Bob Reed and Peggy Reed Interview, November 7, 2001


Bob Reed
Peggy Reed


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Bob Reed and Peggy Reed talk about the time they have spent in Swan Valley, Montana. Each tell how their parents homesteaded and worked odd jobs in and around the Swan Valley area. Bob recalls his time serving in the Navy during World War Two. He reminisces about meeting Peggy in Polson, Montana, after returning from the service, and later marrying her in 1950. Bob describes working as an engineer for Ford Aerospace, which required the family to move around the United States many times. Bob and Peggy note they returned every summer to a cabin that Peggy’s father, Charlie Reynolds, built in Swan Valley in 1945. They tell how they eventually took possession of the cabin and lived in it year round following Bob’s retirement in the 1970s. They mention fishing and how the flood of 1964 permanently altered fish habitats along Swan River. Bob cites specific concerns with the U.S. Forest Service’s management of the area.


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Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Homesteading, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Ford Aerospace; Charlie Reynolds; U.S. Navy; Polson, Montana; Fishing; U.S. Forest Service; 1964 flood, Swan Valley, 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 422-069, 070

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (25 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:19:43 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_069_070.mp3; OH_422_069_070.pdf

Bob Reed and Peggy Reed Interview, November 7, 2001