• Emmet Tieg and Elsie Tieg Interview, September 9, 1997

    Tieg, Emmet, Tieg, Elsie

    Emmet Tieg and Elsie Tieg recall how they came to be working their home ranch near the Lewis and Clark National Forest, grazing on Forest Service land with a permit, care and use of the trails on that…

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  • Harold Haasch and Doris Haasch Interview, January 14, 1999

    Haasch, Harold, Haasch, Doris

    Harold Haasch describes growing up on his family’s homestead in Montana during the early 20th century. He talks about hauling wood, gardening, milking the cow, and caring for livestock. Haasch discuss…

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  • Donald Grant "Don" MacKenzie Speech, circa 1970s

    MacKenzie, Donald Grant

    Donald MacKenzie gives a short speech to members of the Walford Senior Center in Missoula, Montana, about his days as a logger. MacKenzie talks about working for the Big Blackfoot Milling Company and…

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  • Henry Meyer and Joan Meyer Interview, June 18, 2003

    Meyer, Henry, Meyer, Joan

    Henry Meyer and Joan Meyer describe meeting while they were both in high school in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. They tell how they married soon after in 1951, and headed west, where they settled in Swan Val…

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  • David Lake, Sr. Interview, February 1968

    Lake, David

    David Lake, Sr. discusses working as a cowboy during the late 19th century in Eastern Montana. He describes working on logging projects with his uncle, looking for work during the Silver Panic of 1893…

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  • William R. "Bud" Moore Interview, September 1, 1999

    Moore, William R

    William “Bud” Moore begins the interview by telling the history of his hundred-year-old sourdough starter which he has given to many Swan Valley, Montana families over the years. He then discusses fur…

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  • Herb Styler and Leona Styler Interview, July 15, 1999

    Styler, Herb, Styler, Leona

    Herb Styler discusses his childhood in Minnesota, where he was born in 1923 and lived until serving in World War Two. He recalls how after returning from the service, he met and married his wife, Leon…

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  • Neil Meyer Interview, May 24, 1999

    Meyer, Neil

    Neil Meyer talks about his work as a logger, discussing sustainable logging practices and the demand for different kinds of wood. He talks at length about the many people with whom he worked while log…

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  • Neil Meyer and Dixie Meyer Interview, March 2006

    Meyer, Neil, Meyer, Dixie

    Neil Meyer and his wife, Dixie Meyer, describe the homesteading lifestyle in the Upper Swan Valley, Montana. Neil discusses working as a logger and recalls sustainable logging practices and the econom…

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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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  • Bob Van Gieson and Helen Van Gieson Interview, June 11, 2007

    Van Gieson, Bob, Van Gieson, Helen

    Bob Van Gieson and Helen Van Gieson describe their life together in Swan Valley, Montana, where they moved after marrying in 1944 on a New Mexico Air Force base. Bob discusses how he served in World W…

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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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  • 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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  • Willard A. "Montana Bill" Hartley Reminiscence, August 29, 1991

    Hartley, Willard A

    Willard “Bill” Hartley describes the logging techniques, equipment and methods of the early 20th century in western Montana. He details how the loggers moved logs from the logging camps all the way do…

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  • Donald Skillicorn and Dennis Sain Interview, May 20, 2009

    Skillicorn, Donald, Sain, Dennis

    Donald Skillicorn and Dennis Sain discuss their experiences logging in western Montana for the Anaconda Forest Products Company, the evolution of logging technology, and the logging areas around Monta…

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  • 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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  • Frenchtown Residents Interview, March 8, 1976

    Dufresne, Goldie, Dufresne, Julian, Dufresne, Margaret, Dufresne, William, Dufresne, Anna Mildred, Reeves, Mamie, Williams, Louise, Van Holt, Julia

    Goldie Cole Dufresne, Julian Dufresne, Margaret Allen Dufresne, William Dufresne, Anna Mildred Mueller Dufresne, Mamie Reeves, Louise Williams, and Julia Dufresne Van Holt share their childhood memori…

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  • Donald Grant "Don" MacKenzie Interview, February 26, 1974

    MacKenzie, Donald Grant

    Donald “Don” MacKenzie talks about the history of Anaconda Copper Mining Company logging operations in the Ninemile and Seeley Lake areas from 1918-1958. He also discusses biographical information 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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