Willie Clanton Spaulding Interview, February 17, 1978


Gladys Peterson, Unknown Speakers



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Willie Clanton Spaulding describes growing up on a sheep ranch outside of Billings, Montana, during the early 20th century, and recalls how Billings was founded. She discusses her father’s relationship with the neighboring Crow Nation, from whom he leased grazing land, and mentions a Crow powwow she attended as a child. Spaulding talks about the Chinese cooks that her family hired, and describes travelling by horse to Yellowstone National Park with her mother and siblings. She mentions the important political figures who made train stops in Billings. Spaulding recalls attending the University of Montana, Missoula, starting in 1907. She describes the campus and lists the women faculty members at that time. She concludes by briefly talking the differences between Billings and Missoula.


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Document Type

Oral History


Billings, Montana; Calamity Jane; Crow Reservation; Chinese laborers; Crow Nation; Missoula, Montana; Sheep ranching; Sugar beets production; University of Montana; Yellowstone National Park; Homesteaders, Montana; Pryor Gap; Powwows

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 089-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (90 min.): analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:21:10 minutes

Local Filename

OH_089_001.mp3; OH_089_001.pdf

Willie Clanton Spaulding Interview, February 17, 1978