Henry Meyer and Joan Meyer Interview, June 18, 2003


Henry Meyer
Joan Meyer


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Henry Meyer and Joan Meyer describe meeting while they were both in high school in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. They tell how they married soon after in 1951, and headed west, where they settled in Swan Valley, Montana. They discuss their life in the area, specifically recent developments in the area, such as the highway and Plum Creek Corporation, that they feel threaten the Swan Valley lifestyle. Henry details his work as a logger for Uno Strom and then his apprenticeship with local woodworker John Stark. Henry tells how he built log cabins in the area until his retirement. He discusses building techniques and shares his thoughts on how log cabins embody the virtues of life in the Swan Valley with an emphasis on the proximity to nature and sustainable living.

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Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Plum Creek Timber Company; Uno Strom; John Stark; Logging, Montana; Woodworkers; Log cabins, 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 422-107, 108

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (32 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:44:57 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_107_108.mp3; OH_422_107_108.pdf

Henry Meyer and Joan Meyer Interview, June 18, 2003