Janet Sproull Interview, March 19, 2007


Janet Sproull


Whitney Gaskill



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Janet Sproull recalls her family moving to Missoula in the 1910s after her father couldn’t fine work in the Butte mines of the Anaconda smelting plants. She describes how her grandfather would donate food to the needy during the Great Depression and World War Two. She discusses growing up in the Rattlesnake area, attending St. Francis Xavier School and Sacred Heart Academy, and celebrating Easter and Christmas with her large religious family. Sproull reminisces about exploring the Rattlesnake area and renting horses from the Papoose Pony Ranch. She mentions her father’s career as an optometrist and owner of Missoula Eyewear Center, and her mother’s career as a U.S. Forest Service secretary. Sproull describes how living in the Rattlesnake area surrounded by nature influenced her decision to obtain a degree in recreation resource management.


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Document Type

Oral History


Papoose Pony Ranch, Montana; Missoula Eyewear Center; Grace Tubbs; World War Two (1939-1945); Great Depression; St. Francis Xavier School, Missoula, Montana; Sacred Heart Academy, Missoula, Montana; Montana Power Company

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


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 414-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound disc (51:40 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (17 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

51:40 minutes

Local Filename

OH_414_003.mp3; OH_414_003.pdf

Janet Sproull Interview, March 19, 2007