Lucille Wilhelm and Shirley Webb Interview, July 29, 2003


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Lucille Wilhelm details her childhood in Swan Valley, Montana, describing both the joys and hardships of living in such a secluded place. She discusses attending high school in Missoula, Montana, during the 1940s. Together with her daughter, Shirley Webb, Wilhelm talks about her husband Joe Wilhelm, whom she married in 1951. Wilhelm recalls how she and her husband purchased a homestead in the valley and how he worked as an outfitter in the Swan Valley as well as a sawyer. She mentions many of her activities, such as cooking for hunting camps, and she describes the realities of living in the valley such as high cost of living and low wages. Wilhelm concludes by noting the major changes she has seen in the area during her lifetime, such as the construction of the highway.


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Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Missoula, Montana; Education, Montana; Hunting; Sawyers; Homesteaders, Montana; Road construction

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 422-111, 112

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (49 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:59:42 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_111_112.mp3; OH_422_111_112.pdf

Lucille Wilhelm and Shirley Webb Interview, July 29, 2003