Eldo Raph Interview, November 13, 1986


Eldo Raph


Dale Johnson



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Eldo Raph talks about the history of the Dillon Implement Company from its founding and incorporation on October 24, 1886, to its succession of owners during the early and mid-20th century. Raph describes the kinds of the things the company original sold including farm equipment, buggies and wagons, which slowly evolved into carrying hardware supplies to repair those implements. Raph recalls being hired by the company’s owners in the mid-20th century to manage the hardware part of the business. He discusses shortly after he bought the business outright with the help of a partner. Raph talks about the apartments on the top floor of the company’s building which he continued to rent to college students after he bought the business. He briefly mentions the store’s 100th anniversary celebration in 1986.


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Document Type

Oral History


Dillion Implement Company; Dillon, Montana; Farming equipment; Ranching equipment; Farming implements; Ranching implements; Machinery; Tools; Hardware stores; Community businesses; Small businesses; Small business owners

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Businesses Oral History Collection, 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 169-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (7 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:26:16 minutes

Local Filename

OH_169-001.mp3; OH_169-001.pdf

Eldo Raph Interview, November 13, 1986