Augusta Falstrom Interview, August 8, 1977


Augusta Falstrom


Mary Melcher



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Augusta Falstrom recalls growing up in Sweden and immigrating to America when she was 18. She talks about moving to Missoula, Montana, and working for the University of Montana as a cook and baker. Falstrom discusses her first husband’s death and her decision to move in with her brother. She describes being diagnosed with heart disease, which ended her career with the university after ten years and forced her to enter a rest home. She mentions going to the polls and voting with her husband any time there was an election. Falstrom also reminisces about the Swedish community in Missoula and being a member in Rebekah’s Lodge, which she headed in 1926.

When this interview was conducted, the interviewee requested to remain anonymous in the transcript and audio. Archives and Special Collections has chosen to lift this restriction now that the interviewee is deceased.


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Document Type

Oral History


Swedish immigrants, Montana; Missoula, Montana; University of Montana, Missoula; Rebekah’s Lodge, Montana; Women’s employment, Montana

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 049-013

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

Run Time

00:38:20 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_013.mp3; OH_049_013.pdf

Augusta Falstrom Interview, August 8, 1977