Florence Stafferson describes her parents’ emigration from Sweden to Montana where her father opened a general store in Anaconda. She discusses her childhood growing up around the smokestack and smelters and recalls her chores, education, and entertainment options. Stafferson reminisces about her young adult life in in Butte, Montana, working as a seamstress. She talks about how she met her husband, and her thoughts of marriage, and their life on a ranch in Deer Lodge Valley until they moved to Missoula and bought the Sleepy Inn. Stafferson concludes by describing the political and cultural environment in Anaconda, specifically mentioning Marcus Daly, Senator William A. Clark, and the Swedish community.
Anaconda, Montana; Butte, Montana; Missoula, Montana; General stores, Montana; Women’s employment, Montana; Deer Lodge Valley, Montana; Ranching, Montana; Sleepy Inn, Missoula, Montana; Swedish immigrants, Montana; Anaconda Company; Marcus Daly; Senator William A. Clark
Montana Women's Oral History Project, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (19 p.: 28 cm.)
Stafferson, Florence, "Florence Stafferson Interview, August 1, 1977" (1977). Montana Women's Oral History Project. 43.