Goosetown In Their Own Words
An Oral History of Anaconda’s Ethnic, Working-Class Neighborhood

by Alice Finnegan

published by Alice Finnegan

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • Join researcher and author Alice Finnegan in Goosetown In Their Own Words 1900-1945, on a historical journey of Anaconda, Montana. Learn how its eastside became known as Goosetown through personal accounts of the town’s citizens and through historic black-and-white photographs. Finnegan, with the help of others, interviewed many of Goosetown’s residents and recorded their interviews, thus preserving an oral history for generations to come. Now, thanks to Goosetown In Their Own Words 1900-1945, that oral history is documented and detailed in writing. From how the name Goosetown was created to the entertainment, sports, and recreation at the time, to historic events and even the prohibition—it’s all chronicled and captured in writing by Finnegan.

248 pages, 6 x 9, 74 b/w photos, 3 illustrations

ISBN 10: 1-59152-108-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-59152-108-2

ISBN 10: 1-59152-110-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-59152-110-5

August 2012





Goosetown In Their Own Words
An Oral History of Anaconda’s Ethnic, Working-Class Neighborhood

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Born, raised, and educated in Anaconda, Alice Clark Finnegan, second of 13 children, along with parents Albert and Alice (Kelly) Clark, generated the constant hum in and around the family home, which still continues to this date.

Within eight months after high school graduation, she spread her wings and relocated first to Seattle, Washington where she was employed by Fredrick & Nelson as an order processing clerk. Then in April of 1961, Finnegan married her Air Force husband, stationed in Texas, later transferring to Arizona, and finally returning with her family to Anaconda in November 1965. Housewife, mother, professional seamstress, and secretary-bookkeeper, Finnegan works as a secretary for St. Paul’s Parish and Warm Springs State Hospital.

While engaged in local historical research for Deer Lodge County, she, along with Margaret Mullen and Sister Marilyn Wegscheider, co-founded the Tri-County Historical Society (presently the Marcus Daly Historical Society), and served as it’s volunteer director until 1988.

Finnegan honed her interests in historical research as a federal census worker and professional genealogist. It was during this time that she realized the unique community within Anaconda’s boundary known as “Goosetown” needed its history more closely researched, and, after receiving a grant from the American Association for State & Local History began the Goosetown Oral History Project. Although life had inserted several stumbling blocks, which delayed the completion of this labor of love, it is now being presented for your reading pleasure and enjoyment.

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