James C. Ayers Interview

Interviewee

James C. Ayers

Interviewer

Kim Taylor

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Description

James C. Ayers discusses his career as a smokejumper, which started in the 1940s and lasted until 1972. He describes his training at the Nine Mile Ranger Station in Montana, as well as what it was like to fight a fire, from jumping in to after-fire procedures. Ayers talks about his fellow smokejumpers, many of whom were former servicemen, and their off-duty activities, such as going to dances in Missoula. Ayers discusses the impact smokejumping had on the rest of his life, including a focus on physical fitness and how the beauty of the scenery inspired him to pursue art.

Type

Oral History

Subjects

Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Nine Mile Ranger Station; Missoula, Montana; University of Montana; Stewart Peak; Bob Marshall Wilderness

Original Date

6-18-1984

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

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

Rights

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

Oral History Number

OH 133-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (72 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (19 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:16:46 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_002.mp3; OH_133_002.pdf

James C. Ayers Interview
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