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    (December 31st 2011)    
I was born in McCone City in September 1937. My dad worked in the tunnels for Chicago Bridge And Iron. The only time I found McCone City on a map was in an old school house at a museum at Circle Mt. I later worked as a Civil Engineer at Oahe Dam by Pierre SD (1960) and Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River in Washington State near Pasco WA. I met lots of former Ft Peck workers at both dam projects. Send me an E-Mail if you want to discuss the subject. Jim Furubotten,Pasco WA.

    (November 19th 2011)    
Trudy Roth Potts  email   
I have enjoyed reading all the posts. My Grandfather Neil Shaver was working on the dredge in the early 1930's. They lived at 813 Milk River Drive and my Mother Norene E. Shaver went to high school there. Thanks for all the info!

    (October 9th 2011)    
Richard Frampton  email   
My Dad, Jim Frampton, worked at Fort Peck from 1954 to 1962. My brother, Jim, and sister, Ginger, and I attended Fort Peck Elementary School for those years. What a wonderful place to live as a kid. My dog, Freckles, was the dog that jumped off the spillway structure and lived. The website is most enjoyable. I intend to make a trip back as soon as time permits. My mother, Betty, will celebrate her 87th birthday in two weeks at her home in Oklahoma. Go O.U. Richard Frampton

    (August 24th 2011)    
D. Redman  email   
My Dad, Robert Redman, worked on the dam. When he started, he couldn't find anywhere in the area to live, and ended up living in a sheep wagon on a nearby homestead for a while. Being the Depression, my parents even delayed their wedding a day when Dad was offered an extra shift. He worked on a crew whose foreman was Nels Nelson, one of the two men pictured in Margaret Bourke-White's iconic Life Magazine cover photo of Fort Peck.

    (August 9th 2011)    
Dennis Broadbrooks  email   
My great aunt Mabel Garrison Day and her husband Francis(Franny) Day had a homestead near the dam and were bought out by the Government to build the dam and form the lake. Thier place is now under water. My dad, Dan Broadbrooks would visit and swim in the Missouri River and remembers watching these men pounding stakes for surveying of the dam site. Franny had a job in Book Keeping during the building of the dam.

    (June 28th 2011)    
Jonathan Myer  email   
For Ina Archdale Archer:

Are you a descendant of James Archdale, whom I met on the Ft. Peck Reservation 60-odd years ago. He said he'd been a translator for negotiations between Indian - Assiniboine, I think - and government representatives in 1912, when he was 21 - which would put him in his 70s when we met, c. 1960.
I was then a USAF Lieutenant, an F-101B pilot with the 13th Fighter Interceptor Squadron flying out of then-Glasgow Air Force Base, about 18 miles north of Glasgow town.
I cannot get through the webmaster's - expletives-deleted - contact link for your E-mail, so here's mine:


Jonathan Myer
Colonel, USAF, Ret.

    (June 27th 2011)    
A fantastic and comprehensive history of an impressive civil engineering project. Throughly enjoyed exploring all the materials you have collected. Thanks.

    (June 11th 2011)    
Ina Archdale Archer  email   
What interesting time I have had reading all the posts to the guestbook. I was born in Glasgow 1943, I do not know for sure when we moved to Fort Peck. Our first house we lived in was on the corner of the 900 block. I attended school from the 1st through the 8th grade. (1949-1957) I too remember the Christmas pageants with Mrs. Murphy, what a wonderful teacher. I also had Mrs. Epperson as a teacher. Who could forget about the Fort Peck Theater. Our growing up in Fort Peck was trouble free. We use to run and play games from one end of the town to the other. Yes I remember running the pipes when we went to the swimming pool. What a trip down memory lane reading this guestbook. Hello to any who remember me. Ina

    (June 8th 2011)    
Rick Abbott  email   
My wife and I visited the dam yesterday - All 16 floodgates are open (only the 2nd time in history that ALL 16 gates are open). What a sight to walk above the gates and look down! Ft. Peck Lake is full and looks wonderful! The powerhouses are operating at full capacity, trying to keep the lake at a safe level.

    (May 25th 2011)    
Charles Epperson  email   
My dad Roy Epperson transferred from Bonniville Dam on the Columbia River as a senior powerhouse operator in 1943 along with Jim Martin and Cary Weintz. I grew up with Tom and Jimmy Martin. Their mother Ruby Martin and my mother Clara Epperson were best friends. Clara passed away April 26 of this year. She taught school in Fort Peck. My dad was an oiler on the dredge Jefferson during the building of the dam in the 1930's. I and my brother Ken attended school at Fort Peck though the 4th and 8th grades respectively. We moved to Oregon in 1953. The swimming pool, winter skating rink, school Christmas plays and adventures in the coulees with my BB gun are some of my fond memories. Walked to school in 30 below zero weather. Charles Epperson

    (May 18th 2011)    
Bob Sullivan  email   
Hi. I'm the managing editor of LIFE Books and we're currently putting together a LIFE 75th anniversary book. As has been mentioned here, Fort Peck 1936 was the initial cover story—a photo essay by Margaret Bourke-White. We would love to hear any reminiscences about the towns surrounding Fort Peck from that particular year, and especially if anyone at all remembers LIFE coming to town to do the story, or even better: might have been in the pictures. Thanks for your help, and congratulations Mr. Sigmundstad on your fine site.

    (May 18th 2011)    
Tommy Martin  email   
My brother, Jim and I grew up in Ft Peck our Dad worked in the power house and our Mom { Ruby Martin) was the town nurse from 1942-1952 Be glad to hear from any one of that era thm7966@aol.com

    (April 30th 2011)    
Dennis  email   
My father and grandfather worked on the dam. My grandfather layer rip rap on the dam and my father was a cooks helped. My grandfather was Ed Tichenor and my father is Ivan Tichenor. There was a celebration at the spillway in the late 50s and they bowled down the spillway. I was there with my grandfather Ed. What a day. Will never forget it. Was anyone there that can remember? Lots of good times at the peck. Dennis Tichenor

    (April 17th 2011)    
k9c9f  email   
My Grandfather was one of the early workers on the dam project. He used to tell me stories of the teams used and of the slide.

    (November 24th 2010)    
Shirley Capper Skov  email   
Lived in barracks converted to apts. 1936-1939...Dad was a welder...winters were something else, but summers were worse....still have a lot of memories of fun times however...picnics & dinosaur fossils dredged up and displayed in the theatre lobby...

    (October 24th 2010)    
Ron Grotjan  email   
My dad, Lawrence L Grotjan, worked there as a civil engineer in 1935 and '36,and possibly longer. My mom, Mildred A Grotjan, took the train out from New York in Aug, '35 and they were married in Fort Peck. They lived in a 16' square shack with a coal stove and had to break ice in the bucket indoors during the winter. They remembered good friends there, but were glad to move on when they could. I believe my dad\'s yearly income for 1935 was $1700.

    (October 20th 2010)    
Bill Allbright  email   
My Father, Joe Allbright, was working for Macinich Aerial Photography at the time of the slide and told of photographing the slide from the air. Anyone have any knowledge of this?
Bill Allbright

    (September 18th 2010)    
judy shockley scott  email   
hi my name is judy shockley we lived in fort peck 1955 to 1961 my father john shockley was the manager of the montana fish and game farm...i was writing my life history and was remebering our days in fort peck...my sisters were jeanne janet jill and joan...vicky novak was your sisters name pat novak ,,,we use to play up at you house on the hill...pearl bushman do you have a sister named vicki use to play at your house also,,,those days of play days ...christmas play...ice skating bring back so many fun memories...if anybody uses facebook contact me and i would love to share memories

    (July 8th 2010)    
Karen Jensen  email   
I saw the notice from Jerry Davis concerning a reunion. That date has passed, but I would like to hear from you. I don't know how to contact you. Karen Jensen

    (July 2nd 2010)    
Bob Paulson  email   
My great uncle Dolphie Paulson was one of the victims of the mudslide My Grandfather told me that on the day of the slide his brother appeared to him in a dream and told him "Carl this is the last" If you are a relative of Dolphie or know of a relative of Dolphie I would like to hear from you.

