Kathryn P. "Kathy" White
Anna Beckwith recounts the history of how her family migrated to Montana in 1886 and her family’s involvement with the Missoula Mercantile. She reminisces about her father managing a general store in St. Ignatius, on the Flathead Indian Reservation, which at the time was not open to white settlement. She describes the influx of white settlers when the area was opened, her relationship with the native children in school, and the joys and challenges of growing up in a rural community. She talks about her family dynamics, focusing on the roles that her mother and father played in raising her and maintaining their household. Beckwith mentions contracting both polio and smallpox as a child and her mother’s opposition to the women’s suffrage movement. She describes attending the University of Montana in Missoula, her limited knowledge about sex and abortion, and her decision not to marry.
Women’s education, Montana; Women’s sex education; St. Ignatius, Montana; Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana; Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, Montana; General stores, Montana; Missoula, Montana; University of Montana, Missoula
Montana Women's Oral History Project, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (24 p.: 28 cm.)
Beckwith, Anna T., "Anna T. Beckwith Interview, April 8, 1977" (1977). Montana Women's Oral History Project. 53.