Ilona Hangas Interview, September 4, 2007


Ilona Hangas


Caitlin DeSilvey and Minie Smith



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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.

Document Type

Oral History


Milltown Dam, Milltown, Montana; Hangas, Illona, 1937-;

Original Date

Fall 9-4-2007

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Milltown Oral History Project OH-419, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

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 419-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound disc (39 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (15 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

39 minutes

Local Filename

OH_419_003.mp3; OH_419_003.pdf

Ilona Hangas Interview, September 4, 2007
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