    (June 27th 2010)    
Jerry Davis  email   
I see a note from Karen Jensen. We are having a Ft Peck all class reunion July 2nd and 3rd and some of my class mates and myself would like to know how to contact Karen Jensen who left a message on this site in November 2009. She was in our class that graduated 8th grade in Ft Peck in 1966.

    (June 17th 2010)    
Audrie Livingston Bethke  email   
I forgot to mention in my last signing that I love your web-site and the photos. I would love someday to visit where I spent my first 2 years. My dad worked there from 1943 to 1951. Mel Livingston. I believe he was an electrician, an occupation his last born son has chosen. Terrific web site!

    (June 17th 2010)    
Audrie Livingston Bethke  email   
Hello. My dad, Mel Livingston, worked on the dam and 3 of his 6 kids were born in Glasgow. I wonder if any of the people who have signed this guestbook knew him or of him. Mel and Duane Anne Livingston (her dad was determined to have a boy and when he didn't get one he gave her a boy's name anyway)lived there from the late 30's until they left in 1951. I,Audrie was born in Glasgow in 1950. My sibs, Jim, Kathleen, Craig and David were there too. The last child, Michael was born in Pickstown in 1954. When my family left it was to go work on the Ft. Randall dam in SD. I don't know what his job status was in MT but in SD he was the plant supervisor. Did any of you go there to work when Ft. Peck was finished? contact me at oddrie@cox.net if you did. I am very curious about this part of my history.

    (May 31st 2010)    
Vicki Nowak  email   
Hi I lived in Fort Peck from 1959 until fall of 1961. My father was the area engineer with the Corp of Engineers. I remember living in a large rock house at the top of a hill. It was a row of 12 houses. I attended high school in Glasgow. My two sisters attended school in Fort Peck. It was a great time! Anyone remember my dad? He was LT. Col. George Nowak?

    (May 11th 2010)    
Kbucher  email   
My great grandpa oliver bucher was one of the 6 whose bodies were never found. i am headed towards montana in the next few weeks if you have any information on oliver bucher that would be great if you could email me.

    (April 29th 2010)    
james kend  email   
<b> I R BOLDZ </b>

    (April 6th 2010)    
Lois Lonnquist  email   
Dennis - I was unable to reach you at the address in your e-mail box. I wrote a book (a history) - Fifty Cents an Hour: The Builders and Boomtowns of the Fort Peck Dam - www.FortPeckBoomtowns.com - your father\'s name is mentioned on my memorial page.

    (March 27th 2010)    
Dennis Durfee  email   
My paternal grandfather, Ferdy Hickel, was killed working on the dam in 1936. He was hit in the head by a cement bucket and died a few days later in Glasgow. Ironically I lived at the air base from '58-'61 and attended GHS as a dependent of my step-father, SSgt Willis Durfee. I did not learn about my grandfather until much later in life, as my mother was rather bitter about the Hickels. Ft. Peck is where we went during summer weekends to play and drink beer. It was a fun place to be a teenager, but I am an Oregonian, now, and don't want to leave paradise. But in my heart there still lives a little bit of a Glasgow Scottie.

    (March 25th 2010)    
Nina Weldele Jackman  email   
When my dad built a house in Park Grove & started work on the Dam, there was no school. He went to the authorities in Glasgow & arranged to move a building in & prepare it for classes. We lived there & at Midway & "up on the hill" for 4 years. Wish I had contact with friends from there. I have some good photos from the Dam area.

    (February 21st 2010)    
Sam McCormick  email   
my father Mickey his brothers Larry and Marvin all worked on the dam. I was there in late 50s when my dad worked on the new powerhouse. no matter where I am living I consider Ft. Peck home. There was never a better place to raise a boy, we would be in the coulees at first light and wouldn't come home until dark and hunger forced us in for the night

    (January 17th 2010)    
george chambers  email   
sitting in a 65 mustang with my cowgirl, near Ft. Peck watching the sunrise change the colors of the "squaw skirts"What a moment in time, I am a native of AL but often long for the prarie and fishing Ft. Peck Lake.

    (January 10th 2010)    
R. Sanders  email   
I work in the nuclear industry, but still love witnessing how man changes his environment. Missed the opportunity to visit the dam when I lived and worked in Idaho Falls, Engineering lab, moved to California, and work at nuclear plant. Still want to visit the dam, tour it, if possible, in the near future, or as I tell interested folks...before I retire.

    (December 26th 2009)    
Pat Hoyer  email   
My dad worked on the dam in 1939. Told us many stories about it. They lived in a shack on the banks of the river.

    (December 15th 2009)    
dean abbott swindall  email   
want to get out there some day.live in Or.My mother Winifred was born there in Poplar in 1925,to Frank Abbott,and Marie (Dupree)Abbott

    (December 15th 2009)    
dean abbott swindall  email   
want to get out there some day.live in Or.My mother was born there in Poplar in 1925,to Frank Abbott,and Marie (Dupree)Abbott

    (November 14th 2009)    
Lawrence Mooneyham  email   
Fishing on the lake, fishing the river, bow hunting for elk at the Pines, my son skateboarding from our front door all the way down the hill..........great times, interrupted a little by my job at the Western Area Power Administration dispatch center in 1978/1979.

    (November 3rd 2009)    
Karen   email   
I was very suprised to find this site. I lived in Fort Peck from 1954 to1965. My parents were Allen and Rhea Jensen. There are so many memories! The school...the Christmas pagents where we were under the stage in the old theater. Sledding and ice skating behind the rec hall. Going to school with the same 17 kids from K thru 7th grade. I've always wondered how everyone turned out!

    (September 28th 2009)    
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    (September 9th 2009)    
Jim Poole  email   
I don,t recall the year, but my dad Lou Poole on his return to the Spokane area from the homestead in White Earth, ND ran out of funds. He stopped by the hiring office and was told that preference was given to residence of Montana. He informed them that he just became a resident. He was hired on the spot.

    (September 5th 2009)    
Mike Wightman  email   
I live in Missoula but am working in Iraq, I've applied for an operator job for the Corps and found your site while googling Ft Peck. Looks and feels alot like the Kansas town I grown up in.

    (September 1st 2009)    
Veronn Ecland  email   
This is a great website. My father Vernon Ecland worked on the dam between 1934 and 1936, and my mother Mildred Schroeder left North Dakota in 1934 or 1935 for Fort Peck. They met at Fort Peck and my brother Clarence was born in Glasgow in 1936. All three of them are gone now. I would like to know if anyway has any information about either of my parents.

    (August 28th 2009)    
James Adams  email   
For Buck Archambeault: I was one of the other ones born in the Fort Peck Hospital and we went to school together and lived next to each other in the 600 block.

    (May 13th 2009)    
Dan  email   
Very good sight! I hope it is okay that I have included a link to your site on the Valley County Montana GenWeb site, as a family history resource.

