Joseph Paul Caffrey Interview, September 1, 1993


Joseph Paul Caffrey


Patricia E. O'Connell



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Paul Caffrey recalls attending the Sweeney School of Aviation in Kansas City, Kansas and learning how to fly planes and work on airplane engines. He also describes trying to find work in Kansas City during the Great Depression when he had no money to move back to Montana. Caffrey reminisces about growing up on a stump farm in Perma, Montana with his six siblings, and helping his father farm in Polson, Montana, after he returned from Kansas City around 1935.

When this interview was conducted, the interviewee requested that the recorder be turned off at one point, but the recorder kept running. Archives and Special Collections has chosen to include that “off the record” portion because it pertains to homesteading in Montana and the interviewee is deceased.


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Document Type

Oral History


Polson, Montana; Pilot; Great Depression, 1929-1939; Farmers, Montana; Kansas City, Kansas; Sweeney School; Sweeney School of Aviation; Warner Scarab engine; Auto mechanics; Stock market crash; Stump ranches, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

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 /

Oral History Number

OH 296-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:30:06 minutes

Local Filename

OH_296_001.mp3; OH_296_001.pdf

Joseph Paul Caffrey Interview, September 1, 1993