Job with Room and Board

Job with Room and Board


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In 1907 at the age of eighteen, John B. Taylor took a summer job with the US Forest Service-mapping the wilderness and cruising the timber in the as-yet-unroaded Swan Valley in Montana. The job came with room and board over a million acres of room and plenty of grouse to supplement the salted pork and hard crackers they brought with them. During the school year in his hometown of Missoula, he studied classics at the university, but after witnessing the brutal exploitation of timber along the Blackfoot River, he decided that live trees beat dead languages. He headed to the University of Michigan School of Forestry and obtained degrees in botany and forestry. After a stint in the US Army in World War I, he worked his way up through the Forest Service ranks, serving as ranger, range examiner, timberman, forest supervisor, and assistant regional forester in charge of personnel. His colorful stories portray life during the early days of the Forest Service, when travel was by horse and rangers carried guns. His day-to-day jobs included fighting fires, rounding up wild horses, disposing of moonshine stills on national forest land near Butte during Prohibition, and hiring down-and-out men for the CCC during the Depression. Taylor recorded his memories in the late 1960s, and family friend and author John C. Frohlicher transcribed the tapes and edited the manuscript. Says Frohlicher, "Too many men who spent their lives taming the wilderness are remembered only by a name on a little western creek." Through these stories, John B. Taylor, 1889 1975, will be remembered for much, much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878426393
Publisher: Mountain Press
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John B. Taylor was born on a farm in Nebraska in 1889, and his family moved to Missoula, Montana, in 1904. John Taylor was a trained conservationist, who was a part of the US Forest Service from 1907 until his retirement in 1950. He had a bachelor s degree in liberal arts and a master s degree in botany and forestry. He and his wife Catherine Hauck raised three children, Elsie, Dora, and Ellen. He died in Missoula in 1975 at the age of 84

Table of Contents

Foreword John N. Maclean vii

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Blazing a Trail 1

Rolling the Wilderness into a Map 15

How Do You Name a Creek? 23

Wild Animals We Meet 29

The Mountain Lion Screams 35

"No Cut Trees" 39

We Had Our Fun 45

East Meets West-and Welds 51

Range Wars-Regulation Comes 63

Wild Horse Roundup 73

Elk Had Problems Too 77

Castor the Conservationist 83

Women of Courage 91

Behind the Fire Lines 97

Soldiers in a Peacetime War 105

Moving the Moonshiners 113

70,000 Mining Claims 117

Mapping Gets off the Ground 123

CCC-Best of the Alphabet Agencies 127

Leavening the Ozarks 137

Wood, Woodsmen, and War 143

Home to Our Mountains 149

To Logan Pass 155

Index 171

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