Mary Wessel Interview, August 11, 1981


Mary Wessel


Mary Melcher



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Reverend Mary Wessel discusses her childhood in New York City, describing her early interest in becoming a teacher and the biblical studies that were part of her education. She describes her move to Los Angeles, California, for her health and the teaching opportunities she enjoyed there. Wessell compares the societal differences between the East and West Coast. She reminisces about meeting her husband, and moving to Neinhart, Montana, as well as their travels to other parts of Montana. She recalls the birth of her children, her growing involvement with the church, and her ordainment as a minister. She frequently explains throughout the interview how chronic illness affected her life from childhood into adulthood.

Document Type

Oral History


Women ministers, Montana; Neinhart, Montana; Women in the church

Original Date


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 049-062

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:39 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_062.mp3; OH_049_062.pdf

Mary Wessel Interview, August 11, 1981