William “Bill” Hunter discusses his life in the Stevensville area from the early 1900s to the 1980s. He describes how his family moved to Bannack, Montana, during the gold rush and settled there. He recalls his childhood interactions with his family and starting to work outside the home at the age of 15. He talks extensively about the various jobs he had, including working in a laundry and then as a mechanic, before opening a pool hall business. Hunter describes the business and its popularity during the Great Depression, even though he didn’t serve alcohol during Prohibition. He talks about selling the business after one year and getting a job as Margaret Daly’s chauffeur, then buying the business back after a year. Hunter recalls owning the pool hall and a restaurant simultaneously for almost 20 years before owning a theater in Stevensville with his sister and brother-in-law. He discusses retiring at the age of 62, and talks about how much he enjoyed the different careers he had.
Stevensville, Montana; Movie theaters; Great Depression, 1929-1939; Prohibition, 1920-1933; World War, 1914-1918; Prospectors; Gold rush, Montana; Bannack, Montana; Retallack, Charles; Clark, W.A.; Daly, Marcus; Daly, Marcus; Pool halls; Montana towns, growth
Stevensville Oral History Project, OH 207, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (27 p.: 28 cm.)
Hunter, William, "William Hunter Interview, August 3, 1988" (1988). Stevensville Oral History Project. 2.