Gertrude Rognlie Interview, November 26, 1994


Gertrude Rognlie


Lynne Van Sickle



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Gertrude Rognlie talks about growing up in Somers, Montana, during the 1920s and 1930s. She recalls what it was like living in a company town and what happened to the town after the Somers Lumber Company closed. Rognlie discusses the impacts of the Hungry Horse Dam and Highway 93 on the town. She also mentions the bootlegging operations run by her neighbors during Prohibition. Rognlie also describes the different immigrants from Europe who came to Somers for work and how they adapted to life in Montana. She discusses moments from her childhood, including what her school experience was like and how she saw the families around her.

Document Type

Oral History


Montana history; Somers Lumber Company; Highway 93; Hungry Horse Dam; Somers, Montana; Sawmills, Montana; Economic migration; Prohibition; Immigration, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Communities 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 333-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:53:04 minutes

Local Filename

OH_333_001.mp3; OH_333_001.pdf

Gertrude Rognlie Interview, November 26, 1994