Alfred Suneson Interview, April 18, 2007


Alfred Suneson


Whitney Gaskill



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Alfred Suneson describes his family’s history starting with the immigration of his father’s parents from Sweden. He reminisces about how his grandparents met and married in Sioux City, Iowa, before moving to Montana to homestead. He talks about the Suneson Ranch in Missoula that his grandparents owned and how they farmed using draft horses and kerosene lamps before modern machinery and electricity were introduced. He also mentions the Suneson family’s close friendship with their neighbors, the Randolphs. Suneson offers anecdotes about his father’s childhood which include growing up in rural Montana during the early 20th century, attending the Lutheran church regularly, getting caught in a terrible blizzard, and suffering from rheumatic fever. He tells how his father later attended Montana State University in Bozeman and worked as a plant reader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in California. Suneson recalls visiting his grandparents at their Montana farm and listening to his grandfather’s stories about the Old World.


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Document Type

Oral History


Swedish immigrants, Montana; Farmers, Missoula, Montana; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Randolph family, Missoula, Montana; Ranchers, Missoula, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Northside Oral History Project, OH 414, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 414-005

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound disc (56:24 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (16 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

56:24 minutes

Local Filename

OH_414_005.mp3; OH_414_005.pdf

Alfred Suneson Interview, April 18, 2007