Early Days in the Forest Service
Volume 4



Cover Photo: St. Mary's Lookout, Bitterroot National Forest, From Photo by Charles H. McDonald

Cover design by Robert Neaves; Pen and Ink drawings of lookout towers by Thomas Reul

Preface by Steve Yurich


Stories By:

The Lookout by W.K. "Bill" Samsel

The Ranger in Charge by W.K. "Bill"

Thompson Falls, Montana by I.V. Anderson

Top Ranger, Diplomat, Judge, Jury and Advocate by I.V. Anderson

Chief Paul Charlo -- 4 Elk and 12 Deer by I.V. Anderson

"Never Become Beholden" by I.V. Anderson

A Smokechaser on Pot Mountain by Robert G. Elliott

The Decker Saddle by Clyde P. Fickes

Early Panhandle And Kootenai Years by Charles B. Hand

Backfire (Martin Creek And Peter King Fires) by L.A. Williams

Old Pioneer Rangers' Wives by Leon L. Lake

Lightening On Mount Emerine by Leon L. Lake

True, Mischievous, and Destructive Facts by Leon L. Lake

The Pinkham Creek Closure -- 1924 by Sam Billings

Timber Cruising on the Kaniksu by Sam Billings

Anecdotes and Fireline Philosophies by Ralph L. Hand

The Roundtop Telephone (Swan Song of a Dispatcher)

Selway Forest Fires of 1934 by C.B. Sutliff

Kootenai Forest Incidents -- 1940 by Ernie Richards

Civilian Conservation Corps In Operation by Carl A. Weholt

Letters to Folks Back Home -- 1929 by Wm. F. Guntermann

The CCC's As R-1 Forest Fire Fighters by Bert W. Morris

They Pioneered The Bitterroots by Carl A. Weholt As recounted by Lloyd Rupe

Tree Planting Projects On The St. Joe by Lloyd Donally

First Year In The Forest Service by Carl G. Krueger

The "Battle" On Bass Creek by Charles H. McDonald

Fire Crews Firefighting in 1941 by Berle E. Davis

The Modern Bulldozer, A Forest Service Project by Howard R. Jones

Indian Creek Ranger Station by Ralph L. Thayer

Early Snow in the Bitterroots by Ray S. Ferguson

The Grave on Pollack Hill by Lou Hartig

Other St. Joe National Forest History by Lloyd Donally Submitted by Ray L. Hilding

The Forest Service Heliograph by E. Clayton McCarty

A Cargo Plane Crashes by Jack Nash

Memories Of George Haynes and Honeysuckle Ranger Station by John F. Breakey

Evolution of the National Grasslands by Bernie Alt and Glenn Mueller

Mules of the Remount -- A Legend Is Born by Peyton Moncure

From the View Point of a Lookout (Poem) by Bernice Williamson

Early-Day Ranger in the Priest Lake Country by Henry A. Peterson

Index (omitted from the online edition)


1. Spotted Bear Lookout, Flathead National Forest, From 1923 Photo

2. St. Mary's Lookout, Bitterroot National Forest, From Photo by Charles H. McDonald

3. Nub Lookout, Clearwater National Forest, From 1924 Photo

4. Decker Pack Saddle, 1920, design/specifications drawing

5. Middle Sisters Mountain Lookout, St. Joe National Forest From 1950 Photo by W.B. Apgar

6. Chewelash Mountain Lookout Tower, Colville National Forest From 1950 Photo by W.E. Steverwald

7. Sheep Mountain Lookout, Clearwater National Forest From 1924 Photo

8. Blue Mountain Lookout, From 1958 Photo by J.E. Sanderson

9. Junction Mountain Lookout, Clearwater National Forest, From 1924 Photo

10. Map along Idaho-Montana line, Kelly Creek Ranger Station, Trojanowski's Grave, Clearwater River, North Fork Creek

11. Swan Hill or Mission Lookout, Flathead National Forest From 1923 Photo

12. Lookout Tree on Horse Butte Point, Gallatin National Forest From 1963 Photo by W.E. Steverwald

Pen and Ink drawings of lookout towers by Thomas Reul


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