Henrietta Hoon Interview, April 19, circa 1977


Henrietta Hoon


Mary Melcher



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Henrietta Hoon describes coming to Montana with her family in 1892 by train. She talks about her family living in Butte, then later moving to Granite, Montana, because her father worked at the mine. She discusses life in Granite, her family’s holiday traditions, and what they did for entertainment. Hoon details her education and going to Butte, Montana, high school. She also discusses meeting her husband, going to Columbia Gardens, and the births of her children. Hoon details the jobs that were available to women, focusing on her own time as a saleswoman at the Missoula Mercantile in Missoula, Montana. She also reminisces about growing up in Butte and provides details about the red light district and the bars there.


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Document Type

Oral History


Prostitution, Montana; Alcohol, Montana; Hoon, Henrietta – Interviews; Women -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Employment -- Montana -- Missoula – History; Butte (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century; Butte (Mont.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century; Granite (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century; Granite (Mont.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century; Families -- Montana -- Granite – History; Families -- Montana -- Butte – History; Columbia Gardens (Butte, Mont.); Women -- Employment -- Montana -- Missoula – History; Missoula Mercantile Company -- Employees – Interviews; Education -- Montana -- Butte -- History -- 20th century -- Personal narratives

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 049-025

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (19 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:41:28 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_025.mp3; OH_049_025.pdf

Henrietta Hoon Interview, April 19, circa 1977