Mike Holmes and Sue Holmes Interview, August 27, 2009


Mike Holmes
Sue Holmes


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Mike Holmes discusses growing up in Montana, and later, working for Shorty Koessler who owned the Intermountain Lumber Company. Mike and Sue discuss getting married in 1964 after finishing high school in Polson, Montana, then moving up to the Gordon Ranch near Ovando, Montana, where Mike worked as a forester. Sue talks about going to nursing school and her job working in the O.R. at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, Montana. The Holmes recall farming for hay and their involvement in the Ovando community where they participated in trail rides and snowmobile excursions. They also describes the decline of the commercial timber industry in the 1980s. Mike and Sue conclude by discussing their restaurant, the Hungry Bear Steak House.

The few minutes of this interview contain personal identification information. This portion of the interview has been restricted from the audio and the transcript.


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Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Shorty Koessler; Intermountain Lumber Company; Polson, Montana; Gordon Ranch; Ranchers, Montana; Foresters; Logging; Smokejumping; U.S. Forest Service; Ovando, Montana; St. Patrick’s Hospital, Missoula, Montana; Nurses, Montana; Hungry Bear Steak House; Restaurants, Montana; Restaurant management

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 422-207

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:58:26 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_207.mp3; OH_422_207.pdf

Mike Holmes and Sue Holmes Interview, August 27, 2009