Ruby Longbottom Interview, August 3, 1988


Ruby Longbottom


Gladys Peterson



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


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

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Stevensville Oral History Project, OH 207, 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 207-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:43:56 minutes

Local Filename

OH_207_003.mp3; OH_207_003.pdf

Ruby Longbottom Interview, August 3, 1988