James Bell


James Bell Armstrong


Ina Tascher



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James “J. B.” Armstrong reminisces over old photographs from Camp Crook, South Dakota. He talks about numerous people and places. He talks about a bunkhouse he used to sleep in when he worked for a man named Jess Kerr. He discusses Whitey Phelps who ran a freight outfit and sheered sheep. He talks about pioneer mothers and the jobs they did cooking, cleaning, sewing, and raising children. He gives advice on how to raise good children.

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


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Document Type

Oral History


Cowhands; Amarillo, Texas; Oklahoma; Pioneering; Montana; Washington; Oregon; South Dakota; Trucking; Freighting; 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 -- Montana -- Ekalaka -- 20th century; Long Pine Hills (Mont.); Ekalaka (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century; Days of '85; Lantis, Moses; Women pioneers; Kerr, Jess; Phelps, Whitey; Latham, John; Browning, Jim

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 034-007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 tape counter index (7 p.: 28 cm)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:53:06 minutes

Local Filename

OH_034_007.mp3; OH_034_007_TCI.pdf

James Bell