Frieda Geary reminisces about her parents emigrating from Germany to the United States in 1889. She details her childhood chores, life on her parents’ farm and growing up in a German community in Nevada. She discusses her limited schooling and her struggle to learn in both English and German. Geary describes the societal pressure on women to marry and her decision to marry. She also talks about the birth of her children, the pain of losing her first child in childbirth, and the lack of education about birth control for women during this time. Interviewee describes how she and her husband purchased his father’s ranch, which they ran until he died of a sudden heart attack. Geary concludes by recalling her interactions with the Native American and Roma communities.
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.
German immigration; Women in Montana; Homesteading, United States; Ranchers, Montana; Women ranchers
Montana Women's Oral History Project, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (20 p.: 28 cm.)
Geary, Frieda, "Frieda Geary Interview, June 2, 1977" (1977). Montana Women's Oral History Project. 30.