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.
Swan Valley, Montana; Condon, Montana; Logging, Montana; Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM]; U.S. Forest Service; Homesteaders, Montana; Firefighters, Montana
Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 422-001, 002
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (40 p.: 28 cm.)
Haasch, Harold and Haasch, Doris, "Harold Haasch and Doris Haasch Interview, January 14, 1999" (1999). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 1.