Carmelita Stokan Interview, March 24, 1986


Carmelita Stokan


Jeffery L. Halsey



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Carmelita Stokan describes growing up during the 1920s and ’30 and moving from town to town in Washington and Montana with her family. She recalls how her childhood was particularly difficult and how she had to help support her family during the Great Depression. Stokan tells how she ran away from home at the age of 17, going to California to live with her older sister Theresa. She discusses being unable to find a job there which prompted her to return to Anaconda, Montana. Stokan recalls more of her childhood and talks about attending grade school. She also talks about her marriage, children, and life during her later years. Stokan shares some of her views on the Great Depression, the actions of the U.S. military in El Salvador, alcoholism, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) and women’s liberation.


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Document Type

Oral History


Great Depression, 1929-1939; Women’s liberation; Feminism; Catholicism; Ireland; Anaconda, Montana; Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES)

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 117-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:42 minutes

Local Filename

OH_117_001.mp3; OH_117_001.pdf

Carmelita Stokan Interview, March 24, 1986