Tony Grace and Ken Trowbridge Interview, May 6, 1981


Jo Rainbolt



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Tony Grace describes coming west from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to be a cowboy after watching and reading westerns. He talks about working as a cowboy in various locations throughout the American West, including Jackson Hole, West Yellowstone, Montana, and Arizona. Grace recalls eventually settling in Southwest Montana, where he owned a ranch. He and Ken Trowbridge talk about the different aspects of cowboy life including what they wore and ate as well as the daily responsibilities. Grace describes climbing Grand Teton with several other people, quail hunting in Georgia before he married, and settling in the Bitterroot Valley after he quit ranching. Grace’s wife, Viola, contributes to the conversation.


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Document Type

Oral History


Cowboys; Western United States; Ranch life; American West history; Miles City, Montana; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; West Yellowstone; Roping; Cowboying; Cowboy life; Ranching; Seligman, Arizona

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Settlers and Homesteaders Oral History Project, OH 052, 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 052-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (52 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:30:49 minutes

Local Filename

OH_052_002.mp3; OH_052_002.pdf

Tony Grace and Ken Trowbridge Interview, May 6, 1981