Mary Louise Pankratz Interview, April 21, circa 1977


Mary Louise Pankratz


Mary Melcher



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Mary Louise Pankratz describes growing up on a farm in Frenchtown, Montana, and her family’s Native American descent. She discusses doing chores, attending dances, going to school in a convent in Montreal, and learning French. She describes working as a clerk in a general store in Ronan, Montana. She discusses getting married, then moving to Portland, Oregon, after her husband passed away. Pankratz recalls working in a shipyard during World War Two and training as a midwife before meeting and marrying her second husband. She discusses her views on historical political movements, including women’s suffrage and Prohibition as well as the evolution of women’s clothing and style trends during the early- to mid-20th century.


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Document Type

Oral History


Ronan, Montana; Portland, Oregon; World War, 1939-1945; Women’s suffrage; Prohibition; Women’s education; French-Canadian immigrants, Montana; Frenchtown, Montana; Montreal, Canada; Women’s employment

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 049-035

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (25 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:57:28 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_035.mp3; OH_049_035.pdf

Mary Louise Pankratz Interview, April 21, circa 1977