Sophie Guthrie Interview, August 1976


Sophie Guthrie


Kathryn P. "Kathy" White



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Sophie Guthrie describes her family’s move to Montana, and the homestead her father built while her mother took care of seven children alone. She recalls attending school in Bozeman and taking care of her sister’s two children. Guthrie talks about moving onto one of the Native American reservations in Montana [likely the Crow Reservation] in 1895 after her father died. She reminisces about delivering mail on horseback and getting married. Guthrie discusses the lack of birth control available to women at that time, her experience giving birth and how women were expected to behave during this time. She ends with how she came to own the post office in Reed Point, Montana.


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Document Type

Oral History


Post offices, Montana; Big Timber, Montana; Women’s suffrage, Montana; Women’s Club, Montana; Guthrie, Sophie J., 1882-1979 – Interviews; Women -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions – History; Education -- Montana -- Bozeman -- History -- 19th century; Contraceptives -- History -- 19th century; Childbirth at home -- Montana -- History -- 19th century -- Personal narratives; Childbirth at home -- Montana -- History -- 20th century -- Personal narratives; Sex instruction for women -- History -- 19th century; Reedpoint (Mont.) – History; Women postal service employees -- Montana -- Reedpoint – Interviews; Postmasters -- Montana -- Reedpoint – Interviews; Bozeman (Mont.) -- History -- 19th century; Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) -- 19th century -- Personal narratives; Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Bozeman -- 19th century -- Personal narratives; Land settlement -- Montana -- Crow Reservation -- 19th century; Marriage -- Montana -- 19th century -- Personal narratives; Rural families -- Montana -- 19th century – Biography; Rural families -- Montana -- 20th century – Biography; Horseback mail; Greycliff (Mont.)

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 049-020, 021

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (30 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:24:41 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_020_021.mp3; OH_049_020_021.pdf

Sophie Guthrie Interview, August 1976