Donna Erickson Interview, February 23, 2007


Donna Erickson


Whitney Gaskill



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Donna Erickson describes growing up in the North Hills of Missoula as a young child and learning to bake from her father at their restaurant the Trail Café. She talks about attending Lowell School and Hellgate High School and riding horses working the family’s ranch. She discusses training racehorses and participating in Ridge Runners, a 4H club in the 1960s and 1970s where she worked with sheep and cattle. Erickson recalls the basic geography of the Rattlesnake area during her childhood and mentions her friendships with neighbors from surrounding ranches including the Randolphs, the Carters, and the Spurlocks. Erickson concludes by describing the expansion of downtown Missoula and the North Hills during her lifetime.


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Document Type

Oral History


Stockyard Café, Missoula, Montana; Trail Café, Missoula, Montana; Rattlesnake, Montana; Lowell School, Missoula, Montana; Hellgate High School, Missoula, Montana; 4-H Club, Missoula, Montana; Randolph family, 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


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 /

Oral History Number

OH 414-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound disc (37:10 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (16 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

37:10 minutes

Local Filename

OH_414_002.mp3; OH_414_002.pdf

Donna Erickson Interview, February 23, 2007