Eugene Polette and Marian Polette Interview, August 8, 1977


Jane Reed Benson



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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 visitors that came to the Depot Station. He also discusses the film Red Skies of Montana, which was partially shot at the Depot Station and nearby areas, and the changes in firefighting he witnessed after the introduction of airplanes and smokejumpers. Marian Polette describes her day-to-day duties as a secretary at the Depot Station, as well as her experiences working as an assistant to the Depot Station chef.


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Document Type

Oral History


Red Skies of Montana; Winter Range; Firefighting equipment; Smokejumping; Ninemile Remount Depot (Mont.)

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Ninemile Remount Depot Oral History Project, OH 086, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 086-009

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (30 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:53:34 minutes

Local Filename

OH_086_009.mp3; OH_086_009.pdf

Eugene Polette and Marian Polette Interview, August 8, 1977