Suzanne M. Vernon
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.
Logging, Montana; Homesteading, Montana; Sawmills, Montana; Swan Valley, Montana; Log cabins; Logging access
Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 422-006, 007
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)
Kauffman, Reuben and Kauffman, Sadie, "Reuben Kauffman and Sadie Kauffman Interview, January 15, 1999" (1999). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 48.