Forrest H. Poe and Flossie M. Poe Interview, February 22, 1988


Gladys Peterson



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


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

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Life in the Rattlesnake Oral History Collection, OH 196, 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 196-006, 007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:50:14 minutes

Local Filename

OH_196_006_007.mp3; OH_196_006_007.pdf

Forrest H. Poe and Flossie M. Poe Interview, February 22, 1988