    (May 2nd 2009)    
Duane Reddig  email   
Just found this website. Fantastic! My Grandpa, Karl Reddig, bought the Jefferson Dredge in 1939 after completion of the dam. He bought it in a sealed bid for $251, floated it down the river to the Frazer area, dismantled it, hauled it up to his farm, and built a huge barn which still stands today. I was born in Glasgow and raised on that farm.

    (April 30th 2009)    
Janet Kreft  email   
My mother was Mary Smith from Glasgow. Her father was Dr.Alfred N. Smith and had the Smith Clinic at Ft. Peck. In 1938 my grandfather hired a young doctor from Chicago to assist him at the clinic. That man was Alfred J. Kreft who married the boss's daughter! My parents moved to Portland OR where I live today. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers my parents. They are both gone now.

    (April 20th 2009)    
James Hanson  email   
Melinda Tangen, who posted June 24, 2008, please contact me. The surname Tangen is an ancestral name in my family.
I sent you an email last June or July, but apparently you never recieved it.

    (April 13th 2009)    
Leona Van Stone Fryer  email   
My father was one of those killed in "the slide" of 1938. I found a picture from Life taken after the slide. Does anyone know the date of that Life magazine? My mother is still living and spoke at the Memorial Service when the monument was dedicated.

    (March 25th 2009)    

    (March 24th 2009)    
Linda  email   
Hello Karen,
You asked about Leonard LaJoie. My dad was Albert LaJoie, Leonard's younger brother. If your mother's name is Grace, and you have a half sister named Leona, then we are talking about the same Leonard LaJoie. If you'd like to get in touch, and we can share notes.
Linda J.

    (March 21st 2009)    
Ken Bailey  email   
I live about 140+/- miles from the dam. I have hunted antelope on the Flowing Wells road many times in years past. I fish up at Hell Crick from time to time and have hunted elk in the breaks many times, on both sides of the lake. Right now I\'m reading Ivan Doig\'s book, \"Bucking the Sun\" , a historical novel about the building of the dam. I recommend it highly as I do all of Doig\'s books.

    (February 26th 2009)    
Ken Ricker  email   
I first went to Ft Peck in 1976 while in the coast guard. myself and 3 others were there to establish some aids to navigation on the lake. We were caught in some wind on our 17' boat and had a pretty scary ride. I was amazed at the size of the lake and country bieng from New York City. I returned in 2004 with a camper and dog and was still taken aback by its breath taking views.

    (February 7th 2009)    
jerome st.charles  email   
weve been to Montana several times over the years and never stopped at Fort Peck.even tho weve passed it on route 2.
this year i plan on stopping there and hope fully we can spend a night camping there

    (January 27th 2009)    
Gene McColm  email   
I found this web site doing a Google search as I really did not know much about the Fort Peck Damn that my father alwasy spoke about. My father Arvid McColm just passed away this past week at the age of 89. He always spoke of Fort Peck Damn because he was one of the many tough men of that era that helped to build the damn. Hopefully some day I will be able to go and visit it myself to show my children. At one time in his life he told us the story of him helping to save several men from a sure to be death and disaster as he warned them of a platform collapse just seconds before it fell into to the deep waters of the Misouri River. They never recovered the machinery off that platform, but my Dad was happy that he played a part in helping save some lives that day. He credits our president at the time (FDR) for helping save our country during the time of the Great Depression as the Fort Peck Damn project provided him and many other hard working men at that time with a Job , a place live, and food to put on their plates.

    (January 13th 2009)    
Rashida  email   
Good afternoon! I was wondering if anyone could help me by giving me some arabic preyers so I can copy them out as I am making a torah for school! Please email me or reply on this Guestbook! Thank you! I love the website by the way!.
I am from Canada and , too, and now am writing in English, tell me whether I wrote the following sentence: "But those bananas which have been dehydrated commercially are beautifully crunchy and taste great."

Thanks :-). Rashida.

    (September 1st 2008)    
Donovan  email   
this is cool site.i grew up in fort peck and have alot of memories... i wish they would of left the building across from the threater..

    (August 20th 2008)    
Edward M Matthiesen & Carolgene Whitney wolf   email   
A question if you dont mind I would like to know if there is a list of employees that worked the dam when it was built my very dear friend father worked on the dam in the late 30's His name was Arthur Whitney. We were there on Aug. 13, 2008. The museum is awesome there was more there to see than what we had time to view we also did the tour of the power plants very good tour and the person that took us through the tour was so good and knew the answer to every question we ask.

    (August 17th 2008)    
Dave  email   
Your Federal Parks & Recreation Areas Annual Pass is no good here even though it is advertised on their web page. Actually, between the independent contractors running some of the best areas and the quirky rules in the rest, your pass is virtually useless.

    (August 5th 2008)    
Lola Rusbult  email   
Does anyone who lived, worked or had people who lived in the Fort Peck area during the 30's know any McCall's, Granvold's, or Rierson's who lived and worked there? Several from my family were there during that time, some lived in Park Grove and some in Wheeler. Everyone I know who worked there then is gone from this earth now so I have many unanswered questions. My family and I come up there to camp many times a year, it is so peaceful all the time. Lola Rusbult

    (July 6th 2008)    
H R Kloppenburg  email   
On the website with reference to Franklin Delano Roosevelt appears the following:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew much about what it was like to be popular. Had he ever experienced lingering doubts about his popularity as president, though, the solution would have been to hop on the train and visit Fort Peck Mont. in the 30's.

In fact, President Roosevelt did visit Fort Peck in 1934 on a train trip which included West Glacier, Havre, Fort Peck, and Devil's Lake ND.

His speech at Fort Peck is reproduced in the public papers of President Frank Delano Roosevelt for 1934.

H R Kloppenburg Saskatoon SK Canada

    (July 6th 2008)    
H R Kloppenburg   email   
On the website with reference to Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    (July 5th 2008)    
Pearl Bushman Schneider  email   
WOW!! I am so glad to see this. I was born and raised in Fort Peck, my dad was chief of Fire and Police until he retired. Hopefully more will see this and sign up. I will definitely pass it on to my brothers and sisters.

    (June 24th 2008)    
Melinda Tangen  email   
All my most wonderful memories as a child happened in Ft. Peck. Christmas caroling and Trick or Treating, the red popcorn machine in the old theatre and all the spaghetti westerns we watched under the watchful eyes of the Hollywood Stars hanging in the halls;
grade school with Mrs Parpart (the person I admired so much I became a teacher), dark tag and the garden raids under dark of night! We played so much capture the flag on the Hahn/Kuncheff lawn I am surprised any grass ever grew there! Liz Hahn's piano and chopsticks, the aroma of Joyce Dahls homemade bread, and Yvonne Becks' sauerkraut out in the sun by the clothsline. How did we survive swimming lessons in minus 10 degree water every year? The little Lutheran church where we went to Bible School and square dancers coming to the hall under the grocery store.
Sis Bondy made the best cinnamon rolls in town. I agree with what Terry Keys said in his post, when you finally get to come "home" for a visit, you just feel the excitement in your chest...I would like the guy who owns the school to let us dig up our time capsule we put under a window in 1973 or 74! I am sure there is important "stuff" in there! :-)

    (June 10th 2008)    
P.B.Lewis  email   
I have not yet seen Fort Peck Dam, but have just finished Ivan Doigs book "Bucking The Sun"..Which brought me to this site, and several others..Another piece of history that I was unfortunately unaware of..I happen to be 83, but firmly believe that it is NEVER too late to learn..

    (May 16th 2008)    
Denise Schlegel  email   
I grew up in Nashua and Glasgow, we would spend all summer long there. I wish my children could enjoy the wonderful place like I did.

