Harold G. Schmidt Interview


Harold G. Schmidt


Jodie A. Foley



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Harold Schmidt describes his career working for the Anaconda Company and the Champion Mill from 1946 to 1984. Schmidt recalls what a typical day looked like on the job, how the camps were set up, and the different tasks he performed. He explains how the process of logging has changed over the years and how the companies he worked for influenced that change. Schmidt also talks about the environmental aspect of logging, explaining the selective logging process and controlled burn methods that were used to take care of the logged areas. Schmidt gives his opinion on the current status of logging and the positive changes that could be implemented to help the business in Montana. He also talks briefly about the wildlife he saw during his time logging.


Oral History


Logging, Montana; Loggers, Montana; Logging techniques; Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM]; Champion Mill; Missoula, Montana; Phillipsburg, Montana; Bonner, Montana; Forest Service; Woodworkers of America; Blackfoot Fire Protective Association (BFPA); Elk Creek; Jocko Creek; Gold Creek; Twin Creeks

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 190-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)1 audio cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:59:12 minutes

Local Filename

OH_190_001.mp3; OH_190_001.pdf

Harold G. Schmidt Interview