Helen Hodges Bower Interview, February 5, 1965


Helen Bower


Ernest Kraft



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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.

Document Type

Oral History


National Bison Range; Andrew Hodges; Ravalli, Montana; Homesteaders, Montana; Buffalo herds; Bison herds; Range management; Livestock management

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

National Bison Range Oral History Project, OH 149, 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 149-004a

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 transcript (41 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:12:59 minutes

Local Filename

OH_149_004_a.mp3; OH_149_004_a.pdf

Helen Hodges Bower Interview, February 5, 1965