This collection includes thirteen interviews detailing the history of the Ninemile Remount Depot north of Missoula, Montana. The interviews were conducted in 1977 by Jane Reed Benson as a project for the U.S. Forest Service, which later became her 1978 thesis The U.S. Forest Service Remount Depot and winter Range: Oral and Written History Prepared for a Government Agency. 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. The original interviews are held as Oral History Collection OH 086 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, the University of Montana.
This collection includes 13 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
Donald "Don" 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 J. Viche and Bernice Viche
Henry "Hank" 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 ... 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
Johnny Breazeal discusses his experiences working as a fire control officer and with the smokejumpers who were located near the Nine Mile Remount Depot north of Missoula, Montana. He describes the use of pack mules in fires, detailing the coordination required to make sure all ... Read More
Marion Duncan and Beulah Duncan
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
McCoy Rice and Imogene Rice
McCoy “Coy” Rice discusses his experiences working as a packer and blacksmith at the Nine Mile Remount Depot from 1943 to 1953. He describes working on the film Red Skies over Montana, breaking mules, horse breeding, loading packs, and problems he faced with predators and ... Read More
Walter Peery and Mabel Peery
Walter “Walt” Peery discusses working as a horse and mule trainer at the Nine Mile Remount Depot north of Missoula, Montana during the 1930s. He describes livestock breeding, the traits of different breeds of horses, training practices, and handling mule stock in general.
W. C. Evans and Frieda Evans
W. C. “Cap” Evans discusses the founding and history of the Nine Mile Remount Depot north of Missoula, Montana, spanning from its inception in 1930 to its closure in the 1960s. He describes how the Depot became the showplace of the Northwest for the U.S. ... Read More
William Longpre and Lena Marceau Longpre
William Longpre discusses the history of the Ninemile Remount Depot, including the land the Depot was built on, the Depot itself, and people such as Locke M. (L. M.) Stewart, Ed MacKay, Evan W. “Major” Kelley, W. C. Evans, Hank Viche, Jesse “Jake” Williams, Hugh ... 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