Alice Page Interview, November 5, 1987


Alice Page


Dan Hall



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Alice Page talks about her 30-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, and explains her duties within the Division of Fire Control as secretary for the division chief. Page reflects on the development of the smokejumpers program and the Forest Service’s safety record which boasted very few casualties until the 1964 Mann Gulch fires. She discusses the injury reporting process within the Division of Fire Control, and recalls the specific kinds of injuries she saw amongst the smokejumpers. Page also discusses World War Two, and how rationing affected the supply needs of the smokejumper program.

Document Type

Oral History


Mann Gulch, 1964; Moose Creek, 1959; Frank Derry; “Derry Slot”; Parachutes; Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC]; Civilian Public Service Program; World War, 1939-1945; Johnson’s Flying Service, Missoula, Montana; Earl Cooley; Missoula, Montana; Division of Fire Control

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, 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 133-122

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:42:13 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_122.mp3; OH_133_122.pdf

Alice Page Interview, November 5, 1987
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