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Women in Agriculture Stories

The oral histories on this page capture the lives of the women from childhood through adulthood.  They speak about their connection to the land, commitment to conservation, and the legacy they will pass on to the next generation.  Their personal stories, told from the heart, will make you laugh, cry, and understand the world of ranching and farming from a female's perspective.


Glenna Stucky.jpgGlenna Stucky

Glenna lives in Avon, Montana located in Powell County.

North Powell Conservation District--No website at the present time.

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nolapetersen.jpgNola Peterson

Nola lives in Havre, Montana located in Hill County. 

Hill County Conservation District

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Jeanette Brown.jpgJeanette Brown

Jeanette lives in Shelby, Montana, located in Toole County.

Toole County Conservation District--No website at the present time.

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Joyce Dye pic.jpgJoyce Dye

Joyce lives in Shelby, Montana located in Toole County.

Toole County Conservation District--No website at the present time.

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endecottand Goggins.jpgJanet Endecott and her Mom Cora Goggins

Janet and Cora live in Ennis, Montana, located in Madison County.

Madison Conservation District

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Betty Hedstrom

Betty lives in Raynsford, Montana, located Judith Basin County.

Judith Basin Conservation District--No web page at the present time.

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Melody Harding.jpgMelody Harding

Melody lives in Hardin, Montana, located in Big Horn County.

Big Horn Conservation District--No website at the present time.

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Helen Gibbs

Helen lives in Jordan, Montana, located in Garfield County.

Garfield County Conservation District--No website at the present time.

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Lauraine Johnson

Lauraine lives in Plains, Montana, located in Sanders County.

Eastern Sanders Conservation District--No website at the present time.

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JudiKnapp4wheeler.jpgJudi Knapp

Judi lives in Hysham, Montana, located in Treasure County.

Treasure County Conservation District--No website at the present time.

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Esther McDonald.jpgEsther McDonald

Esther lives in Philipsburg, Montana, located in Granite County

Granite County Conservation District--No website at present time.

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Lee Jacobsens 2 10.2012.jpgLee Jacobsen

Lee lives in Cut Bank, Montana, located in Glacier County.

Glacier County Conservation District

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AvisBerkram.JPGAvis Berkram

Avis lives in Cut Bank, Montana, located in Glacier County.

Glacier County Conservation District

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Bonnie Thies

Bonnie lives in Cut Bank, Montana, located in Glacier County.

Glacier County Conservation District

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Donna Lonoir.jpgDonna Lenoir

Donna lives in Cut Bank, Montana, located in Glacier County.

Glacier County Conservation District

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Georgia Tomsheck

Georgia lives in Cut Bank, Montana, located in Glacier County.

Glacier County Conservation District

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MichelleEdwards.JPGMichelle Edwards

Michelle lives in Cut Bank, Montana, located in Glacier County.

Glacier County Conservation District

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BarbaraBroberg.JPGBarbara Broberg

Barbara lives in Cut Bank, Montana, located in Glacier County.

Glacier County Conservation District

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ColleenGustafson.jpgColleen McGowen-Gustafson

Colleen lives in Cut Bank, Montana, located in Glacier County.

Glacier County Conservation District

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Corky French

Corky lives in Malta, Montana, located in Phillips County.

Phillips Conservation District

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Eva Amundson

Eva farmed in Joplin, Montana, located in Liberty County.  She presently lives Missoula, MT.

Liberty County Conservation District--No website at this time.

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PaulineWebb.jpgPauline Webb

Pauline ranched in Townsend, Montana, located in Broadwater County.  She moved to Missoula, Montana in 2015. Pauline passed away on November 9, 2016.

Broadwater Conservation District

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Verna Sokoloski.jpgVerna Sokoloski

Verna lived in Wibaux, Montana, located in Wibaux County.

Verna lived to be more than 100 years old.  Verna passed awary on August 22, 2015.

Wibaux Conservation District--No website at this time.

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Janet Zieg

Janet lives in White Sulphur, Montana, located in Meagher County.

Meagher County Conservation District--No website at this time.

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Evelyn Aiken

Evelyn lives in Chester, Montana, located in Liberty County.

Liberty County Conservation District--No website at this time.

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Barbara Kirscher

Barbara lives in Townsend, Montana, located in Broadwater County.  Barbara passed away May 25, 2016.

Broadwater Conservation District

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ArlenePile.jpgArlene Pile

Arlene lives in Big Timber, Montana, located in Sweet Grass County.

Sweet Grass County Conservation District--No website available at the present time.

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Jean Waldbillig Photo.jpgJean Waldbillig

Jean lives in Philipsburg Montana, located in Granite County.

Granite County Conservation District--No website available at the present time.

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DonnaGriffinheadshot.jpgDonna Griffin

Donna lives in Chester, Montana, located in Liberty County.

Liberty County Conservation District--No website available at the present time.

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Peggy Kude.jpgPeggy Kude

Peggy ranched in Townsend, Montana, located in Broadwater County.

She now lives in Helena, Montana.

Broadwater Conservation District

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Tracy Hentges.JPGTracy Hentges

Tracy ranches in Wolf Point, Montana, located in Roosevelt County Conservation District

Roosevelt County Conservation District--No Website at this time.

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ValerieWadman.JPGValerie Wadman

Valerie runs a sheep ranch in Cut Bank, Montana located in the Glacier County Conservation District

Glacier County Conservation District

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Maggie Julson

Maggie runs a sheep ranch in Reed Point, Montana located in the Stillwater County  Conservation District

Stillwater Conservation District

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Margaret (Peggy) Floerchinger

Peggy works on her farm in Conrad, MT, located in the Pondera County Conservation District located in Pondera County.

Pondera County Conservation District

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Doris Bishop

Doris Bishop

Doris lives in Brady, MT, located in the Pondera Conservation District,located in Pondera County.

Pondera County Conservation District--No website at present time.

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Bonnie Kronenbusch

Bonnie Kronenbusch

Bonnie lives in Conrad, MT, located in the Pondera County Conservation District. .

Pondra County Conservation District--No website at present time.

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Barb Habbets

Barbara (Barb) Habets

Barb lives in Conrad, MT, located in the Pondera County Conservation District, Pondera County,

Pondra County Conservation District--No website at present time.

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Andrea Olenik


Andrea Olenik

Andrea lives in Hardin, MT, located in the Big Horn Conservation District. Big Horn County.

Big Horn Conservation District--No website at present time.

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