    (May 4th 2008)    
Robert (Bob) Wright  email   
71 years ago today I was born in Glasgow. By mom & dad, Bessie & Wayne Wright, lived at Fort Peck. My Dad, Wayne, is now 93 years old. We all live in The Villages, Florida. Wayne worked at the dam from 1934 to 1938 and then trasfered to Portland Oregon. Would like to hear from anyone who was there during that time.

    (April 19th 2008)    
Jim Ramsbacher  email   
What a great site!! Love the pictures the best, but like to read the guestbook too. Grew up in both Fort Peck and Nashua, but loved my time at the lake the most.

    (March 24th 2008)    
Bob Ward  email   
While I was stationed at GAFB from July,64 to July, 66, I visited Ft Peck several times. In fact I met my future wife at the base, and her family taught me how to water ski on the lake. That was an EXPERIENCE! Ft Peck reminded me of visiting Lake Tahoe in the summers because of the many pine trees, and the delicious ice cream at the small store. We loved the fact that it was usually windy at Ft Peck because it was the only place where you wouldn't get eaten alive by the insects. I enjoyed the respite from the otherwise flatlands of Western Montana, and military life. Thanks for the memories.

    (February 5th 2008)    
Anna Pittman  email   
My father, Charles or Chuck Pittman, spent many years on the lake fishing. He told me many stories of his adventures. I have heard tell of a place that was named for him near the pines. Must be a place where he caught many of his walleye. Its called Pittman Point, appropriately. As evidenced at the Ft. Peck Marina Bar a few of his "small" fish are there in the pictures. Can anyone tell me where that is?

    (February 2nd 2008)    
RJ Wall  email   
Early 30's thru Early 50's ~~ Anyone have any information about C.A. & Helen ( Schultz ) Wall ( adoptive parents )


Eddie & Elousie Grace ( Labree ) Delaney ( bio parents )

    (January 30th 2008)    
morgan canon  email   
i lived in fort peck from 1974-1981. i attended grades k-5th there. my father worked as an electrician and my mom acted in plays during the summers at the fort peck theater. what an awesome place to be a kid! sneeking into the buffalo pastures looking for rattlesnakes, building forts in the coolies behing crabapple park, skating in the flooded field across from our house, fishing and fossil hunting down by the dredge cuts (who can forget their first paddle fish, or big northern pike), riding bikes across the dam and down to kiwanas park (never even thought about being kidnapped) and the year the whole school was let out to go watch the full solar eclipse. Yep i wouldnt trade it for the world. Richard reddick, chip (roger)smith, doug welch, john nagle, cathy carlson, robert stingley, great bunch of friends. drop me a line sometime and let me know how times have changed

    (January 21st 2008)    
F. Eugene Barber  email   
My uncle, Worth McCoy was an engieer at Ft. Peck in the early 1930s, he moved on and was placed in charge of moving Pickstown, SD. Then he was sent to Massena, NY to be in charge of the earth moving for the St. Law. Seaway locks. I use some of his experiences in my novels. I have written and published 10. I was a draftsman for 16 years, but not on dams.

    (January 10th 2008)    
Freddie Nel  email   
I saw a picture of Fort Peck-dam in a newspaper which showed the front page of Life Magazine 23 November 1936. Since I am interested in big construction projects I visited your site. I used to be a civil draughtsman myself drawing railway lines and marshalling yards. Thanks for a very interesting web site. Congratulations.

    (December 21st 2007)    
Peder N. Piering  email   
I am very proud to say that I recently welcomed my first son into my little family. We named him Oscar, after his late Great-Grandpa Oscar Nelson, who worked on Fort Peck Dam. "Grandpa Nelson" spent time there with his wife, my Grandma Mildred Nelson.

I was hoping to find some information that could help my son understand more about the life and times of his namesake. This website helped me do that. I am sure "Grandma Nelson" will enjoy it too.

Thank You.

    (December 1st 2007)    
Larry Thomas  email   
My dad RJ Thomas or they called him Tommy worked for the corp, I was in the 3rd grade and lived on Milk River Drive. Also Ruby and Al Gunnther were are good friends, I remimber May day, accross from the hotel..

    (November 24th 2007)    
Terrence R. Hoover  email   
Dick Snell
I haven´t checked this site since I first signed on, saw your entry and want to contact you. Will try the e-mail you indicated to Rafe. I reside in Recife, Brazil, and can be reached at terryrecife@uol.com.br. Best, Terry Hoover

    (November 12th 2007)    
Richard Snell  email   
rafe, please try this e-mail address vickisnell@msn.com. Thanks.

    (November 12th 2007)    
Rafe  email   
To Richard Snell: I tried to contact you with the address for Terrence Hoover, but your email address was invalid. Both the Yahoo and Hotmail addresses you posted with were both rejected as non-existant accounts. --rafe

    (November 12th 2007)    
Richard T. Snell  email   
WISH TO CONTACT BY EMAIL tERRENCE r. hOOVER .HE IS IN THE GUEST BOOK jULY 2002. wE GREW UP TOGETHER AT Fort Peck Dam Both born 1936 Fathers worked together at Fort Peck and then at Denver, Colo.

    (November 11th 2007)    
snell  email   
would like to cotact old friend from fort peck dam Terry and Grew up together in fort6 peck and in denver . Fathers" worked together. Richard T. Snell

    (November 11th 2007)    
snell  email   
Hi I was pleased to find the 1937 Fort Peck phone book. I was born in Glascow , 1936 . We lived at the Fort Peck Dam Project. I was able to find both my Dad's name and my Uncle Pete's name in the book. Thank you for keeping this valuable artifact. Dick Snell

    (October 17th 2007)    
Lois Lonnquist   email   
To V. Edwards: Thank you for your inquiry about my book \"Fifty Cents an Hour.\" There is a photo of the cover and information on my web site www.FortPeckBoomtowns.com.

    (October 17th 2007)    
V. Edwards  email   
To Lois Lonnquist: I would be interested in buying your book: "Fifty Cents an Hour" - as I was born in New Deal when my father worked on the dam. Can you post information on where it can be purchased?

    (August 20th 2007)    
Alice Jordan  email   
My father, Warren Erickson, worked on the building of the Ft Peck Dam. I would like to find his name on a list of workers or other information.

    (August 20th 2007)    
Billee  email   
Looking for information about a man "Russell" don't know if first or last name. Worked on a temporary line subtracted to Northwestern Energy. 1933 *Knew a "hired girl" named Thelma/Dutch.

    (August 11th 2007)    
Clinton Alexander  email   
A 92 year friend of my wife (Cecilia) and I named Edward Johnson worked a couple of seadons in 1935 & 1936 at the Fort Peck dam helping in the building of the spillway. Ed Johnson was born and raised on a farm near Antelope, Montana. The Bernau boys lived on a farm near Ed and were his friends. Ed recently discovered the Clarence Bernau was killed while working at the dam. Clarence's brother Roy traveled with Ed to California in 1947. Clarence's brother Frank owned land on the Fort Peck Reservation on which he grew crops and for whom Ed worked on ocassion. Ed work at Glacier National Park in 1937 at a CCC camp.
Ed went to school in Plentywood, Montana. Ed served in the US Army during WWII seeing action in Guadalcanal and the Northern Solomons. Currently, Ed lives in Gardena, California.

