Clifford Hammond Rittenour Interview, February 8, 1966


K. Ross Toole and Dale Johnson



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Clifford Hammond Rittenour, who served as a delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, discusses the events that led to his family’s move to Missoula, including his early memories and first impressions of the town. He briefly describes the early architecture of Missoula, Montana and working at the grocery store Reilly, Bonner and Tribby. Rittenour then talks about moving to Plains, Montana, working for McGowan Commercial Co., and the opening of the First National Bank. He discusses how he became director of the bank, how banks functioned in the early 20th century, and stories of the bank. He discusses the opening and closing of various mercantile stores in western Montana and why Sanders County was established.


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Document Type

Oral History


Transportation; Montana settlers; First National Bank of Plains (Plains, Mont.) -- History; Rittenour, Clifford H., 1878-1967; Bank directors -- Montana -- Plains – Interviews; Frontier and pioneer life – Montana; Grocery trade -- Montana – History; Banks and banking -- Montana – History; McGowan Commercial Company (Plains, Mont.) – History; Missoula (Mont.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. – History; Missoula (Mont.) – History; Plains (Mont.) – History; Sanders County (Mont.) -- History

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 /

Oral History Number

OH 075-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 transcript (27 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:57:05 minutes

Local Filename

OH_075_001.mp3; OH_075_001.pdf

Clifford Hammond Rittenour Interview, February 8, 1966