Bessie Pearl Catron Conner Interview, September 6, 1970


Bessie Pearl Conner


Stuart W. Conner



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Montana women; Pioneers, Montana, Stuart Conner; Camp Creek, Montana; Gallatin Valley, Montana; Homesteaders, 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


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Oral History Number

OH 082-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:38:57 minutes

Local Filename

OH_082_001.mp3; OH_082_001.pdf

Bessie Pearl Catron Conner Interview, September 6, 1970