    (July 31st 2007)    
Sue A. Smith  email   
Hi! My Dad worked on Peck too. His name was W. Craig Saxton. Many times he told us this story of his most memorable time on the Dam. He always started the story out saying "When I built the Dam - --" One day as he drove his dump truck up and down the very steep hill by the power houses, his truck brakes gave out and he came barrelling down the hill. When he finally came to a stop, a forman came over and fired him on the spot yelling at him demanding to know why he would drive down the hill like that and that he could have killed someone. Dad told him about the brakes, so the forman had another worker check them out and of course they were completely gone. That guy came back and affirmed what Dad had said. The forman said to Dad "I guess you're not fired - and - thanks for not killing somebody!!" On his many visits to Ft Pk., Dad always said to Mom and my husband and I always say now everytime we go down that steep and winding hill - "Well Ma - do you think the brakes will hold"? and each of always responds - "Well Pa, I sure hope so!!" Dad passed away in 1993 at age 73. He saw the water flow over the spillway and I know that he would have loved the new Interpretive Center as he was a dinosaur buff to the max!
Sue Saxton Smith

    (July 22nd 2007)    
Eve Nielsen Denton  email   
I'm so happy to find this site! My father, Carl A. Nielsen, worked as a civilian employee of the Corps of Engineers. We moved to Ft. Peck area in 1934. Since the housing had not been built, we lived with a family named Runyan between Ft. Peck and Glasgow for a couple of months. We had moved from South America by way of New York City, so the -60 winters were a shock! We lived at 313 Milk River Drive until 1937. I started school there with Miss Mountjoy for my first grade teacher. I don't remember the name of the 2nd grade teacher. Some of my classmates were: George Carey, Dickie Palmer, Betty Brooke Smith, Martha Green and Tommy Springer. I remember most of the places people have mentioned in their e-mails. My husband and I have made a trip to most of the places my wandering father worked. Our house on Milk River Drive was gone when we visited Ft. Peck, but I think I found the location. We enjoyed a lovely few days with our RV parked at the campground. There was even a play at the old theater (where I also saw all the Shirley Temple movies someone mentioned). It was great to go back!

    (July 13th 2007)    
Laura  email   
I have been gathering family photos for some time now, preparing to put together a family album on cd. I have several pictures that until now, I thought were copies, but have just recently found the original photographs that my grandmother took of the shanty she, my grandfather and my father lived in while 'gramps' worked on the dam. The photos are all in 1934, in The New Deal settlement. I am so thrilled that I found this web site.

    (July 11th 2007)    
Judy Pettinato  email   
Dear FortPeckDam history buffs,
In about 1936 or 1937,my father, Franklin Perry Stephens, was living in Ray, ND and decided to visit his mother who was living in Whitefish, MT. On his way through MT, he stayed awhile to work on Fort Peck Dam. He was driving dump trucks. One day he backed too close and one of his rear tires slipped over the edge. He was terrified and thought he was a goner, but kept his cool and slowly his other rear tire pulled him out. That was the end of his career at the dam.
Thank you for this wonderful history.

    (July 3rd 2007)    
Roy Mathison  email   
I grew up on a cattle ranch in NE Fergus County. We lived from about 1937 to 1947 on the Missouri River. We had leased 160 acres which was mostly in alfalfa. The log house we lived in was 42 miles from Roy. About 30 miles of the road was not all weather. My parents leased this place year to year and finally the reservoir backed up that far and that was the end of our lease. The place we had leased was known as the Webb bottom. This is located about 6 miles down stream from the Robinson bridge. The cover of the first Life Magazine published showed the Fort Peck damn. That was about 1936. My mother, Bertina Mathison was the postmaster at Wilder. This PO served all the people on the south side of the river and some on the north side received their mail there as well. She was postmaster there when the US Postal Service closed it. That was a long time ago but those memories won't go away.
Roy Mathison
Palo Pinto, Texas

    (June 26th 2007)    
T. Roper  email   
This IS a great website. We moved from Tennessee to Ft Peck in the early 50's. My father R.E. Roper, had transfered from the TVA to the Corps of Engineers and was in charge of the training program for power house and control room operators who later went to work at dams on the Missouri and Columbia rivers. We were only there for two years, but the memories linger. I remember Ruby Martin was a nurse there and going to her to get my shots for "Rocky Mountain Fever" The Martins lived on the right side of the field that faced the theater. Her youngest son, Jim Martin and I a had lot of fun being kids in Fort Peck.
His dad, "Big Jim" and mine worked together. Jim eventually worked at Chief Joseph Dam in Washington, while we moved to Pickstown and Fort Randall dam in South Dakota.

    (June 25th 2007)    
Janet Fjerstad Decker  email   
Hello from Omaha. I also lived in Fort Peck from 1934 until I graduated from GHS in 1951. My father, L.O.Fjerstad, started the school in Fort Peck in 1934 and was principal and superintendent until the high school closed in 1939, I believe. Then he stayed and worked for the Corps of Engineers until 1951. It was a wonderful place to live as a child and teenager. I have many great memories. I really enjoyed reading your web site.

    (June 13th 2007)    
Nancy Barnett  email   
Just discovered this site. Very exciting. My dad worked on Ft. Peck in 1930's. His name was Frank Freeman. I wish he were alive to share his story. He died in 1985. I don't have a lot of details but would certainly enjoy learning more.

    (June 10th 2007)    
Pat McRae  email   
My Dad,Martin Savidge worked on one of the dredges. He had been in the Navy & worked on a ship that dredged along the coast near Georgia. We lived in Norfolk, Va. Then moved to N.J. where he grew up & worked on a dredge in the Hudson River. My Mother grew up in Billings,Mt. They were married in Georgia. Dad liked Mt. when they came to visit Grandparents. We moved to Mt. in 1934 & Dad went to work on the Dam. We lived in Wheeler for a while until our house was built. We lived at 240 Milk River Dr. right across the street from that hill another person wrote about. My sister went down the hill & cut her mouth. Our next door neighbors were the Mundts. They always won the prettiest yard. My best friend, Ola Jean McDonald lived down the street. Sometimes we had a baby sitter, Zoe Ann Zitten, I loved her name. We went to the movies, ice skated at the Rec Center. I started first grade in '36. My teacher was Miss Montjoy. The day the Dam broke my Dad had just got home from working the 4 to noon shift when the sirens blew. He had been working on one of the dredges that went down. My brother was born in Glasgow in '36. I haven't seen anything about the flood in Wheeler. We left Fort Peck in April '39. I had had the worst case of measles in town, the Dr. said. My brother got them on his birthday, Apr. 6. When he got well we left. Lots of memories.

    (May 5th 2007)    
Hilary Barr (Warberg)  email   
I used to live in Fort Peck when I was younger. My father Brent, was in the FBI, and we were transfered to Glasgow in the late 70's. Most of the FBI agents and their familes lived in Fort Peck so we moved there. We lived at 221 James St., I think! I went to the Fort Peck School, along with my sister Brooke. We hung out at the theater in the summer,swam at the dredge cuts and rode our bikes everywhere! In the winter we went sledding and ice skating.There was a creek out past the dam called Bug Creek that was long dried up, but dinosaurs once lived there and we hunted for fossils there on field trips. We walked to school and came home everyday for lunch. We played basketball and did cheerleading for the school because we HAD to......there were barely enough kids to make a team!!!! There were 8 kids in my class, including me. We knew everyone in town and they knew us. We could go anywhere we wanted to and never had to worry about the things that we worry about today. We were safe no matter where we went. I earned extra money by delivering copies of the "White Sheets", the towns newspaper that was actually a sheet of paper! I loved every minute I spent there and will never forget my time there! I am married now, and would love to take my husband and my boys to visit the place where I spent part of my growing up time and see what it was like there. I miss it and I miss the people. We were friends with the Welshes, and I think about all of them all of the time! I think about all of the people I remember from there and hope they are happy and doing well. It was a GREAT place to grow up!

