Clarence Stilwell and Mabel Stilwell Interview, February 5, 1999


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Clarence Stilwell recalls his career as a ranger in the U.S. Forest Service, working in Idaho and Montana in the mid-20th century. He discusses working in the Upper Swan Valley, where he met his wife, Mabel Stilwell. He describes lookouts in Idaho, and his work on ponderosa pine preservation on the Gordon Ranch in the Swan Valley in the 1940s. Stilwell talks about the many tree species of the Upper Swan Valley, and Forest Service logging projects he worked on.


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Document Type

Oral History


Kaniksu National Forest; Bitterroot National Forest; Pine Ridge Road; Condon, Montana; Seeley Lake, Montana; Cold Creek; Loon Lake; Mission Mountains; Wineglass Mill; U.S. Forest Service

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 422-014, 015

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:12:51 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_014_015.mp3; OH_422_014_015.pdf

Clarence Stilwell and Mabel Stilwell Interview, February 5, 1999