• Helen Anderson Brist Interview, June 11, 2007

    Brist, Helen

    Helen Anderson Brist recalls memories from her childhood in Montana. She tells how her mother, an immigrant from Norway, and her father, a first generation immigrant from Sweden, met and married in So…

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  • Brian Parks Interview, October 20, 2005

    Parks, Brian

    Brian Parks discusses his experience building and maintaining a garden in Condon, Montana. He notes some of the unique challenges he faces, such as colder temperatures and pests. Parks describes the g…

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  • Rod Ash and June Ash Interview, October 20, 2006

    Ash, Rod, Ash, June

    Rod Ash and June Ash discuss their strong ties Swan Valley, Montana despite having lived for years in Redding, California. They recall camping numerous times in the area during the 1960s, before purch…

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  • Joe Waldbillig Interview, November 5, 1999

    Waldbillig, Joe

    Joe Waldbillig talks about his German ancestry and how that affected his experiences during World War Two. Waldbillig tells stories while looking at old pictures of life in the Swan Valley of Montana…

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  • Leonard Moore and Ethel Moore Interview, August 19, 1999

    Moore, Leonard, Moore, Ethel

    Leonard Moore talks about when his family moved to Swan Valley, Montana in 1936 to establish a headquarters for their outfitting business. He discusses the backcountry trails his father used and the w…

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  • Gerald Edwin “Jerry” Underwood Interview, September 29, 2009

    Underwood, Gerald Edwin

    Gerald “Jerry” Underwood discusses moving to the Swan Valley with his parents and brother as a young child so his father could work as a logger. He talks about fishing on Cooney Creek, attending schoo…

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  • Mike Holmes and Sue Holmes Interview, August 27, 2009

    Holmes, Mike, Holmes, Sue

    Mike Holmes discusses growing up in Montana, and later, working for Shorty Koessler who owned the Intermountain Lumber Company. Mike and Sue discuss getting married in 1964 after finishing high school…

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  • Gloria Busch Interview, February 9, 2006

    Busch, Gloria

    Gloria Busch discusses the origin and development of Rustics, a business in Swan Valley that builds and sells log cabin homes and which she started in 1969 with her then husband, Jim Busch. She recall…

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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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  • Ed Foss Interview, September 11, 1999

    Foss, Ed

    Ed Foss tells how he moved to the Swan Valley, Montana, after discovering the area during a packing trip through the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He recalls how, on the advice of one of his pack guides, h…

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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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  • Ken Huston Interview, September 9, 1999

    Huston, Ken

    Ken Huston, who was raised in Swan Valley, Montana, discusses wildlife (particularly grizzly bears), fires, hunting, trapping, and the old lumber mill. He recalls marrying Blanche Fenby, whose family…

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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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  • Ken Wolff Interview, February 14, 2006

    Wolff, Ken

    Ken Wolff discusses the work of Grounded Eagle Foundation, a non-profit in Swan Valley, Montana, devoted to the rescue and recovery of injured wild birds. He describes growing up in and around Western…

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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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  • Lendal Kotschevar Interview, September 8, 1999

    Kotschevar, Lendal

    Lendal Kotschevar describes his home on Lindbergh Lake in the Swan Valley of Montana, which he purchased in 1955 while he was a professor at the University of Montana. He discusses the history of the…

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  • Rod Ash and June Ash Interview, October 21, 2005

    Ash, Rod, Ash, June

    Rod and June Ash describe their gardening experiences in Swan Valley, Montana, a practice they have maintained since the early 1970s. They discuss some of the difficulties they have encountered, such…

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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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  • Harold Haasch Interview, February 26, 1999

    Haasch, Harold

    Harold Haasch discusses the families and people who homesteaded in Montana’s Upper Swan Valley. He talks about the bachelors in the area such as Ole Semling and Oscar Southern, trappers who lived in t…

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