Mary Welte describes her experiences homesteading in Montana. She recalls moving with her family on an immigrant train from Illinois to Montana when she was eleven years old. Welte discusses her father’s musical ability and his insistence that each of his children learn to play an instrument. She talks about living on a wheat ranch south of Chinook, Montana, with her first husband and raising a family, and the difficulty of trying to ranch in a hail belt. She also describes, how after her first husband died, she held various jobs including working at a mortuary, running a gas station, and writing for a Texaco trade publication under the pen name Gasoline Annie. Welte talks about marrying her second husband and relocating to his wheat ranch outside of Havre for almost 20 years before moving to the Bitterroot Valley. She briefly discusses the different types of home remedies she and her mother used when their families were sick. Welte concludes by talking about playing guitar for the Golden Age senior citizens group in the Bitterroot Valley.
Women pioneers, Montana; Frontier and pioneer life, Montana; Wheat ranches, Eastern Montana; Chinook, Montana; Havre, Montana; Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Musicians; Guitar players; Home remedies; Herbal remedies; Homesteaders, Montana; Texaco Corporation
Montana Settlers and Homesteaders Oral History Project, OH 052, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)
Welte, Mary, "Mary Graves Welte Interview, February 19, 1981" (1981). Montana Settlers and Homesteaders Oral History Project. 7.