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Fifty Cents an Hour the Builders and Boomtowns of the Fort Peck Dam (Montana)

Lonnquist, Lois

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ISBN 10: 0978696301 / ISBN 13: 9780978696306
Published by MtSky Press, Helena, MT, 2006
Condition: NF Soft cover
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The book is a trade size paperback with photo of Fort Peck Reservior and inst photos of worker of the 1930's. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR - no defects to note. The history of the building of the largest earthen dam in the world. Black and white photos. Bookseller Inventory # 007014

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Title: Fifty Cents an Hour the Builders and ...

Publisher: MtSky Press, Helena, MT

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:NF

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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Fifty Cents An Hour: The Builders and Boomtowns of the Fort Peck Dam One of the most fascinating chapters in Montana history is the building of the Fort Peck Dam across the Missouri River in northeast Montana. The story of the people who built it, is another. Project Number 30, the Fort Peck Dam, was authorized by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression of the 1930s, and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It provided jobs and hope for the thousands of unemployed Montana workers, and others across the country. It left a legacy of flood control, electric power, and recreation on Fort Peck Lake enjoyed by thousands today. My family's four year involvement with "the dam" project led me to write a book:

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At the end of 1939 my family moved from Wheeler to my great-grandmother s deserted homestead south of the Missouri River in northeastern Montana. There I got first hand experience as a dryland farmer/rancher living in a little prairie house with ice on the inside of the windows in winter and wild roses around the door in summer. I was destined to leave at seventeen and a year or so later marry a Midwesterner who shared my love of music. We added six children to our duo and formed a family band playing music for shows and radio. While my husband Del managed and owned radio stations and our children grew up, I freelanced news and features for several Midwest newspapers, and television and radio stations, earned a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin, and saw my short stories in print. Once more a duo, Del and I moved to Helena in 1989. He stayed with radio, I spent thirteen years at the Helena Independent Record. All the while, especially after Mom and Dad were gone, this book kept tugging at my heart, struggling to get out of my head into a form I could pass on to my family. When I started researching my project roots I realized this important part of Montana history deserved a book that could be shared with everyone. I have had many requests for information and it is my prayer that Fifty Cents will answer your questions and make you laugh and cry in memory of the hardworking project people who stood up to the Great Depression and in so-doing created the biggest hydraulically filled earth dam in the world. Lois Lonnquist

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