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.
Chinese immigrants, Montana; Flathead Valley, Montana; Kalispell, Montana; Cut Bank, Montana; Thompson Falls, Montana; Churches, Montana; Presbyterian Church, Montana
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 (19 p.: 28 cm.)
Heller, Mary, "Mary Heller Interview, April 30, 1977" (1977). Montana Women's Oral History Project. 60.