Herb Styler and Leona Styler Interview, July 15, 1999


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Herb Styler discusses his childhood in Minnesota, where he was born in 1923 and lived until serving in World War Two. He recalls how after returning from the service, he met and married his wife, Leona, in Minnesota in 1947. Both Herb and Leona describe moving to Montana in 1952 when Herb signed on to work on the Hungry Horse Dam. They talk about moving to Kalispell, Montana, once the dam was complete, where Herb began working for the U.S. Forest Service. Herb notes that he was subsequently assigned to work in Swan Valley so the family relocated to that area. Herb discusses laying roads and trails in the area. Herb and Leona describe changes in the logging industry, the U.S. Forest Service, wildlife, and the general development of the area.


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Document Type

Oral History


World War, 1939-1945; Hungry Horse Dam, Montana; Kalispell, Montana; U.S. Forest Service; Swan Valley, Montana; Logging, Montana; Wildlife, Montana

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 422-030

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:37 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_030.mp3; OH_422_030.pdf

Herb Styler and Leona Styler Interview, July 15, 1999