Glen A. Smith describes the Prior Mountain range and the unique situation that stockmen faced raising herds in a land with little water. He reports on the early years of his marriage to Chrissy C. Rowe, and the birth of their three children. Smith describes the first completed road between Libby and Troy that ran along the banks of the Kootenai River, noting that such developments reflected the transition to “living in a civilized country.” He recalls his job working for the Kootenai National Forest which he notes was more challenging professionally than his jobs at either Beartooth or Custer National Forest due to the Forest Homestead Act of June 11, 1906, which initiated efforts to identify agricultural land within the national forest bounds and clear it for use. Smith recalls tensions between the community and the federal government in regards to timber rights policy decisions along the banks of Kootenai River.
Timber industry, Montana; United States Forest Service; Ashland, Montana; Cheyenne Reservation; Kootenai National Forest; Forest Homestead Act; Libby, Montana; Troy, Montana
Glen A. Smith Reminiscences Oral History Project, OH 006, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 reel-to-reel (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)
Smith, Glen A., "Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 6" (1950). Glen A. Smith Reminiscences Oral History Project. 6.