Suzanne M. Vernon
Queveene Talley and her son, ValGene Clothier, discuss the experience of homesteading in and around Condon, Montana, where they first settled in 1938. Talley describes the hardships of homesteading as a young woman with a young and growing family. Both of them talk about the practice of fur trapping, which was a favorite occupation of Talley’s second husband, Ed Beck. Clothier and Talley recall some of Beck’s trapping techniques as well as the importance of fur trapping to the life and economy of western Montana during the early 20th century. Both of them tell stories about important contemporaneous figures and occurrences in Condon, and provide a helpful perspective on life in Swan Valley at the time.
Swan Valley, Montana; Fur trapping, Montana; Fur trappers; Ed Beck, Montana; Condon, Montana; Homesteaders, Montana; Women homesteaders
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 422-128, 129
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (34 p.: 28 cm.)
Talley, Queveene and Clothier, ValGene, "Queveene Talley and ValGene Clothier Interview, May 9, 2006" (2006). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 42.