This collection includes five interviews with residents of the North Hills of Missoula, Montana, conducted in 2007 by Whitney Gaskill. Residents discuss life in the North Hills in the 1940s, 1950s, and later, as well as ranching, attending school, and other childhood activities. They also discuss how their neighborhood shaped them into adulthood, their views on the growing population of the North Hills, and how Missoula has changed over the years. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH-414 at Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana.
This collection includes 5 interviews.
OH 414-05: Suneson describes a lengthy family history from his grandparents’ history up until his adulthood. He describes the ranch owned by his grandparents including stories his father told him as a child. Anecdotes of his father’s childhood are included.
Betty Kramen Miller
OH 414-04: Betty begins by describing what her family did for a living and how they got to Missoula. She describes the kinds of chores that she had as a child and the livestock that was raised on the ranch. She describes her memories of school and free time activities. She describes her family traditions and festivities in Missoula itself. She ends by describing how Missoula has changed since her childhood.
OH414-01: Ryan describes his life growing up in the North Hills of Missoula including school, chores, and other free time activities; he describes his neighbors at the time and now; Ryan gives his personal views about the growing population in the North Hills and how Missoula has changed.
OH414-02: Erickson describes what it was like growing up in the North Hills of Missoula as a young child including chores, school, and other free time activities. She describes her participation in the 4H club and horse exhibits at the Missoula County Fair. She describes her interactions with neighbors in surrounding ranches. Erickson ends by describing the changes in Missoula and the North Hills during her lifetime.
OH414-03: Janet describes what her aunt had told her about growing up in the North Hills of Missoula, Montana and activities she would participate in as a child. Janet then moves to her experiences growing up in the Rattlesnake area including going to school, holiday celebrations, free time activities and exploration of the area as a young child. She describes her parents’ jobs and what family gatherings were like. Janet ends by describing how living in the Rattlesnake area affected her career as an adult.