Lillian Kirkemo Interview, July 8, 1984


Lillian Kirkemo


Sarah Dunlap



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Lillian Kirkemo describes her life growing up in Plains, Montana. She recalls living on a farm, living in small towns in Montana, before moving to Missoula, Montana. She describes working at the Rialto Theatre where she met her husband, architect H.E. Kirkemo; then living in the Wilma building in downtown Missoula. Kirkemo talks about traveling around the state by train, wagon and automobile during the early 20th century. She mentions trips to Yellowstone National Park and camping at Lolo Hot Springs.


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Document Type

Oral History


Rialto Theatre; Kirkemo, Lillian Fellows, 1898-1990 -- Interviews.; Kirkemo, Lillian Fellows, 1898-1990 -- Marriage.; Kirkemo, Lillian Fellows, 1898-1990 -- Travel -- Montana -- Personal narratives.; Kirkemo, H. E. (Henry Elmer), 1894-1987.; Theaters -- Montana -- Missoula.; Women -- Montana -- Interviews.; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions -- 20th century.; Hot Springs (Mont.) -- History.; Plains (Mont.) -- History.; Plains (Mont.) -- Social life and customs.; Missoula (Mont.) -- History.; Missoula (Mont.) -- Social life and customs – History; Wilma Theatre (Missoula, Mont.) -- History -- 20th century

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 125-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:51:13 minutes

Local Filename

OH_125_001.mp3; OH_125_001.pdf

Lillian Kirkemo Interview, July 8, 1984