Montana -- Ekalaka -- 20th century – Interviews; Puget Sound Naval Shipyard -- Employees – Interviews; Sheriffs -- Montana -- Carter County -- Elections -- 20th century; Armstrong, Melvin ; Mellum, Ben; Ridgeway, Robert; Armstrong, Juanita; Thomas, George, Captain; Figg, V.E.; Days of '85; Manchester Fuel Depot (Manchester, Wash.); Staked Plains; Lantis, Moses

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 034-006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 tape counter index (2 p.: 28 cm)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:30:13 minutes

Local Filename

OH_034_006.mp3; OH_034_006_TCI.pdf

James Bell