Helen Hespen describes her early childhood in Miles City and Three Forks, Montana. She discusses the relationship between her father and mother, family finances, and family traditions and entertainment. She also talks about going to college, deciding to teach, and the social dynamics in Three Forks. She discusses going to dances and meeting her husband and about teaching in Bone Basin, Montana. She talks about her marriage during the Great Depression, her activities and involvement with the Presbyterian Church, and the birth of her children. Hespen concludes the interview by briefly talking about women’s role in politics and her opinion of Jeannette Rankin.
Miles City, Montana; Three Forks, Montana; School teachers, Montana; Bone Basin, Montana; Great Depression; Presbyterian Church, Montana; Women in politics, Montana; Jeannette Rankin
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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Oral History Number
OH 049-053, 054
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (47 p.: 28 cm.)
Hespen, Helen, "Helen Hespen Interview, April 23, 1977" (1977). Montana Women's Oral History Project. 54.