Jean Dickson Jonkel Reminiscence, circa 2000


Jean Jonkel



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In this self-recorded reminiscence, Jean Jonkel, who graduated from the University of Montana [UM] in 1940, recounts her experiences at the University and the professors she enjoyed such as J.P. Rowe, “Psych” Smith, and J. Earl “Burly” Miller. She recalls funny stories about dogs sleeping in classrooms and students protesting bad lecturing by walking out of class. Jonkel speaks fondly of Madame Arnoldson who taught music, including a course of French opera which she held at her home. Jonkel credits Dr. G. D. Shallenberger for helping her look for a job after she graduated, and Dr. A. H. Weisberg for helping her pass German. Jonkel describes her admiration of “Burly” Miller’s teaching style and her disappointment when he moved into an administrative role and quit teaching English history. She discusses how she convinced her husband to attend the University of Montana after World War Two, and briefly mentions his experiences at the University.


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Document Type

Oral History


Women in Montana; University of Montana-Missoula; University of Montana, women students; Madame Arnoldson; “Psych” Smith; G. D. Shallenberger; A. H. Weisberg; Bill Lazetich; J. Earl “Burly” Miller; J.P. Rowe; Dogs on campus; World War, 1939-1945; Great Depression, 1929-1939

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

University of Montana History Oral History Collection, 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 455-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:40:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)]

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:23:57 minutes

Local Filename

OH_455_001.mp3; OH_455_001.pdf

Jean Dickson Jonkel Reminiscence, circa 2000