James C. Ayers Interview
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James C. Ayers discusses his career as a smokejumper, which started in the 1940s and lasted until 1972. He describes his training at the Nine Mile Ranger Station in Montana, as well as what it was like to fight a fire, from jumping in to after-fire procedures. Ayers talks about his fellow smokejumpers, many of whom were former servicemen, and their off-duty activities, such as going to dances in Missoula. Ayers discusses the impact smokejumping had on the rest of his life, including a focus on physical fitness and how the beauty of the scenery inspired him to pursue art.
The audio for this interview is available at Archives and Special Collections, but has not yet been digitized.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Nine Mile Ranger Station; Missoula, Montana; University of Montana; Stewart Peak; Bob Marshall Wilderness
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (72 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (19 p. : 28 cm.)
Ayers, James C., "James C. Ayers Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection. OH 133-002.