Leita Anderson Interview, May 2, 2003


Leita Anderson


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Leita Anderson talks about learning to cook from her mother and grandmother, and how she later became a U.S. Forest Service cook, where she was still employed at the time of the interview. She describes starting as an assistant in 1959 until 1975 when she became head cook. Anderson recalls some of her challenging work experiences, such as serving food for upwards of 500 men during the fires of 1988. She talks about daily responsibilities, difficulties of the job like ordering the right amount of food and providing for different tastes and diets, and the joys of the job including working with a strong team of friends and family.


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Document Type

Oral History


Cooking, Montana; Cooks, Montana; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Forest Service cooks; Works Progress Administration [WPA]; Condon, Montana; U.S. Forest Service

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 422-105, 106

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (24 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:31:53 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_105_106.mp3; OH_422_105_106.pdf

Leita Anderson Interview, May 2, 2003