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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Cowhands; Pioneering; Montana; Camp Crook, South Dakota; Model T; Belle Fourche, South Dakota; Sheep farmers; Armstrong, James Bell, 1888-1971; Cowboys -- West (U.S.) – Interviews; Camp Crook (S.D.) -- History -- 20th century; Sheep -- Transportation -- History -- 20th century; Ford Model T automobile

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