Gloria Busch Interview, February 9, 2006


Gloria Busch


Suzanne M. Vernon



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Rustics, Montana business; Hungry Bear, Montana business; Retirees, Montana; Swan Valley economics

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 422-123, 124

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (30 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:58:35 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_123_124.mp3; OH_422_123_124.pdf

Gloria Busch Interview, February 9, 2006