Sarah Caroline Ross Johnston Interview, July 27, 1977


Mary Melcher



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Caroline Johnston describes growing up on her family’s farm in Indiana during the 1890s. She discusses her daily chores of raising ducks and chicken and milking the cows. Johnston talks about her family’s participation in social events and their holiday traditions. She recalls moving to Ingomar, Montana, where she met her husband, living and working on their homestead, and accompanying her husband to work on a sheep wagon. Johnston describes the birth of her 11 children, their family dynamic, and her work as a missionary in Iran in 1973 at the age of 76.

For another interview with Sarah Caroline Ross Johnston, see oral history interview OH 181-001, 002, 003.


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Document Type

Oral History


Homesteaders, Montana; Women homesteaders; Iran; Johnston, Sarah Caroline Ross – Interviews; Women -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions -- 20th century; Ingomar (Mont.) – History; Farm life -- Indiana -- Wolcott -- 20th century -- Personal narratives; Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Ingomar -- Personal narratives; Sheep farming -- Montana -- Ingomar – History; Childbirth -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Families -- Montana -- Ingomar -- 20th century; Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919 -- Indiana -- Personal narratives; Women -- Education -- Indiana -- History -- 20th century; Women missionaries -- Iran – Interviews

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 049-027

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

00:59:23 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_027.mp3; OH_049_027.pdf

Sarah Caroline Ross Johnston Interview, July 27, 1977