Tom Haines Interview, April 27, 1987


Tom Haines


Gladys Peterson



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Tom Haines speaks about his experiences living in Missoula and owning a grocery store during World War Two as well as his political career serving in the Montana State Legislature during the 1950s. He recalls the effects of food rationing and the OPA [Office of Price Administration] had on his store and the people of Missoula. He describes how the restriction of rationing encouraged black market sales, in which he participated, buying and selling chickens from private individuals to his customers without asking for ration stamps. He also speaks about his own rationing system so all of his customers would get an equal share of the inventory he housed. Haines discusses the Italian internees who were housed at Fort Missoula and allowed to work at various Missoula businesses. He describes the presidential election of 1948 between Thomas Dewey and Harry S. Truman, and discusses the importance of party politics and loyalty to one’s own party.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

World War 2 Oral History Project, OH 168, 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 168-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (20 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:45:14 minutes

Local Filename

OH_168_002.mp3; OH_168_002.pdf

Tom Haines Interview, April 27, 1987