Forrest Poe reflects on growing up in the Rattlesnake area of Missoula, Montana in the early 1900s. He describes the harsh conditions that homesteaders endured including infectious disease epidemics of measles and scarlet fever, which killed a number of children. Poe recalls the early settlers in the Rattlesnake and the often violent relationships among them, such as “Coyote Bill” who murdered a trapper in the Rattlesnake. Poe also reminisces about his time spent trapping when he met Ed McKay, a fellow trapper who was later discovered to be an escaped convict. He mentions Montana Power Company’s purchase of Rattlesnake land and how it affected homeowners in the area. Flossie Poe reminisces about her childhood on a farm in Eastern Montana, including the areas near Lambert, Montana and Enid, Montana. She recalls childhood memories such as crawling through the thrashing machine tubes with her brothers and encountering a silver fox. She also describes her family’s move west across Montana and how they often lived in a tent while her father worked a series of jobs and her mother provided for the family. Flossie Poe notes her admiration of her mother and how she treasures the quilt blocks her mother passed down to her.
Missoula, Montana; Rattlesnake Mountains, Montana; Settlers, Montana; Homesteaders, Montana; Ed McKay; Coyote Bill; William Peascoe; Longley family; Infectious disease epidemics; Montana Power Company; Trappers, Montana; Fur trapping, Montana; Miller Creek School (Missoula, Montana) History; Children Diseases, Montana; Rattlesnake Valley, Montana History; Eastern Montana; Enid, Montana; Lambert, Montana; Farming; Eastern Montana; Quilters, Montana; Silver Fox
Life in the Rattlesnake Oral History Collection, OH 196, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 196-006, 007
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)
Poe, Forrest H. and Poe, Flossie M., "Forrest H. Poe and Flossie M. Poe Interview, February 22, 1988" (1988). Life in the Rattlesnake Oral History Collection. 3.