Vern Guyer and Joanne Guyer Interview, December 7, 2001


Vern Guyer
Joanne Guyer


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Vern Guyer and Joanne Guyer discuss life in Swan Valley, Montana. Vern talks about working for the U.S. Forest Service as soon as he finished high school in Fargo, North Dakota. He recalls enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1946 and attending the University of Montana in Missoula from 1949 to 1952 on the GI bill. Vern describes working for the U.S. Forest Service around Swan Valley during that time and for many years following. He details the development of the area, including the construction of roads and the implementation of telephone infrastructure, noting specifically the effect of development on the fish population. He talks about his friendship with local figure John Stark and their mutual interest in making furniture.


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Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; U.S. Army; GI bill; U.S. Forest Service; Road construction; Telephone infrastructure; John Stark, Montana; University of Montana-Missoula

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 422-077, 078

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (20 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:20:17 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_077_078.mp3; OH_422_077_078.pdf

Vern Guyer and Joanne Guyer Interview, December 7, 2001