Leah Coate Interview


Leah Coate


Mary Melcher



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Leah Coate describes her childhood including her parents traveling west from Illinois in a wagon, being one of the youngest of eight children, and doing chores such as gathering eggs and fetching water. She talks about growing up as a tomboy in a community made up of mostly boys and the social events she attended in high school such as playing pool at the Friday night dances and going to the movies. Coate talks about teaching in South Dakota, Illinois and lastly, Finch, Montana, before giving up her career to get married. She recalls her enjoyment of household duties, like cooking and sewing, and her desire to have a large family. Coates concludes by discussing the equal partnership she enjoyed with her husband and how she kept busy cooking for the men on her farm.


Oral History


Finch, Montana; Women teachers, Montana; Women teachers, South Dakota; Women teachers, Illinois; Farming, Montana

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 049-007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_049_007.mp3; OH_049_007.pdf

Leah Coate Interview