Nan Nelson Interview, November 16, 2001

Title

Nan Nelson Interview, November 16, 2001

Interviewee

Nan Nelson

Interviewer

Suzanne M. Vernon

Files

Download Transcript of Nan Nelson Interview (73 KB)

Description

Nan Nelson describes her life with her husband Mel Nelson, until his death from cancer in 1992. She recalls how they met in Tacoma, Washington and eloped in 1942 to Swan Valley, Montana, when they were both 17. She talks about spending that summer learning to live in the semi-wilderness and working odd jobs. Nelson discusses how Mel was drafted into the Army the following spring and served in Europe for the duration of World War Two as a soldier and a mechanic. She tells how, following the war, the couple lived more or less in Tacoma until 1972, when they bought a grocery store and gas station from Mel’s stepfather Andy Korpa in Swan Valley. She describes how they ran the grocery store together for almost 20 years and also opened an airstrip and airplane garage.

Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

Swan Valley, Montana; Tacoma Washington; Wilderness, Montana; Camping; World War, 1939-1945; U.S. military; Grocery stores, Montana; Gas stations, Montana; Air strip, Swan Valley, Montana

Original Date

11-16-2001

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

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

Rights

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 422-071

Media Type

Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_422_071.pdf

Nan Nelson Interview, November 16, 2001

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