Stuart W. Conner
Bessie Catron Conner, who came to Montana in 1899, discusses growing up on a homestead at Camp Creek, Montana, located near the Gallatin Valley. She describes in detail the house and outbuildings, riding horseback to the schoolhouse four miles away, problems raising chickens, planting a garden, and getting water from a nearby spring. Conner names their neighbors and where they were located in the community. She notes the absence of wild animals, except for coyotes, and recollects Christmas dinners, a scare from cattle rustlers and the importance of the church for community events. Conner recalls her family living on the homestead for five years before they moved to a ranch in the Gallatin Valley.
Montana women; Pioneers, Montana, Stuart Conner; Camp Creek, Montana; Gallatin Valley, Montana; Homesteaders, Montana
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1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)
Conner, Bessie Pearl, "Bessie Pearl Catron Conner Interview, September 6, 1970" (1970). Montana Settlers, Homesteaders, Ranchers and Farmers Oral History Collection. 21.