Frieda Geary Interview, June 2, 1977


Frieda Geary


Mary Melcher



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


German immigration; Women in Montana; Homesteading, United States; Ranchers, Montana; Women ranchers

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 049-017

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (20 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:34:55 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_017.mp3; OH_049_017.pdf

Frieda Geary Interview, June 2, 1977