This collection includes three interviews detailing the lives of women homesteaders in Highwood, Montana, during the early 20th century. The interviews were conducted in 1991 by Winnifred West. The interviewees discuss living without electricity and indoor plumbing, ranching, and growing up on the frontier. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 260 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 3 interviews.
Dorothy Helen Hubber
Dorothy Helen Dammrose Lander Hubber details her childhood in Montana in the early 1900s. She speaks about her family homesteading near Great Falls and farming the land. She recalls attending school near her house and in Dillon. Hubber describes her parents’ struggle to build their ... Read More
Esther May Elizabeth McDonald
Esther MacDonald describes growing up in Highwood, Montana during the early 20th century. She reminisces about getting electricity, running water, and her family’s first car. MacDonald talks about life before those conveniences and describes doing household chores manually. She discusses how electricity and indoor plumbing ... Read More
Jean Elizabeth Fotland
Jean Fotland talks about growing on the frontier near Highwood, Montana during the early 20th century. She provides a brief family history and then discusses her neighbors, homemade clothing, living without electricity and running water. She talks about attending school, living on her family’s ranch ... Read More