John A.

Interviewee

John Adelbert Stark

Interviewer

Stuart Conner and Ken Feyhl

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Description

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.

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Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

Roundup, Montana; Homesteading, Montana; Mining, Montana; Sheep herding, Montana; Bootlegging, Montana; Mafia; Miners’ unions; World War (1939-1945)

Original Date

1-5-1975

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

Original Collection

Unions and Labor 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 056-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (27 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:28:14 minutes

Local Filename

OH_056_001.mp3; OH_056_001.pdf

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