Clara M. Jones Interview, circa 1972


Clara M. Jones


Lenora Koebel



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Clara Jones reminisces about life in Missoula, Montana, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She talks about the pest house and the poor farm that were located in Missoula, and describes working at the poor farm when she was 17. She recalls funeral customs for different ethnic groups including Chinese and Irish immigrants. Jones also discusses Missoula public figures such as Edgar Paxson and Jeannette Rankin. She discusses weddings in Missoula, including her own, and tells an anecdote about a German wedding in which she was the flower girl. She recalls seeing women from the red light district, describes holidays in Missoula, and recounts how Missoulians entertained themselves.


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Document Type

Oral History


Fourth of July celebrations; Jones, Clara M., 1887-1983 – Interviews; Jones, Clara M., 1887-1983 -- Marriage -- Personal narratives; Missoula (Mont.) -- History -- 19th century; Missoula (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century; Missoula (Mont.) -- Biography -- 19th century; Missoula (Mont.) -- Biography -- 20th century; Missoula (Mont.) -- Social life and customs – History; Marriage customs and rites -- Montana -- Missoula -- History.; Red-light districts -- Montana -- Missoula -- History.; Isolation (Hospital care) -- Montana -- Missoula -- History.; Almshouses -- Montana -- Missoula -- History.; Immigrants -- Montana -- Missoula -- History.; Chinese -- Funeral customs and rites -- Montana -- Missoula -- History.; Irish -- Funeral customs and rites -- Montana -- Missoula -- History.; Paxson, E. S., 1852-1919.; Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973.; Pest houses ; Pesthouses; Missoula County Poor Farm (Missoula, Mont.); Missoula County Detention Hospital (Missoula, Mont.)

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Lenora Koelbel Missoula History Oral History Project, OH 027, 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 /

Oral History Number

Oh 027-001, 002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (33 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:28:49 minutes

Local Filename

OH_027_001_002.mp3; OH_027_001_002.pdf

Clara M. Jones Interview, circa 1972