Gene Miller Interview, February 26, 2021

Interviewee

Gene Miller

Interviewer

Beth Hodder, Kjell Petersen

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Description

In this second interview, Gene Miller provides more information about growing up in the Swan Valley in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He describes the wildlife that lived in the area including bears and a young coyote who found Gene companionable. Miller tells more stories about his time as a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout, focusing on the wildlife there. He talks about visits from mountain goats and blue grouse, listening to elk bugling, and watching his dog chase pikas. Other wildlife incidents include finding evidence that a mule deer got its antlers caught in the ground wire for the lookout phone, feeding peanuts to Golden Mantled ground squirrels, picking huckleberries alongside a bear, and seeing wolf tracks. He also tells about a time when his dog refused to go home with a packer after Gene was helicoptered to the hospital with appendicitis.

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Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

Subjects: Pricilla Peak Lookout; Blue Mountain Lookout; Mormon Peak Lookout; Fishtrap cabin; Fire fighting, Montana; Wildlife; Animals; Coyotes; Bears; Mountain goats; Dogs; Elk; Wildlife encounters

Personal Names: Gene Miller

Corporate Names: U.S. Forest Service

Geographical Names: Montana; Lolo National Forest; Swan Valley

Occupations: Fire lookouts

Original Date

2-26-2021

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

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

Rights

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 453-013

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (01:16:35): digital + 1 transcript (19 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:16:35 minutes

Local Filename

OH_453_013.mp3; OH_453_013.pdf

Gene Miller Interview, February 26, 2021

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