Stuart Conner and Ken Feyhl
John “Del” Stark talks about his childhood, when his family moved from Chicago, Illinois, to a small farm outside of Roundup, Montana. He describes working on his family’s ranch herding sheep and how he became interested in mining. He tells stories of his fellow miners, including a man by the name of “Wild Bill”. Stark talks about the miners’ unions, the use of mules in the mines, and the use of black powder instead of dynamite. He briefly mentions his military service during World War Two, the safety laws for mines that came into effect after the war, and the bootlegging that occurred in Roundup.
Roundup, Montana; Homesteading, Montana; Mining, Montana; Sheep herding, Montana; Bootlegging, Montana; Mafia; Miners’ unions; World War (1939-1945)
Unions and Labor Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (27 p.: 28 cm.)
Stark, John Adelbert, "John A. "Del" Stark Interview, January 5, 1975" (1975). Unions and Labor Oral History Collection. 1.