Al Wise Interview, May 26, 1999

Title

Al Wise Interview, May 26, 1999

Interviewee

Al Wise

Interviewer

Suzanne M. Vernon

Files

Download Transcript of Al Wise Interview (1.7 MB)

Description

Al Wise shares a number of colorful anecdotes about his life from living in Illinois until he was married, then moving to the Swan Valley in Montana in 1932 for employment. He recalls homesteading there with his family and making ends meet by working as a logger, sawmill operator and U.S. Forest Service fire lookout. Wise describes how each of these jobs were performed in the Northwest during the mid-20th century. He discusses helping to establish a church in the Swan Valley and his involvement within the homesteading community. Wise also talks about navigating the Swan Valley terrain before roads and other transportation networks were established.

Type

Oral History

Subjects

Swan Valley, Montana; Homesteading, Montana; Logging, Montana; Sawmills, Montana; U.S. Forest Service; Forest fires; Fire lookout; Churches, Montana; Roads; Transportation

Original Date

5-26-1999

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

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

Rights

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 422-022, 023

Media Type

Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_422_022_023.pdf

Al Wise Interview, May 26, 1999

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