Suzanne M. Vernon
Bob Van Gieson and Helen Van Gieson describe their life together in Swan Valley, Montana, where they moved after marrying in 1944 on a New Mexico Air Force base. Bob discusses how he served in World War Two, then went on to pursue a career in forestry and was appointed the district ranger of Condon, Montana, in 1955. He recalls the details of his work with the U.S. Forest Service, such as building roads, logging, maintaining fire lookouts, and performing search and rescue operations. Bob reminisces about how this work connected him to a variety of interesting people in Swan Valley. He tells numerous stories about prominent residents of the area, such as the Stroms and Shorty Koessler. Bob and Helen both offer insight into the operations of the Forest Service in Swan Valley, from its general role to its day-to-day workings.
Swan Valley, Montana; Condon, Montana; Forest rangers, Montana; U.S. Forest Service; World War, 1939-1945; Strom family, Montana; Shorty Koessler, Montana; Fire lookouts; Road building; Logging, Montana
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 422-197, 198
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (31 p.: 28 cm.)
Van Gieson, Bob and Van Gieson, Helen, "Bob Van Gieson and Helen Van Gieson Interview, June 11, 2007" (2007). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 46.