Rich Nelson Interview, November 9, 2001


Rich Nelson


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Rich Nelson describes the summers he spent in Swan Valley, Montana, throughout his childhood in the 1930s. He details how his parents, Carl and Min Nelson, acquired land and built a cabin in the area. Nelson recalls the stories and lives of several other Swan Valley residents, such as Tom Haggerty, Charlie Lundberg, and Charlie Roll, which offer context on Nelson’s own memories about the hardships and rewards of the homesteading experience in general. He cites some of the difficulties that homesteaders faced, such as finding clean water and maintaining their homes, but he also emphasizes the friendships and community that form through homesteading.

Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Tom Haggerty; Charlie Lundberg; Charlie Roll; Nelson family, Swan Valley, Montana; Homesteading, Montana; Homesteaders; Homesteading hardships; Homesteading communities

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 422-079, 080

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (29 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:36:26 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_079_080.mp3; OH_422_079_080.pdf

Rich Nelson Interview, November 9, 2001