    (March 31st 2007)    
Lois Lonnquist  email   
Hi Rafe,
You may prefer not to post this in your Guestbook, but I thought you might like to know that my book, "Fifty Cents an Hour: The Builders and Boomtowns of the Fort Peck Dam," came out in February. It's a history of the construction of the Fort Peck Dam and spillway, the boomtowns, and more. A photo of the cover and notes can be seen on my web site www.FortPeckBoomtowns.com.
Lois L.

    (March 20th 2007)    
MT Wagar  email   
Just finished "Ivan Doig's" Book " Bucking the Sun" and thought I'd check out the Dam online. Fantastic site. I lived in Mont. for 2 years and never made it there. Thank you internet.Doig rocks by the way, new favorite author.

    (March 18th 2007)    
mitch pituley  email   
Have always been intrested in the creation of the dam and the surrounding area. Good site. Love the old pictures.

    (February 15th 2007)    
rafe  email   
Guestbook submissions are now back online

    (March 9th 2006)    
Amy Grisak  email   
I am writing an article on the towns surrounding the dam during its construction, and would love to chat with anyone who grew up there at that time. You can reach me via e-mail at endless@digisys.net

Thanks so much!

    (February 22nd 2006)    
Julie Ottmar-Roberson  email   
I was born in Glasgow 1965 and spent the first 10 years of my life in Fort Peck. I was so glad to find this site, it brought back many memories. My fondest memories are touring the power houses, driving across the dam and out to the spillway, whenever we had visitors from out of state. Another is standing on the face of the dam with my dad flying kites, the wind was always good for that. Our first home was across the street from the recreation center on what I think was White Street, then in 1968 moved to 100 Sioux Street, which was across the street from the theatre. Looking at the old photos I can find our home sites, of course things were different then, but the landmarks are the same. I remember the demolition of the old houses, we trick or treated at the hotel, which was rumored to be haunted, climbing the trees in the spring, the fireworks at the dredgecuts, going to Kiwanas park every Sunday afternoon, exploring the coulees, all under the shadow of the dam, never really knowing the history behind the construction. We moved to Glendive in 1975, and it just seemed that we never looked back. I'm glad to say that Fort Peck is part of my life's journey, I look forward to the updates and reading more from your guests. Great job on the site and thank you so much.

    (February 20th 2006)    
Eric G.  email   
Great site, but wondering if anyone truly knows the name of a worker who died while working on the Fort Peck Theater in 1934? Is this just an old Ghost story or what?

    (February 16th 2006)    
Donald E. Kassner  email   
My Father Clifford Kassner worked on the Fort Peck Dam, and later moved to Circle, where I was born.

    (February 11th 2006)    
Zane Young  email   
My Grandfather Arthur Loyd Meccage and my grandmother Agnes Hertl were married at the Baptist church in Glasgow April 16, 1938. They lived in Fort Peck. I believe Art operated a Caterpiller tractor in the construction section but I don't know what Agnes did. Great Site

    (December 16th 2005)    
Bill Iry  email   
I was raised in Ft Peck until I was seven. At that age there are not too many memories. My father was in the Corps of Engineers. We lived in a house, I think it was third from the end, on a hill looking over a valley. There was a field across the road. It seems to me there was a slope on the far side of the field where we would ride our sleds down, The older boys would sometimes pour water on the slope. A lot of little kids had to have their chins sewed up from collisions. Once my father took me on a ride on one of the locomotives and I got to "drive" it. In the winter the little kids had to come in when it got to be 10 below zero. We had to take cod liver oil in the winter. I still get about half sick thinking about it. I can remember being taken to the theater to see Shirley Temple. I was disappointed. My brother was born at Ft Peck in 1937. I wish I had known of this site earlier. It is a dandy. Bill Iry

    (November 16th 2005)    
clay severeide  email   
I too just finished the book Bucking the Sun and i needed some history of the dam. i found your site and it is just FABULOUS.
Thanks so much!

    (October 10th 2005)    
JOY FELCE  email   

    (October 10th 2005)    
You are very welcome. Thank you for the heads up about that.

    (October 10th 2005)    
undisclosed   email   
Thank you for your very prompt action in eliminating the e-mail addresses form the archive. Hopefully this will reduce a little bit of Spam for everyone. your responsibility in this is greatly appreciated and enhances your reputation as the best damn dam site.

    (August 17th 2005)    
Former Glasgowian  email   
Best damn site about a dam site!
(someone had to say it.)

    (August 5th 2005)    
Karen Sundhagen  email   
I am looking for information on Cole, Montana. Does anyone know of a book by Lois Lonngquist? This is a book about tent cities near Fort Peck Dam. E-mail me at sundcon@juno.com

    (July 31st 2005)    
Lynelle (Johnson) Eck  email   
WOW!! Your website is an excellent blend of history and its facts with the personal stories and pictures of people who were actually there. It contains information that is of interest to someone learning about a variety of topics (employment programs during the Depression, FDR, engineering, etc.) who has never heard of nor been to Fort Peck as well as those of us who have roots in NE Montana. You are to be commended for that balance!
My grandfather, Elmer Hall, opened his first Drug Store in Wheeler, which eventually moved to Glasgow.
Fort Peck, the Dam and the surrounding region brings back many great memories. "Surfing" through your website has increased my knowledge of what an awesome accomplishment it actually was.
Thank you so much!

    (July 24th 2005)    
Mark Watson  email   
Congratulations on the new layout. Keep it up to date as a celebrity :)

    (July 17th 2005)    
Alex Mayers  email   
Where are the updates? i cant seem to find them. But anyway, nice job.

    (June 14th 2005)    
Terry Keys  email   
I come from the Keys clan (7 kids in all,5boys2girls) my mother and father Ramona and Ted Keys moved to Fort Peck back in the mid 50s from the garrison project in North Dakota
I have many many great stories from Fort Peck and the surrounding area My brother Daryl and his family continue to ive in the same house, the 9 of us shared from 1969 to present,218 Milk River Drive. One of ny favorite memories of the whole town were the plays the adults put on in the elementary school. The night Mrs.Wallem and Mrs. Dedobbeleer sang These Boots Are made for Walking,They were in mini skirts That night the whole town laughed so hard I think the folks in Nashua heard us. I miss Peck and all those who passed thru. Every time I come HOME and round the hill out south of town near the Nichols Turn off, a warm glow emits from the ear to ear smile I have plastered on my face.What a GREAT SITE,DAM I Miss PECK.

    (June 12th 2005)    
susan cameron mccormick  email   
My dad Lloyd (doc) Cameron worked on the dam as a welder and my mother lived in a nearby town (local girl) and that is how they met. I've heard many stories about the area from my mother, but have never been as I was born in Florida after WWII.

    (June 10th 2005)    
Buck Archambeault  email   
I was one of five children born at the hospital in Fort Peck. Can anyone name the others?

    (April 22nd 2005)    
Crystal   email   
this is a great site to find information on the fort peck dam for school prodject. it aslo has great photo's of the landscape and they are in great details.

    (April 18th 2005)    
Justin Meeks  email   
This is a great website. I am writing a paper on the Fort Peck Dam and this site has helped me more than you know. Thank you so very much.
Justin M.

    (April 10th 2005)    
Great site. Spent several hours looking at it from work!!!!

