Lettie Cook Interview


Lettie Cook


Mary Melcher



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Lettie Cook describes moving with her family to a ranch her father bought in Neihart, Montana, in 1914. She discusses the chores she did as a small child and horseback riding in dresses. Cook details how life on the ranch changed after the death of her father, taking on additional responsibilities in the house, such as cooking and cleaning, and assisting her mother and brothers with outside chores. She also talks about her social activities, such as attending dances, riding horses with friends and visiting the local library in Neihart. She reminisces about her two marriages, specifically focusing on the financial aspect, and describes her day-to-day work as a stay-at-home mother of three children. She discusses her cooking and cleaning routines, the introduction of conveniences like washing machines and refrigerators, as well as the changing clothing and hair styles. Cook also offers her opinions on women in politics.


Oral History


Neihart, Montana; Ranching, Montana; Women, Montana; Mothers; Housewives

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Women’s Oral History Collection, OH 049, 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 049-057

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (40 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_049_057.mp3; OH_049_057.pdf

Lettie Cook Interview