Joseph

Interviewee

Joseph Zelezny

Interviewer

Reverend W. Paul "Ned" Jones, Mrs. Jones, and William "Bill" Zelezny

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Description

Joseph “Joe” Zelezny talks about his experiences as one of the first homesteaders on Flathead Lake, near Rollins, Montana. He describes moving to the area in 1899 by covered wagon, building a log cabin, clearing the land, and helping build the schoolhouse. He talks about the difficulties in moving around the valley before roads were built, telling stories of travelling by wagon, horseback, and boat. He discusses a number of hostile interactions he had with Native American tribes in the area. He also tells the story of how Angel Hill, in Flathead County, got its name. Zelezny then talks about his experiences fishing and hunting, particularly bear hunting. He mentions his time in the Oklahoma during the land rush of 1889. Zelezny concludes by recalling his childhood in Nebraska, and his interactions with the Sioux and the Pawnee there.

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Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

Homesteading; Flathead Lake, Montana; Demersville, Montana; Kalispell, Montana; Rollins, Montana; Native American Tribes – Kootenai; Native American Tribes – Pawnee; Native American Tribes – Sioux; Bear hunting; Oklahoma land rush

Original Date

8-13-1954

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

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

Rights

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 210-001, 002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassette (90 min.): analog + 1 transcript (32 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:58:13 minutes

Local Filename

OH_210_001_002.mp3; OH_210_001_002.pdf

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