    (February 2nd 2005)    
Ronald Bondy  email   
I just completed looking the at new website guestbook and found some old friends and also people that my dad, Warren Bondy, knew while I as a kid grew up here ('45 thru '64). It was beneficial growing up here as it taught one to be resourceful. Resourceful because, as there wasn't much to do here, one had to be resourceful to creat something to do. I can still remember as a kid "running the pipes" when we went to the swimming pool. To those that don't know about the pipes, they were 2 pipes (I think they may have been sections of the old dredge pipes) about 1/4 to 1'2 a mile long that they used to store water in to refill the swimming pool after they cleaned it once a week.) I am available via email to here from anyone out there reading this. I am going to be building a model r/r layout - HO guage - once I can move to a better facility to build one. I have done a bit of research as to the railroad in the area but I am open for more info. Ronald Bondy

    (January 17th 2005)    
Michael Weinand  email   
My father had some of the best memories working on the dam.Is there a list of workers anywhere in the archives?

    (January 8th 2005)    
Gus Lightfoot  email   
My dad, John G. Lightfoot was Chief, Engineering Divison, for a number of years. I have fond memories of Fort Peck. Have visited several times. Most recently in 2003. It has changed a lot. Irvin Mahugh and I still correspond via the Web.My wife and I spent time, this past summer, with he and his wife in Baker City, Oregon. Cheers.

    (December 9th 2004)    
Jodi Lauther  email   
Hi...I am doing a project for school, researching my great Uncle Dan Gerrity. I found he worked on the Fort Peck Dam in the 1930s with the C.C.C. Your website was very interesting.

    (November 3rd 2004)    
Melissa Bulock  email   
I was very pleased to see the town in that I was raised has a website. Thank you

    (October 18th 2004)    
Tracy Preimesberger  email   
I grew up in Glendive and have great memories of summer weekends with my brothers and friends going to Ft. Peck. A beauty all in its own.

    (September 20th 2004)    
Sally  email   
I've just checked out the Ft. Peck Dam web site and was amazed as to how much information is available. A great job has been done to inform us of it's history. My dad, Horace P. Christian, M.D. took a job out there and arrived October, 1940---only to be told the army would no longer employ him as the damn had just been finished. He decided to take a chance and stay for a year anyway--- as "people still live here, will still become ill, and will still have babies!" It was an interesting year for my parents first year of marriage, and my dad was able to help many people, learned a lot and got off to a positive start in his medical career.

    (September 15th 2004)    
JanieLEdwards  email   
I was just going through some of the pictures that my uncle, Earl Allen, sent to the family in the 1930's, and found some photos, post cards, and a small map of the Fort Peck Dam. Piqued my curiosity--I appreciate the information provided. Thanks!

    (September 10th 2004)    
T. Ryan  email   
For researching, try the Montana Historical Society Library/Archives at the Museum in Helena. They have a manuscript collection from the "Glasgow Courier," oral histories, and other information on the Fort Peck Dam
In fact, the MHS quarterly "Montana The Magazine of Western History" published a 24-page article complete with 30 photographs and a map. That issue was Summer 1977. They are also publishing a shorter article on Fort Peck this Winter 2004. This magazine is at many libraries nationwide.
The website is www.montanahistoricalsociety.org or phone 406-444-2694.

    (July 18th 2004)    
Karen  email   
My mother's first husband was killed in April 1937 while working for a company that was making material for the Fort Peck dam, His name was Leonard LaJoie. Does anyone know of him or how the accident happened? I believe it was near a town called Cole. Does anyone recognize that town name? I recently visited Fort Peck dam again and am amazed at the enormity of the project. Also enjoyed a wonderful live performance at the Fort Peck Theatre. thanks, karen

    (July 4th 2004)    
Mark Berg  email   
On July 2, 2004 I took a shortcut in my Kenworth and decided to go over the dam, having never seen it. My best friend's father worked on the dam as an Ironworker for a couple of years, and I remember the stories the family told when returning to Mineapolis with the completion of the dam. I am very surprised that there is no water behind the dam. It cannot be producing much electricity in the shape it is in. IS this due to a drought, cant be , it ls located on the big muddy with plenty of water. ?? Is this a water right problem??. Are welfare ranchers up stream with ancient water right bull stealing the water\?? I think the american people as well as the folks in montana that paid a hefty price for this "first" should have some answers!!

    (July 3rd 2004)    
brooke mcnary  email   
for my 5th grade field trip we went here and my whole class thaught it was one of the best field trips ever. Thanks!

    (April 24th 2004)    
jim livingston  email   
I first signed on in 1999. Your site perked my interest again (moved to Pickstown in 1952) I and my wife Jan and I visited Ft. Peck and Glasgow with our 13 yr grandaughter. Such fun sharing memories and see the town as it is now. Keep up the good work. Thanks again

    (March 25th 2004)    
Sandy Leal  email   
My grandfather, Frank McMillian worked on the Ft. Peck Dam
They lived across the street from the Ft. Peck Theatre; where my aunt May and my mother Helyn worked. My Dad, Jim
Clift ran a ccc camp there for a while, and that is where he met my mother.

    (March 25th 2004)    
Gia  email   
I used to live in Glendive until I was in 4th grade and every weekend and for sure every holiday my whole family would go to Fort Peck and spend some time. Those were the best times for me. I will never forget 4th of July and the hot hot days of summer. We had such a blast jumping off the cliffs and seeing deer and just having fun. I miss it very much!!!

    (December 29th 2003)    
Liane Albus     
My Grandma, Betty Albus has told me some stories about Wheeler. My Grandpa Emil Albus worked in Wheeler and that is where they met.

    (December 7th 2003)    
Gordie fassett  email   
I"m sorry I forgot to add a bit of information concerning Death at the Dam site.. My Uncle Orville Fassett brother of Sheriff Almond fassett was killed in auto accident south of Park Grove just inside the government reservation Aug 12 1936.. He had been employed as a mechanic on the conveyor belt at the outlet portals.

Also on that date Clarence c. Bernau, 24 Plentywood structural steel worker was killed when he dropped 200 feet down an emergency gate shaft in tunnel 2 on the project.

    (December 7th 2003)    
Gordie Fassett  email   
My grandparents lived along the river bottom of the Missouri river before Fort Peck Dam was built. and of course they had to move because their homesite would eventually be under water once the dam was built.

My Aunt Olive Ingalls and Mother tell in their life stories I have, of "Snag Pullers" that came up the Missouri river, Aunt Ollie thinks the last one was named the "Marias" It landed near her ranch where pictures were taken.

About five miles up the road above their ranch were two graves enclosed by a picket fence. They looked so lonely, with no buildings in sight. She found out later they belonged to children of a man named Gilbert who had built a cabin nearthere some years before the land was opened for filing on. His children died of diptheria..When the Fort Peck Dam was built, the Corps of Engineers moved the remains up to Wolf Hills above the projected water line once the Dam was complete.

Gilbert Creek in Garfield County was named for Mr. Gilbert who was probably one of the first settlers in the valley..Shortly after the children died, the Gilberts moved away, and the two lonely graves in the hills were the only signs anyone ever lived there.

    (June 16th 2003)    
Orvin Beck  email   
Have lived all my life in Valley County, Montana, except for two and one-half years in the Navy. My wife, Yvonne, of 59 years, and I moved to Fort Peck in l946 from Glasgow. I worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from l946 to l948 when I transferred to the Corps of Eningeers. Worked for the Corps from l948 to l985(37 yrs.)when I retired. We still live in Fort Peck as we purchased the house we had rented for 27 years.

