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MS 201 - Oral History Collection

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MS 201 - Oral History Collection, 1998-2012 | McCracken Research Library

By Nathan Bender, 2005.  Updated by Samantha L. Harper, 2018.

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Collection Overview

Title: MS 201 - Oral History Collection, 1998-2012Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Buffalo Bill Historical Center (1900-2013)

Extent: 10.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection is a compilation of oral history interviews from persons in Cody, Park County, Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park, and the surrounding areas.  Most of the recordings were created as part of an ongoing oral history effort of the McCracken Research Library, with others acquired by donation or through sharing of resources with the Park County Historical Society.

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Administrative Information

Repository: McCracken Research Library

Access Restrictions: McCracken Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials. Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation or publication. Contact McCracken Research Library for more information.


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Folder 37: Interview #37 - Russell Waterman Crane, Jr. and Loch Crane, September 14, 2002Add to your cart.
TOPIC:  Brothers interviewed about their childhood in Meeteetsee.  Their father homesteaded on land adjacent to the Phelps Ranch (Pitchfork Ranch?).  Family moved to Cody, and descriptions of their home near Beck Lake are given, and of going to public school in Cody.  A big moment in Russell’s life was being one of two children to open the curtain on the Robert Lindneux painting of “ Buffalo Bill’s Duel with Hay-O-Wei in July, 1876.”  Loch Crane also talks about sailing at San Diego, and building sail boats for paralyzed persons after his retirement as an architect.  He studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright.
Folder 38: Interview #38 - Ursula Kepler, October 22, 2002Add to your cart.
TOPIC:  The life of Ursula Kepler.  Active in riflery in Jr. High and High School.  Talks about horses, dancing, her nursing career, work as a teacher for children as a Red Cross instructor, providing music, art, swimming classes, work with the Girl Scouts, her family life (info on her artist brother, Manewal), her travels around the world, and her poetry.
Folder 39: Interview #39 - Irma McGuire, April 8, 2003Add to your cart.
TOPIC:  Growing up in rural Fremont County; farming on the Wind River Indian Reservation; ranching and outfitting.
Folder 40: Interview #40 - Gary Brown, April 15, 2003Add to your cart.
TOPIC:  Career ranger who worked in the field and in administration in YNP.  Elk-trapping, tranquilizing and re-locating bears, fire management, Fires of ’88.
Folder 41: Interview #41 - Terry Danforth, April 16, 2003Add to your cart.
TOPIC:  Career Yellowstone ranger who worked in many parts of the park.  Topics of discussion include fire management, horn-hunting and poaching on the north boundary and the introduction of snowmobiles to YNP.
Folder 42: Interview #42 - Larry Newell, September 16, 2003Add to your cart.
TOPIC:  Lewis Lake Ranger with more than 30 years’ experience in Yellowstone National Park.  Topics include water rescues and drownings on Lewis and Shoshone Lakes, and the fires of ’88.
Folder 43: Interview #43 - Bill Rose, July 24, 2003Add to your cart.
TOPIC: Personal account of relations with Crow nation.
Folder 44: Interview #44 - Robert Frisby, November 15-16, 2003Add to your cart.
TOPIC: Wyoming state representative and senator for Park County.
Folder 45: Interview #45 - Dick Jones, December 17, 2003Add to your cart.
TOPIC:  A son of Swedish immigrants, Dick Jones became involved in the trucking business during the Depression.  He eventually owned his own freight line operating out of Powell and had a political career as mayor of the city as well as state legislator.  He ran for governor but lost the election in 1974.  Dick Jones Trucking is still a family business.
Folder 46: Interview #46 - Gerald Ryder, January 24, 2004Add to your cart.
TOPIC:  Retired Yellowstone National Park ranger.  Topics include growing up in Fromberg, Montana;  Prior Mountains; early years on Blister Rust Crews.
Folder 47: Interview #47 - Mary Rankin, August 13, 2004Add to your cart.
TOPIC:  From 1937 to 1966, Mary Rankin was a personal secretary to Adele Von Ohl Parker.  Mrs. Parker had been a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West before she settled in Ohio and opened the Parker Ranch, a riding school and day camp for children.  Mary Rankin emphasizes the larger-than-life personality of Adele and how the ranch revolved around her.

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