This collection includes eight interviews detailing the history of the Nine Mile Remount Depot Station north of Missoula, Montana. The interviews were conducted in 1977 and 1981 by Jerry Coball, Tom Reese, and Jane Benson. The interviewees discuss the evolution of firefighting, horse breeding, mules and other livestock used in fighting forest fires, and day-to-day life at the Depot Station. The original interviews are held as Oral History Collection OH 086 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 8 interviews.
Alma Thompson discusses her husband, Boyd Thompson, and his work at the Nine Mile Remount Depot Station. She describes Boyd Thompson’s work with mules and horses at the Depot, where he was a supervisor or pack strings and an overseer of saddle horse breeding. Thompson ... Read More
Clyde Fickes discusses founding the Nine Mile Remount Depot Station, including the difficulties he faced getting the project accepted, fires in the area, and undependable hiring stock. He describes the Perma Ranch used for wintering stock, hiring Boyd Thompson as a saddle horse breeder, the ... Read More
Donald A. Harrington discusses his experiences working as a truck driver for the Nine Mile Remount Depot Station north of Missoula, Montana. He describes his experiences hauling mules and horses to forest fires in Montana, Oregon, and California during the 1940s and 1950s. He discusses ... Read More
Eugene Polette and Marian Polette
Eugene Polette and Marian Polette discuss their respective work as a truck driver and as a secretary at the Nine Mile Remount Depot Station north of Missoula, Montana. Eugene Polette describes driving livestock to northern California during the 1950s, haying for the Winter Range, and ... Read More
Henry Viche discusses his numerous roles as the superintendent of the Nine Mile Remount Depot Station and the Winter Range during the 1940s. He describes the difficulties that the Montana climate posed on tending horses and mules, the transportation of livestock, and the saddle shop. ... Read More
John Christensen discusses his experiences working as a packer for the United States Forest Service at the Nine Mile Remount Depot Station north of Missoula, Montana for two seasons in the early 1950s. He describes responding to fire calls, how mules were used around camp, ... Read More
Marion Duncan discusses his various occupations with the United States Forest Service, mainly as it pertained to the Nine Mile Remount Depot Station. He describes working in the warehouse where many supplies for firefighting were stored, the construction of the Nine Mile Remount Depot Station ... Read More
William B. Russell
William B. Russell discusses the various projects that he oversaw during his time working for the United States Forest Service at the Nine Mile Remount Depot Station during the 1930s. He describes his experiences supervising and directing Civilian Conservation Corps crews stationed at the Depot ... Read More