Mabel Goldie Peterson Holliday Interview, July 1993


Paul Fugleberg



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Mabel Holliday talks about growing up in various towns in Montana, including Silver Bow, Moiese, and Dixon. She recalls her father working for the Northern Pacific Railroad and explains that because of his job, her family moved around a lot. She discusses attending school in Silver Bow before the family moved onto a homestead in the Moiese Valley near Dixon, where she and her sister had to walk six miles to the nearest schoolhouse. Holliday talks about going to Northwestern Business College in Spokane, Washington, then getting a job with the U.S. Forest Service in Haugen, Montana, where she worked as a stenographer. Holliday describes her father’s death and its impact on her mother. She also talks about getting married in 1933, and moving with their two children to Anchorage, Alaska, where her husband was stationed during World War Two. She mentions living in fear of a Japanese invasion, and eventually being evacuated.


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Document Type

Oral History


Silver Bow, Montana; Dixon, Montana: Moiese Valley: Homesteading; Northern Pacific Railroad; Section towns; U.S. Forest Service; World War, 1939-1945

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

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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 300-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (90 min.): analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:08:18 minutes

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OH_300_001.mp3; OH_300_001.pdf

Mabel Goldie Peterson Holliday Interview, July 1993