Kay Rosengren Interview, August 23, 2018


Kay Rosengren


Beth Hodder, Ann Fagre



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Kay Rosengren describes her experiences working with her husband Keith at Numa Ridge and Apgar lookouts in Glacier National Park. She tells how she and Keith came to Montana in part because he loved the outdoors. She talks about their friendship with the Park’s ranger Adolph Opalka and his wife Marian, who mentored the Rosengrens when they arrived at the Numa lookout. She reminisces about other rangers, lookouts and people she and her husband worked with during their time as lookouts. She also tells stories about their many wildlife encounters such as the porcupine she befriended, the deer who would come and knock on the stairs to be fed, and the pack rats who nested in the floor, as well as an aggressive black bear who chased her husband. Rosengren describes working as a dispatcher out of ranger stations in the Park and relaying messages about many things, including several grizzly bear attacks and getting tobacco dropped to smokejumpers.


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Document Type

Oral History


U.S. Forest Service; Numa Ridge Lookout; Apgar Lookout; Fire lookout; Fire fighting, Montana; Forest fires; Wildlife; U.S. Forest Service rangers; Adolph Opalka; Hornet Lookout; Cyclone Lookout; Glacier National Park; Loneman Lookout; Huckleberry Lookout; Flathead National Forest; Bear attacks

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Northwest Montana Lookout Association Oral History Project, OH 453, 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 453-007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (01:25:12 min.): digital, + 1 transcript (21pp.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:25:12 minutes

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OH_453_007.mp3; OH_453_007.mp3

Kay Rosengren Interview, August 23, 2018