Arthur Deschamps, Jr. Recording, 1985


Arthur Deschamps Jr.



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Arthur Deschamps, Jr. records his thoughts on the water vote of September 1985, a vote to decide if the water system in Missoula, Montana, should be under city or private control. In his argument in favor of private control, he discusses the history of water system ownership, discussing Higgins, Worden, Pettee, the Missoula Water Company, the Missoula Public Service Company, and the Mountain Water Company. Deschamps also discusses the Rattlesnake watershed, sections 852403, 852404, and 852405 of the Annotated Code of Montana Law, the water needs of St. Patrick’s Hospital, and his own personal experiences with water.


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Document Type

Oral History


Missoula, Montana; Water Supply; Water Vote of September 1985; Missoula Water Company; Missoula Public Service Company; Mountain Water Company; Annotated code of Montana Law; Water needs

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Politics and Politicians 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 159-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (5 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:11:33 minutes

Local Filename

OH_159_001.mp3; OH_159_001.pdf

Arthur Deschamps, Jr. Recording, 1985