Ruby Longbottom describes her family history and her life in Stevensville, Montana, during the 20th century. She talks about her family’s roots in Nebraska where her parents met and married before moving west, originally to cultivate an apple orchard during the apple boom in the Bitterroot Valley. She discusses her family life and the cattle farm she grew up. Longbottom talks about working as a bookkeeper before marrying in 1930, and recalls the expectation of married women to stay home. Longbottom talks about the financial difficulties the Depression created for her family, and recalls the Works Progress Administration [WPA] and Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC] programs that provided jobs for people in the community. She describes the origins of the annual creamery picnic in Stevensville, how the town has changed over the years, and her favorite memories of growing up there. She speaks briefly about raising her children and helping her husband with his woodworking shop before working for the school district for nearly 20 years as an assistant to the superintendent.
Great Depression, 1929-1939; Stevensville fire; World War, 1914-1918; Flu epidemic, 1919; Apple boom, Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Farming, Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Montana towns, growth; Works Progress Administration [WPA]; Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC]; Stevensville Creamery Picnic
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 (15 p.: 28 cm.)
Longbottom, Ruby, "Ruby Longbottom Interview, August 3, 1988" (1988). Stevensville Oral History Project. 3.