Myrtle Griswold Interview, May 14, 1977


Myrtle Griswold


Mary Melcher



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Myrtle Griswold describes how her parents came to Montana, their traveling lifestyle, and why her parents decided she should be born in Massachusetts rather than Montana. She discusses teaching out of high school and deciding to go to college. Interviewee talks about her college experiences and her employment with Oregon Agricultural College. Griswold talks about the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), in which her mother was heavily involved, the 1914 campaign for Prohibition, and women’s suffrage. Interviewee concludes by recalling the dynamics of having only two children at a time when families were traditionally larger, working with her husband on their farm, and making clothes for her children.

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


Montana homesteaders; Women in Montana; Oregon Agricultural College; Women’s Christian Temperance Union [WCTU], Montana; Prohibition; Women’s suffrage, 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 049-018, 019

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (32 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:14:22 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_018_019.mp3; OH_049_018_019.pdf

Myrtle Griswold Interview, May 14, 1977