Hazel Dorr Interview, August 1, 1981


Hazel Dorr


Mary Melcher



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Hazel Dorr describes her parents’ motivations to move to Montana, the impact her father’s arsenic poisoning had on the family, and the employment options available to women without a high school education. She discusses meeting her husband and buying their first property, the droughts they experienced during the 1920s and 1930s, and the birth of her children. Dorr also describes her daily household chores including the time-consuming process of canning food. She talks about her involvement with the Home Demonstration Club and the introduction of conveniences such as like electricity and washing machines. Dorr recalls how she moved to Great Falls, Montana, and sacrificed to ensure her children had a high school education.


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Document Type

Oral History


Great Falls, Montana; Dust Bowl, Montana; Great Depression, Montana; Home Demonstration Club, Montana; Electricity; Household appliances; Dorr, Hazel, 1906-1999 – Interviews; Women -- Montana – Interviews; Homemakers -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Employment -- Montana – History; Women -- Education -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions – History; Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- 20th century -- Personal narratives; Rural families -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Childbirth -- Montana -- History -- 20th century -- Personal narratives; Droughts -- Montana -- 20th century; Canning and preserving -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Rural poor -- Montana -- History -- 20th century

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 049-024

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (44 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:07 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_024.mp3; OH_049_024.pdf

Hazel Dorr Interview, August 1, 1981