Florence Stafferson Interview, August 1, 1977


Florence Stafferson


Mary Melcher



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


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

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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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 049-039

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (19 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:50:28 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_039.mp3; OH_049_039.pdf

Florence Stafferson Interview, August 1, 1977