Suzanne M. Vernon
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.
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
Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Oral History Number
OH 422-073, 074
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (39 p.: 28 cm.)
Conley, Karen and Conley, E. Dale, "Karen Conley and E. Dale Conley Interview, December 6, 2001" (2001). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 27.