Suzanne M. Vernon
Gloria Busch discusses the origin and development of Rustics, a business in Swan Valley that builds and sells log cabin homes and which she started in 1969 with her then husband, Jim Busch. She recalls how they moved from New York to Montana in 1967, hoping to retire, but needed to start the business to help to meet the costs of living. She describes the business’ rapid growth, reaching a peak of 35 employees in the mid-1970s. Busch talks about the importance of the business to the Swan Valley economy, noting that their main goal was to bring income into the otherwise economically distraught area. She also details some of her other business ventures in the area, including the Hungry Bear restaurant, and talks generally about life in the Swan Valley.
Swan Valley, Montana; Rustics, Montana business; Hungry Bear, Montana business; Retirees, Montana; Swan Valley economics
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 422-123, 124
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (30 p.: 28 cm.)
Busch, Gloria, "Gloria Busch Interview, February 9, 2006" (2006). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 40.