Karen Conley and E. Dale Conley Interview, December 6, 2001


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Karen Conley recalls childhood memories of living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, before her family moved to the Swan Valley, area of Montana. She describes boarding in Missoula, Montana, with her sister so they could attend high school there. Conley and her husband Dale talk about the methods they use for smoking salmon and whitefish they caught in the Swan Valley, Montana area. They also describe getting electricity for the first time in Salmon Prairie. Karen talks about the annual Christmas bazaar and other dances that the Salmon Prairie Ladies’ Club held at the local schoolhouse. The Conleys reminisce about the different people who lived in the area and how difficult it was to get anywhere if someone got sick due to the lack of telephones. Karen recalls her parents’ cultural heritage, and she reflects on how the Swan Valley has changed and how fewer people in the area know each other.


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Document Type

Oral History


Homesteading, Idaho; Homesteading, Montana; Cattle ranching, Montana; Hereford cattle; Education, Montana; Fishing, Montana; Cooking, Montana, Hunting, Montana; Trapping, Montana; Swan Valley, Montana; Salmon Prairie, Montana; Salmon Prairie Ladies’ Club; Electricity, rural Montana; Gardening, 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 422-073, 074

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (39 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:44:12 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_073_074.mp3; OH_422_073_074.pdf

Karen Conley and E. Dale Conley Interview, December 6, 2001