Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 6, circa 1950s


Glen A. Smith



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Timber industry, Montana; Ashland, Montana; Cheyenne Reservation; Forest Homestead Act; Libby, Montana; Troy, Montana; Smith, Glen A. – Interviews; Smith, Glen A. – Marriage; Forestry law and legislation -- United States – History; United States. Forest Service -- Officials and employees – Interviews; United States. Forest Service – History; United States. Forest Service -- Public opinion – History; Kootenai National Forest (Mont. and Idaho) – History; Kootenai National Forest (Mont. and Idaho) -- Employees – Interviews; Public lands -- West (U.S.) -- Management – History; Montana – History; Ranching -- Pryor Mountains (Mont. and Idaho) – History; Roads -- Kootenai River – History; Roads -- Montana – History; Rowe, Chrissy C.

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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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 006-006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:01:55 minutes

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OH_006_006.mp3; OH_006_006.pdf

Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 6, circa 1950s