Fern Gildersleeve recalls growing up in Illinois with her sister and her father on her father’s farm, and helping him with outdoor work. She describes moving to Superior, Montana, and meeting her future husband, George Gildersleeve, who worked a placer mine on Cedar Creek. Gildersleeve recounts getting married in 1932, the subsequent births of her children, and her expanding family. She describes the placer mining community, the difficult winters there, and her work cooking for the camp, as well as working as a cook for 11 years at the school in Superior. Gildersleeve recalls her family’s financial struggles during the Great Depression, especially due to the low price of metals. She details the process of placer mining, and mentions the visitors the family receives who are interested in the process and history of placer mining in Montana.
Women, Montana, Interviews; Gold mines and mining; Montana Cedar Creek; Winter; Montana Superior; Illinois Peak; Rebecca Lodge; Youth Conservation Corps; Cedar Creek; Trout Creek
Unions and Labor Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (26 p.: 28 cm.)
Gildersleeve, Fern, "Fern Gildersleeve Interview, December 5, 1983" (1983). Unions and Labor Oral History Collection. 3.