Reuben Kauffman and Sadie Kauffman Interview, January 15, 1999


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Reuben Kauffman recalls moving from southern Idaho to the Swan Valley area where he worked in a sawmill during the 1940s. He talks about the other homestead families of the area and the lack of jobs at the time. Kauffman describes the layout of his old homestead and the petition he started to clear new roads into the homestead and other logging access areas in the Seeley-Swan Valley. He discusses the challenges of building his own home, raising a family, working to provide for them, and raising cattle in an area with many predators. Kauffman tells how his parents moved from the Midwest in 1911 to homestead in Montana.


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Document Type

Oral History


Logging, Montana; Homesteading, Montana; Sawmills, Montana; Swan Valley, Montana; Log cabins; Logging access

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 422-006, 007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:48:47 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_006_007.mp3; OH_422_006_007.pdf

Reuben Kauffman and Sadie Kauffman Interview, January 15, 1999