Suzanne M. Vernon
Joe Waldbillig talks about his German ancestry and how that affected his experiences during World War Two. Waldbillig tells stories while looking at old pictures of life in the Swan Valley of Montana. He describes the various Native American tribes, who lived in the Swan Valley during the early 20th century. Waldbillig recalls stories of his mother being the only white woman in the Swan Valley when his family homesteaded, her Airedale dogs, the trappers on the Gordon Ranch, and his parent’s life in the valley.
Many of Waldbillig’s stories were published in Cabin Fever: A Centennial Collection of Stories about the Seeley Lake Area (1989).
Swan Valley, Montana; Waldbillig family, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Native American tribes, Swan Valley, Montana; Airedale dogs; Gordon Ranch, Montana
Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 422-048, 049
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)
Waldbillig, Joe, "Joe Waldbillig Interview, November 5, 1999" (1999). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 18.