Suzanne M. Vernon
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.
Swan Valley, Montana; U.S. Army; GI bill; U.S. Forest Service; Road construction; Telephone infrastructure; John Stark, Montana; University of Montana-Missoula
Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Oral History Number
OH 422-077, 078
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (20 p.: 28 cm.)
Guyer, Vern and Guyer, Joanne, "Vern Guyer and Joanne Guyer Interview, December 7, 2001" (2001). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 30.