Suzanne M. Vernon
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.
Swan Valley, Montana; Tom Haggerty; Charlie Lundberg; Charlie Roll; Nelson family, Swan Valley, Montana; Homesteading, Montana; Homesteaders; Homesteading hardships; Homesteading communities
Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 422-079, 080
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (29 p.: 28 cm.)
Nelson, Rich, "Rich Nelson Interview, November 9, 2001" (2001). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 31.