Pierre Charbono Reminiscence, circa 1970s


Pierre Charbono



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In this self-recorded reminiscence, Pierre Charbono describes his experiences working as a sheep herder, farmer, and rancher. He details the process of buying, selling, and training horses, as well as his early work experience. Charbono recalls the town and culture of Lambert, Montana. He tells stories about particular horses and people around town and details some of the hard times he faced on his ranch, including a year when grasshoppers ruined his crops and he was forced to live on horse meat. Charbono also describes his experiences during the 1930s and the effects and hardships that came from drought. He describes the dances he attended when he was younger, how his father refused to let Charbnon marry a certain woman, and his experiences herding sheep. Charbono dicusses the process of lambing and the two occasions where he decided to quit sheep herding. Charbono also recalls the cars he owned, including the Model T he traded his father’s horse for without permission.


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Document Type

Oral History


Horse training; Sheep herding, Montana; Ranching, Montana; Depression, 1929-1939; Lambert, Montana; Agriculture; Drought; Life reminiscence; Twentieth century cars; Model-T cars; Personal relationships

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Settlers, Homesteaders, Ranchers, and Farmers 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 288-001, 002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (03:00:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (59 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:47:35 minutes

Local Filename

OH_288_001_002.mp3; OH_288_001_002.pdf

Pierre Charbono Reminiscence, circa 1970s