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.
Missoula, Montana, History; Poor houses, Montana; Immigration, Montana; Chinese immigrants, Montana; Irish immigrants, Montana; Edgar Paxon; Jeannette Rankin; Fourth of July celebrations; Beck, Walter; Higgins family; Rankin family
Lenora Koelbel’s Missoula History Oral History Project, OH 027, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
Oh 027-001, 002
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (33 p.: 28 cm.)
Jones, Clara M., "Clara M. Jones Interview, circa 1972" (1972). Lenora Koelbel’s Missoula History Oral History Project. 4.