• Al Wise Interview, May 26, 1999

    Wise, Al

    Al Wise shares a number of colorful anecdotes about his life from living in Illinois until he was married, then moving to the Swan Valley in Montana in 1932 for employment. He recalls homesteading the…

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  • Bob Reed and Peggy Reed Interview, November 7, 2001

    Reed, Bob, Reed, Peggy

    Bob Reed and Peggy Reed talk about the time they have spent in Swan Valley, Montana. Each tell how their parents homesteaded and worked odd jobs in and around the Swan Valley area. Bob recalls his tim…

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  • Warner Lundberg and Frank Lundberg Interview, June 11, 1999

    Lundberg, Warner, Lundberg, Frank

    Warner Lundberg and his younger brother, Frank, describe homesteading in the Swan Valley in Montana as the children of Swedish immigrants who came to Montana in the early 20th century. The brothers of…

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  • Gyda Newman and Bob Newman Interview, February 1, 1999

    Newman, Gyda, Newman, Bob

    Gyda Newman briefly describes her father’s job with the U.S. Forest Service and when her family moved from the Swan Valley into Missoula, Montana. Bob Newman recalls when his parents purchased a home…

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  • Rich Nelson Interview, November 9, 2001

    Nelson, Rich

    Rich Nelson describes the summers he spent in Swan Valley, Montana, throughout his childhood in the 1930s. He details how his parents, Carl and Min Nelson, acquired land and built a cabin in the area…

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  • Leita Anderson Interview, October 13, 2000

    Anderson, Leita

    Leita Anderson talks about growing up in Salmon Prairie, Montana, and recalls the families who lived there when she was a child, particularly the Anderson family. She describes how her father grew up…

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  • Wayne "Butch" Harmon Interview, January 18, 2000

    Harmon, Wayne

    Wayne "Butch" Harmon tells how his grandfather came to the Swan Valley of Montana in 1917 as a logger with the Great Northern Railroad and homesteaded at Salmon Prairie. Harmon relates stories from hi…

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  • Karen Conley and E. Dale Conley Interview, December 6, 2001

    Conley, Karen, Conley, E. Dale

    Karen Conley recalls childhood memories of living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, before her family moved to the Swan Valley, area of Montana. She describes boarding in Missoula, Montana, with her sister so…

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  • Rodney “Rod” Fox Interview, October 10, 2000

    Fox, Rodney

    Rodney “Rod” Fox tells how his family homesteaded in the Swan Valley of Montana around 1932. He describes his father’s business as a commercial packer in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Fox talks about h…

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  • Doris Haasch and Harold Haasch Interview, January 25, 2002

    Haasch, Doris, Haasch, Harold

    Doris Haasch and Harold Haasch tell the story of how they first met when Harold was working on Doris’ father’s ranch in Woodworth, Montana. They describe marrying in 1943 and then moving up to Swan Va…

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  • Oliver "Ollie" Hill Interview, June 19, 1999

    Hill, Oliver

    Oliver "Ollie" Hill describes growing up on a homestead near Condon, Montana. He talks about his father, a Finnish immigrant who came to America to escape what Hill describes as serfdom in Finland at…

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  • Harold Haasch Interview, July 17, 1999

    Haasch, Harold

    Harold Haasch describes working as a guide in and around Montana’s Swan Valley for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks [FWP], the U.S. Forest Service, and guest ranches such as the Bar 33 and Gordon Ranc…

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  • Dixie Meyer Interview, October 22, 2001

    Meyer, Dixie

    Dixie Meyer discusses when her family moved to Salmon Prairie, Montana, in the late 1930s. She talks about the family property and about going to elementary school in Salmon Prairie and high school in…

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  • Reuben Kauffman and Sadie Kauffman Interview, January 15, 1999

    Kauffman, Reuben, Kauffman, Sadie

    Reuben Kauffman recalls moving from southern Idaho to the Swan Valley area where he worked in a sawmill during the 1940s. He talks about the other homestead families of the area and the lack of jobs a…

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  • Harold Haasch and Doris Haasch Interview, July 18, 1999

    Haasch, Harold, Haasch, Doris

    Doris and Harold Haasch reminisce about their marriage in 1943 and subsequent honeymoon spent riding packhorses for the U.S. Forest Service in the Seeley-Swan Mountain Range of Montana. They talk abou…

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  • Gyda Newman and Bob Newman Interview, January 29, 1999

    Newman, Gyda, Newman, Bob

    Gyda Newman recounts her time growing up near the Lindberg Lake, Elbow Lake, and Elk Creek, Montana areas as a child with her brother and father. Bob Newman discusses the logging and maintenance of th…

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