Harold Haasch and Doris Haasch Interview, January 14, 1999


Harold Haasch and Doris Haasch Interview, January 14, 1999


Suzanne M. Vernon


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Harold Haasch describes growing up on his family’s homestead in Montana during the early 20th century. He talks about hauling wood, gardening, milking the cow, and caring for livestock. Haasch discusses going to work for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company when he was 15 and receiving room and board instead of a paycheck. He recalls the trail system in the Swan Valley that the U.S. Forest Service built to help them fight fires every summer. Haasch talks about working for the sawmill, skidding logs with horses, and the corporate logging that took place in the Swan Valley. He discusses fighting forest fires during the summer and trapping in the winter in Montana and Idaho during the 1930s. Haasch also talks about haying and farming in the Swan Valley and how isolated it was at that time.

The audio for this interview is restricted. Only the transcript is available.

Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Condon, Montana; Logging, Montana; Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM]; U.S. Forest Service; Homesteaders, Montana; Firefighters, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, 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 422-001, 002

Media Type


Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (40 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format


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Harold Haasch and Doris Haasch Interview, January 14, 1999