Rose Bryant Interview, September 12, 1978


Rose Bryant


Pamela Frasier



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Rose Bryant briefly discusses her childhood moving with her family from North Dakota to Melstone, Montana, because her father worked for the railroad. She talks about singing and learning to play the organ while attending Sunday school and high school and how those experiences led her to become a silent picture player. Bryant also describes her family dynamics growing up, including playing with her brothers, helping her mother around the house, and the unique way they celebrated Christmas. Bryant recalls being chaperoned by another sibling when attending social events such as private house parties or ice-skating, and she describes her home wedding in Pipestone Springs, Montana. She concludes by discussing her abilities as a pianist which she used to provide music at weddings and funerals in her community.

Throughout the second half of the interview, Bryant’s daughter, Jerry, assists her mother with answering questions.


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Document Type

Oral History


Great Depression; World War Two, 1939-1945; Women -- Montana -- Three Forks – Interviews; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions – History; Three Forks (Mont.) – History; Three Forks (Mont.) -- Social life and customs – History; Women employees – Interviews; Melstone (Mont.) – History; Children -- Ohio -- Galion -- History -- 20th century; Galion (Ohio) -- History -- 20th century; Silent films – History; Silent films -- Musical accompaniment – History; Women organists – Interviews; Women pianists -- Montana – Interviews; Hotelkeepers -- Montana -- Three Forks – Interviews; Three Forks (Mont.) -- Race relations; Courtship -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Women -- Employment -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Bryant Hotel (Three Forks, Mont.); Pipestone Springs (Mont.)

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 049-004

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (24 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:52 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_004.mp3; OH_049_004.pdf

Rose Bryant Interview, September 12, 1978