Eugene Pike Interview, circa November 1979


Eugene Pike


Merri Ann Hartse



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Eugene Pike discusses the history of the Missoula Electric Cooperative from 1946 to 1976. He describes his involvement with rural electrification through his job with the Missoula County Water Board and how he was offered the job of manager of Missoula Electric Cooperative. Pike talks about the complicated network of agreements and laws established in the Rural Electrification Act of 1937 under which the cooperative operated. Pike also discusses the series of court cases in which the Montana Power Company sought and often succeeded in limiting electric cooperatives’ business across the state of Montana. Pike tells stories about fallen power lines and discusses the equipment used to build new lines. He also talks about the social impact that rural electrification had on rural populations.

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Document Type

Oral History


Missoula Electric Cooperative; Electric utilities, Montana Missoula County; Rural electrification, Montana Missoula County; Bonneville Power Administration; Montana Power Company

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Rural Electric Cooperative Oral History Project, OH 050, 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 050-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:03 minutes

Local Filename

OH_050_003.mp3; OH_050_003.pdf

Eugene Pike Interview, circa November 1979