Joe Waldbillig Interview, November 5, 1999


Joe Waldbillig


Suzanne M. Vernon



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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).

Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Waldbillig family, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Native American tribes, Swan Valley, Montana; Airedale dogs; Gordon Ranch, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, 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 422-048, 049

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:25:02 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_048_049.mp3; OH_422_048_049.pdf

Joe Waldbillig Interview, November 5, 1999