Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 7, circa 1950s


Glen A. Smith



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Glen A. Smith recalls his role in planning road and lookout locations within the Kootenai National Forest. Smith emphasizes the Forest Service’s continued dependence on stock-use as the primary means of transport despite the new vehicle roads. He tells how land deemed agricultural was cleared with the intention of distribution amongst homesteaders, and many new transportation lines were designed to facilitate this timber removal. Smith reflects on the lack of enforcement within the National Forest, referencing game management, and whiskey running during Prohibition. He provides anecdotes about “old timers” and foresters with whom he worked along the Yaak River. Smith recalls the Native American camps west of Libby, Montana, during huckleberry harvest, and he reflects on his three years on the Libby School Board during which time he was a key figure in the design of a new public school that would accommodate a growing population.


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Document Type

Oral History


Kootenai National Forest; Forest Homestead Act; Homesteaders, Montana; Road building and maintenance; Yaak Watershed; Pack mules; Ranger; Fire of 1910; Libby School Board; Smith, Glen A. – Interviews; United States. Forest Service -- Officials and employees – Interviews; United States. Forest Service – History; Fire lookout stations -- Kootenai National Forest (Mont. and Idaho) -- Planning – History; Deforestation -- Kootenai National Forest (Mont. and Idaho) – History; Roads -- Kootenai National Forest (Mont. and Idaho) -- Design and construction – History; Lumber trade -- Montana – History; Libby (Mont.) – History; Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana – Libby; Forest firest -- Montana – History; United States. Forest Service -- Public opinion – History; Public lands -- West (U.S.) -- Management -- Public opinion -- History; Grazing districts -- West (U.S.) – History; Montana – History; Wildlife management -- Government policy -- Kootenai National Forest (Mont. and Idaho) – History

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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 006-007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (19 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:07:30 minutes

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OH_006_007.mp3; OH_006_007.pdf

Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 7, circa 1950s