Viola Bennett Interview, November 14, 1978


Viola Bennett


Pamela Frasier



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Viola Bennett gives a brief biographical sketch of her life, beginning with her family’s move from Missouri to Montana in 1898 and their settlement on a ranch in Wolf Creek. Bennett describes her community’s social gatherings, such as dances and house parties, as well as the musicians who performed at these events. She briefly discusses working for the first time to pay for her high school equivalent and teaching certificate and the limited types of jobs available to women in Wolf Creek during that time. She talks about her reason for postponing marriage, being responsible for marital finances when she did marry, and caring for her sick husband before his death. Bennett concludes by discussing her outdoor experiences and her interactions with animals, which included catching skunks, raising turkeys, and riding horses as a primary means of transportation.


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Document Type

Oral History


School teachers, Montana; Women -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Montana -- Wolf Creek -- Social conditions – History; Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Personal narratives; Wolf Creek (Mont.) – History; Wolf Creek (Mont.) -- Social life and customs – History; Women employee – Interviews; Women -- Employment -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Homemakers -- Montana -- Wolf Creek – Interviews; Courtship -- Montana -- History -- 20th century

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 049-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:41:57 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_003.mp3; OH_049_003.pdf

Viola Bennett Interview, November 14, 1978