Grace Hollaway Interview, July 22, 1981


Grace Hollaway


Mary Melcher



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Grace Hollaway summarizes her parents’ move from Michigan to Townsend, Montana, in 1883. She reminisces about her father’s purchase of the Townsend Star newspaper, and the chores she did as a child both at the newspaper office and at home. She describes helping her mother and sister run the newspaper after the death of her father, learning how to work as an associate editor, and the respect the community had for her mother. She recalls selling the Townsend Star in 1959, and writing and publishing a history of Broadwater County titled Broadwater Bygones. She details her trips for the newspaper, including seeing President Dwight Eisenhower speak in Washington, D. C. Hollaway also discusses her opinions about women in the workforce, her family’s relationship to the Methodist and Episcopalian churches, and her first time camping in the mountains. She describes how women’s lives have changed with the advancement of technology.


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Document Type

Oral History


Broadwater County, Montana; Broadwater Bygones publication; Dwight Eisenhower, United States president; Hollaway, Grace – Interviews; Women -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions -- 20th century; Women -- Employment -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Women newspaper editors -- Montana -- Townsend – Interviews; Women publishers -- Montana -- Townsend – Biography; Women journalists -- Montana -- Townsend – Interviews; Technology and women – History; Townsend (Mont.) – History; Townsend (Mont.) – Newspapers; Townsend Star (Townsend, Mont.)

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Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Women's Oral History Project, 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 049-059

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:12 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_059.mp3; OH_049_059.pdf

Grace Hollaway Interview, July 22, 1981