James Bell


James Bell Armstrong


Ina Tascher



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James “J. B.” Armstrong tells a story about traveling to Camp Crook, South Dakota in a Model T and having car trouble on the way back. He talks about taking sheep to Belle Fourche, South Dakota in 1919, and being caught in a bad snowstorm. He recalls a time in which two cowhands who were separated from their outfit camped with him. He talks about butchering and cooking a lamb for them. He talks about trailing sheep during the drought of 1919, when he went two days without finding a watering hole.

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

Document Type

Oral History


Cowhands; Pioneering; Montana; Camp Crook, South Dakota; Model T; Belle Fourche, South Dakota; Sheep farmers

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 034-008

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

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

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:15:56 minutes

Local Filename

OH_034_008.mp3; OH_034_008_TCI.pdf

James Bell