John P. Ferguson Interview

Title

John P. Ferguson Interview

Interviewee

John P. Ferguson

Interviewer

Floyd Cowles

Files

Download Transcript of John Ferguson Interview (1.5 MB)

Description

.John Ferguson describes helping to set up the smokejumper program in McCall, Idaho, after his 1942 training at the Nine Mile Ranger Station in Montana and in Missoula, Montana. He recalls how he was on the first fire jump for Region 4. Ferguson discusses training jumps and fire jumps, equipment modifications, and changes in the cargo dropping system. He talks about training doctors to jump. Ferguson describes the government’s use of conscientious objectors to serve as smokejumpers during World War Two, the training of African American jumpers, the first fire death of a smokejumper in 1946, and the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire.

The audio for this interview is available at Archives and Special Collections, but has not yet been digitized.

Type

Oral History

Subjects

Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumpers Training of; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies; Airdrop

Original Date

7-21-1984

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights

Copyright to this collection is held by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use of this item. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 133-034, OH 133-035

Media Type

Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (105 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (27 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_133_034_035.pdf

John P. Ferguson Interview

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