Ed Foss Interview, September 11, 1999


Ed Foss


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Ed Foss tells how he moved to the Swan Valley, Montana, after discovering the area during a packing trip through the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He recalls how, on the advice of one of his pack guides, he purchased 160 acres in 1965, which had originally been the Berger homestead. Foss discusses building of his home, the original garden space left by the Bergers, and starting to manage the land. He details wildlife in the area, including elk, mountain lions, and grizzly bears. Foss talks about the homesteader Joe Berger, murders that occurred in the valley in 1956, and hummingbird research that has been done on his property.

Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Bob Marshall Wilderness; Joe Berger; Homesteaders, Montana; Wildlife; Bird populations, 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 422-042, 043

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:49:37 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_042_043.mp3; OH_422_042_043.pdf

Ed Foss Interview, September 11, 1999