Ekalaka in the late 1930s
From the perspective of a young teacher new to the area
December 8, 2023
The following was dropped off at the Eagle years ago. It had been long forgotten until a recent, chance conversation in Billings. It was given to the Eagle by Ms. Mariellen Neudeck, eldest daughter of Marie and Alexander MacDonald.
The text contains a chapter from an unpublished autobiography, "Montana Woman," written by Marie Peterson MacDonald. MacDonald was born on February 24, 1913 to Swedish immigrants who homesteaded near Great Falls. She attended the University of Montana for one quarter. After the onset of the Depression, she transferred to Western Montana College to earn a teachin...