This collection includes interviews detailing the history and activities of the Champion International Corporation in Bonner, Montana. The interviews were conducted in 1984 by Orlan J. Svingen. The interviewees discuss the lumber camps near Bonner, the Bonner Mill, and the sale of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company to Champion. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 119 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 4 interviews.
Ernie B. Corrick
Ernie B. Corrick, General Manager of the Rocky Mountain Timberlands Division for Champion International Corporation, discusses the major structural changes that took place in the company since he began working there in the 1950s. Corrick describes the merger of the Anaconda Company, in Anaconda, Montana, ... Read More
George Neff discusses logging camps, equipment and conditions, and labor-management problems at the Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM] before and after its sale to the Champion International Corporation. He describes how World War Two and the Korean War impacted production at the company. Neff recalls ... Read More
Jack L. Demmons
Jack Demmons discusses his life growing up in Bonner during the Great Depression and World War Two. He talks about his father, who was a river boss at the Bonner Mill until his death in 1950, Demmons describes the stepped-up activity in the mill during ... Read More
John F. Leary and Onnie Hamma
Onnie Hamma recalls growing up in Milltown, Montana, as a first-generation immigrant from Finland. He describes working in the boxing plant for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM] before he went into the service during World War Two. Hamma and John “Jack” Leary discuss various ... Read More