Mary Heller Interview, April 30, 1977


Mary Heller


Eleanor Wend



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Mary Heller describes how her father, George McVeigh Fisher, a Presbyterian minister from New York, moved to Montana in 1878 to start a church in Missoula, Montana. She tells of her father’s hunting trips in Flathead Valley, where he constructed the first Presbyterian church in the area after finding no churches there. She talks about growing up in Kalispell, Montana, becoming a teacher because her family expected her to, and the career opportunities that were available to women. She describes living on cattle ranch in Thompson Falls, Montana, before moving to Cut Bank, Montana. She talks about how Prohibition affected the Cut Bank community, as well as its relationship to the Chinese immigrants who worked on the railroad. Heller reminisces about growing up a minister’s child, and what was considered proper behavior.


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Document Type

Oral History


Chinese immigrants, Montana; Flathead Valley, Montana; Kalispell, Montana; Cut Bank, Montana; Thompson Falls, Montana; Churches, Montana; Presbyterian Church, Montana

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 049-023

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

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

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:45:07 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_023.mp3; OH_049_023.pdf

Mary Heller Interview, April 30, 1977