Helen Hodges Bower discusses moving to Ravalli in 1909, the homesteaders coming in 1910, her life—going to school, what the winters were like, a few buildings—and what she remembers of her father’s buffalo. Bower and an unidentified male and female look through pictures, commenting on various people and what became of them. Bower continues to talk about her father, including his experiences with the buffalo and his relationship with the local Native Americans. Bower also discusses her marriages and how she found her birth family. She ends the interview by talking about how mountain sheep and whitetail deer were brought to the Bison Range.
National Bison Range; Andrew Hodges; Ravalli, Montana; Homesteaders, Montana; Buffalo herds; Bison herds; Range management; Livestock management
National Bison Range Oral History Project, OH 149, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Bower, Helen, "Helen Hodges Bower Interview, February 5, 1965" (1965). National Bison Range Oral History Project. 4.