Willard A.


Willard A. Hartley



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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 down to the train and load them. Hartley recalls the specific kinds of equipment, including slide jammers and Shay engines, that were used in the logging process. He talks about the Anaconda Copper Mining Company’s logging division which operated in Nine Mile and Blackfoot, Montana. Hartley also describes growing up in Stark, Montana, attending school there, and later attending high school in Missoula, Montana.

Document Type

Oral History


Logging, Montana; Logging, Nine Mile, Montana; Shay engines; Museum at Fort Missoula, Montana; Schoolhouses, Nine Mile, Montana; Stark, Montana; Logging, Blackfoot, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Forestry, Land Use, and Conservation Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


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

Oral History Number

OH 268-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (19 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:01:37 minutes

Local Filename

OH_268_001.mp3; OH_268_001.pdf

Willard A.