Caitlin DeSilvey and Minie Smith
Ilona Hangas, the daughter of Rudy Ruana, founder of the Ruana Knifeworks, moved with her family to the West Riverside area from North Dakota when she was two months old. Hangas discusses the development of her father’s business as well as her experiences growing up in the area, including school and recreational activities. She continues to live in West Riverside today. She also discusses the changes that have occurred in the communities. Most striking is that she feels she is the only fully Finnish person living there today when once there were so many that Milltown was called Finntown.
Milltown Dam, Milltown, Montana; Hangas, Illona, 1937-;
Milltown Oral History Project OH-419, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
1 sound disc (39 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (15 p. : 28 cm.)
Hangas, Ilona, "Ilona Hangas Interview, September 4, 2007" (2007). Milltown Oral History Project. OH 419-003.