Suzanne M. Vernon
Helen Anderson Brist recalls memories from her childhood in Montana. She tells how her mother, an immigrant from Norway, and her father, a first generation immigrant from Sweden, met and married in Somers, Montana, before moving onto a homestead in Swan Valley, Montana. Brist discusses how her parents managed to keep alive aspects of their Northern European heritage, such as language and food. She describes her childhood on the homestead noting the chores she did, entertainment that was available, attending school and other parts of day-to-day life. Brist offers insight into the hardships and joys of homesteading in rural Montana for many European immigrants. She also describes her husband, Bob Brist, and their life together.
Swan Valley, Montana; Immigration, Montana; Northern European heritage; Homesteaders, Montana; Norwegian immigrants; Swedish immigrants
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 422-202, 203
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)
Brist, Helen, "Helen Anderson Brist Interview, June 11, 2007" (2007). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 47.