Laurence Driscoll Interview, December 11, 1979


Laurence Driscoll


Margaret R. Gallagher



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Laurence Driscoll describes the town of D'Aste, Montana, which was established in 1910 on a 160 acre homestead plot and consisted mostly of a store, school, pool hall and the mission church. Driscoll recalls the ties between D’Aste and the towns of Ronan and St. Ignatius whose Catholic priests visited the community on Sundays. He notes that the school was moved in 1939 and the town died during the Great Depression and when young people moved away. Driscoll also discusses how the homestead plot reverted to an Indian allotment except for the church which had a federal deed.

Document Type

Oral History


Gallagher family; Missions, Montana; Railroads, Montana; Missoula Mercantile hayshed; Father LaClaire; Father Thalen; Father Gilmore; Father McCarthy; Father O’Malley; Quinn’s Hall; D’Aste, Montana; Catholic Church, Montana; Great Depression, 1929-1939

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


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Oral History Number

OH 102-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

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

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:18:34 minutes

Local Filename

OH_102_001.mp3; OH_102_001.pdf

Laurence Driscoll Interview, December 11, 1979