Emma Campbell gives a biographical sketch of her life, beginning with her family’s move to Malta, Montana, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1892 and her father’s occupational background. She discusses attending boarding school for a year, disliking it, running away in 1908 to get married, and raising eight children. Campbell talks about the popularity of community dances, basket socials and the presence of a red light district in Malta. She recalls having midwives in Malta before the establishment of a hospital and the kinds of job opportunities available to women during that time. She gives her opinion about the importance of Prohibition and the necessity of voting regularly despite her own lack of interest in politics. She also discusses her memories of Malta’s positive relationship with the Native American community as well as Chinese and Japanese immigrants.
Malta, Montana; Prostitution, Montana; Midwifery, Montana; Immigrants, Montana; Asian immigrants, Montana; Prohibition, Montana; Women’s suffrage, Montana
Montana Women's Oral History Project, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)
Campbell, Emma, "Emma Campbell Interview, November 14, 1978" (1978). Montana Women's Oral History Project. 25.