Suzanne M. Vernon
Oliver "Ollie" Hill describes growing up on a homestead near Condon, Montana. He talks about his father, a Finnish immigrant who came to America to escape what Hill describes as serfdom in Finland at that time. Hill notes that, in addition to homesteading, his father worked in the Bonner Mill, trapped, and worked as a ranger for the U.S. Forest Service. Hill shares a number of childhood experience, including watching forest fires, particularly the Lion Creek fire of 1929, hunting and trapping, and celebrating the Fourth of July with other homesteader families. He also recalls how members of the Salish tribe would camp on his family’s property a couple weeks out of the year.
Condon, Montana; Swan Valley, Montana; Immigration, Montana; Bonner Mill, Montana; U.S. Forest Service; Rangers; Forest fires, Montana; Lion Creek Fire, 1929; Salish tribe, Montana; Homesteading, Montana
Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Oral History Number
OH 422-028, 029
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)
Hill, Oliver, "Oliver "Ollie" Hill Interview, June 19, 1999" (1999). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 8.