Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 2, circa 1950s


Glen A. Smith



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Glen A. Smith describes how he traveled west in 1898 to work in lumber yards in Montana. He recalls starting work at Northwestern Mill near Columbia Falls as a sawdust cart driver, and then rising through the ranks to become a ratchet-setter and then foreman of the mill. Smith recalls accidents and close-calls that represent the dangers of mill work at the turn of the century. He also mentions his work with Smith Mill and the O’Neil Lumber Company in Kalispell. Smith reflects on the Scandinavian and French-Canadian labor force that made up the logging and milling communities of the early 1900s. He notes that getting married and having a family encouraged him to diversify his economic interests and invest in a stucco plant. Smith recalls the changes he has witnessed in Montana from the early to mid-1900s including how once open land has been replaced by fenced-off wheat-farms.


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Document Type

Oral History


Armitage, Montana; Lumber mills; Sawyers, Montana; Fire-fighting; French-Canadian labor; Scandinavian labor; Fort Benton, Montana; Smith, Glen A. – Interviews; Kalispell (Mont.) – History; Columbia Falls (Mont.) – History; Lumbering -- Montana – History; Lumbermen -- Montana – Interviews; Lumbermen -- Wounds and injuries -- Montana – History; Immigrants -- Montana – History; O'Neil Lumber Company -- Employees – Interviews; O'Neil Lumber Company – History; Sawmills -- Montana -- Kalispell – History; Sawmills -- Montana -- Columbia Falls -- History

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Glen A. Smith Reminiscences Oral History Project, OH 006, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 006-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:06:39 minutes

Local Filename

OH_006_002.mp3; OH_006_002.pdf

Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 2, circa 1950s