Harl L. Bruner Interview, October 5, 1989


Harl L. Bruner


Patricia E. O'Connell



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Harl Bruner discusses his experiences growing up on a homestead ranch in Dupuyer, Montana. He describes his first job, working as a rider and sheep herder for the Hamilton Sheep Company, and his later experience working as a ranch hand for the Babcock Ranch. Bruner also discusses working for Fry’s Packing Company during the winter of 1919, why he quit his job as a ranch hand, and the hardships he and his wife faced during the Great Depression. He briefly describes living in Arlee, Montana, working as a farmer, grocery store owner, and sheriff’s deputy, and his experiences with art. Bruner also details meeting the artist Charlie M. Russell.


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Document Type

Oral History


Homestead ranch; Dupuyer, Montana; Babcock Ranch; Hamilton Sheep Company; Fry’s Packing Company; Depression, 1929-1939; Work experience; Arlee, Montana; Charles M. Russell; Life reminiscence; Farmer’s Union Cooperation; Bruner’s Grocery Store

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Montana 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 235-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (19 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:46:49 minutes

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OH_235_001.mp3; OH_235_001.pdf

Harl L. Bruner Interview, October 5, 1989