Colleen Kesterson and Wes Kesterson Interview, October 9, 2009


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Colleen Kesterson describes teaching school at Salmon Prairie School and Swan Lake. She and Wes discuss raising two Vietnamese foster children in addition to their biological daughter, Charlene. Wes recalls how his father came to Great Falls, Montana, when he was 12 and then served in the military during World War Two. Wes and Colleen tell how Wes’ mother and father logged together and how Wes would often help them when he was a child. Wes talks about raising chickens, pigs, and cows on his family farm, and then describes starting his own log home building business. The Kestersons discuss the changing nature of the logging industry and how environmental regulations have made it difficult for loggers to stay in business.

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 Lake, Montana; Swan Valley, Montana; Logging industry; Ranching; Forestry; Farming; Hunting; World War, 1939-1945; Great Falls, Montana; School teachers, Montana; Education, Montana; Foster children; Parenting

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 422-212, 213

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (31 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:31:30 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_212_213.mp3; OH_422_212_213.pdf

Colleen Kesterson and Wes Kesterson Interview, October 9, 2009