As a younster, living in Glasgow, on various occasions, made trips to Fort Peck and saw the many little towns surrounding the Fort Peck Dam during it's construction.

Our children(5) tell us, and we agree, Fort Peck was the greatest little town in the world to grow up in.

In reviewing the various people that have signed the Guest Book, I recognize several names of people that worked and lived here at Fort Peck. It certainly is a great web site.

    (June 14th 2003)    
Chris Pepperdine  email   
I spent my first years of life at Glagow AFB and my fist memories are of Fort Peck, Glasgow and the Base. I recently returned for a Vacation after 35 years and was pleased with the memories that were brought back.
Glasgow was wonderful and Fort Peck needs some water but was still a Wonder and awesome.

    (May 10th 2003)    
Betty R  email   
I enjoyed looking at the photos on this site. My Dad worked at the construction of Ft. Peck Dam for 4 1/2 years. Also my uncle, Emerald Wheatley, slipped and fell off a dredge barge. His body was nevery recovered. Does anybody remember him?

    (April 3rd 2003)    
Tim Galgerud  email   
I'm sure that my Dad is in one of the pictures and I want to know if this picture has names on the back of it. My father started working on the dam in 1933 clearing brush from in front of the dam and then worked on and helped build the Dredging machines.The picture I'm referring to is under "Dredging Units Built on Site" I'm sure that is my Dad holding the dog in the picture with a bunch of men posing for the camera. How can I find out for sure?

    (March 31st 2003)    
Lola  email   
My father, Albin "Red" Rierson worked there in the early 30's. He worked on the spillway. Several of my uncles also worked there. I only wish I would have visited the dam when my Dad was alive.

    (March 25th 2003)    
Michelle  email   
My grandpa Norman Beaudry, who still lives, was working at the dam and was in the slide. He told me it was quite the ride, it was amazing he survived it.

    (March 6th 2003)    
Jaye Whitcomb Sweetser Sundin  email   
I was born in Montana and after graduation from the University in Missoula and teaching a short time in Spokane, WA, we moved to Glasgow where I taught English from 1958 to 1961. I really didn't realize the magnitude of the building of the Fort Peck Dam until I read Ivan Doig's book, Bucking the Sun. I do remember the unbelievably cold winters when I threw a rod in my old Chevrolet. Teachers couldn't wear slacks and had to change when we got to school. The heaters barely warmed the room. The summers were also so hot that a bottle of ammonia burst under my kitchen sink. You don't mention the mosquitoes that were as big as dive bombers. We would go to Ft. Peck Lake to boat and water ski and for the kids to wade and "swim". I haven't been back to the area since 1961 and would love to catch up on my history and memories. Thank you for providing such wonderful information about the project.

    (March 6th 2003)    
Dennis Durfee (nee Hickel)  email   
What a fun site. My paternal grandfather, Ferdinand Hickel, was killed working on the dam in 1936. Since I was born in 1944, I only heard about him. I lived at the airbase from '58 to '61, when my step-dad, Willis Durfee, was stationed there, and I attended GHS for my frosh, soph & jr years. What wonderful memories I have of the area, including all the beer we consumed at Ft. Peck in the summers - but the weather is just too much there, winter and summer, so I stay in Ore.

    (October 25th 2002)    
Claudia Johnston-Madison  email   
Hi - what a great web site! My uncle Red (Edward) Johnston worked on the dam between 1935 and 1940. Some of my other uncles worked at the dam too - Chuck Johnston (who lived in Fort Peck) and Kenny Burns (married to my aunt Gladys Johnston). Red and my aunt Mary (Kronabush) raised a family in Nahsua. My father, Claude Johnston, graduated HS 1941 from Nahsua High School. I have heard many great stories about this era. Thanks for adding to the story!

    (September 27th 2002)    
Gary Larimer     
I was stationed at Glascow AFB for two years (1966-67), and visited Fort Peck many times. I never knew the history of the dam until I found this web site. Great images and very interesting text. Nice job!

    (September 26th 2002)    
Robert Vester  email   
I now live in Libby, MT. One of my earliest memories of Ft. Peck is going 'cliff jumping'. I was young and stupid. Our family spent summer weekends there.
I also learned how to ride a motor bike there, my brother got freaked out when he caught his first pike.. the stories go on forever....
P.S. i've tried to link to some people that have an email address listed, but for some reason it doesn't work
I'm cvester@aol.com

    (September 23rd 2002)    
Lois L.  email   
First -- Thanks for letting me post this note in your Guestbook! I am writing a book about the &no.8220;mushroom&no.8221; townsites, that sprung up during the construction of the Fort Peck Dam. Is anyone familiar with Cactus Flats, Wilson, Roosevelt, Webber City, Minot, or the others? What about musicians, schools, churches, neighbors, whoever? My research is turning up wonderful stories that need to be told. There&no.8217;s a wealth of history in old photo albums, letters, and memories. On completion of my book, the first copies and my cataloged research material will be donated to the Montana Historical Society and the new (building in process) Fort Peck Interpretive Center.
I have enjoyed reading your Guestbook letters. I will keep you posted. (My Dad worked at the dam. Wheeler was home.) Thanks for your help. E-mail me at lois@mtsky.com.

    (September 12th 2002)    
Ginny O-C     
Thanks for the pictures of Ft. Peck Dam. I am also reading Bucking the Sun by Ivan Doig and was interested in this project. I think it sounds like that area was a very hard area to grow up in. The weather descriptions were amazing, this from a person that grew up in Los Angeles. Thanks for the great history and pictures.

    (September 12th 2002)    
Ginny O-C     
Thanks for the pictures of Ft. Peck Dam. I am also reading Bucking the Sun by Ivan Doig and was interested in this project. I think it sounds like that area was a very hard area to grow up in. The weather descriptions were amazing, this from a person that grew up in Los Angeles. Thanks for the great history and pictures.

    (August 14th 2002)    
Karen Bross     
I am currently reading Ivan Doig's "Bucking the Sun" and decided
to investigate Fort Peck some more. This makes his book even
more 'real'. Very nice web site!

    (July 26th 2002)    
RE Ruef     
Ist issue of Life Magazine featured this dam. The cover photo was of the spillway facade.

Great web site and history. Maybe this dam with it's buried workers is the scource of confusion concerning buried workers in the Hoover Dam.

    (July 19th 2002)    
Terrence R. Hoover  email   
I was born in FT. Peck August 2, 1936. My folks, Lester (Les) and Charlotte (Char) Hoover, always told me I was the first baby born there. I'd really enjoy hearing from anyone who knew them, and receiving any info regarding births there prior to mine (names, birthdays, e-mail addresses, etc.). Thanks.

    (May 28th 2002)    
Gary Hayes  email   
Brings back memories. My dad worked for the Bur. of Reclamation,
forman of a line crew. I went to Fort Peck grade school, 1946 to 1950.

    (April 11th 2002)    
leann and jillian  email   
this web site gave us alot of info. for our history research!

    (March 14th 2002)    
James Johnston  email   
Nice Site. I visit Fort Peck every summer to visit my Grandma, Mary Johnston. When I see the pictures, it reminds me of the fun I have back there.

    (March 7th 2002)    
Dick Taylor  email   
What a wonderful site! The blow up picutres are great. I can
pick out my grandparents house on the Glasgow pictures and
where I lived as a kid at Fort Peck. We moved to Riverdale
in 1954. My Mom and Dad moved to Pierre, SD in 72. Mom still
lives in Pierre. Dad, Robert L Taylor passed away four years
ago. Again, Great Side!

    (March 4th 2002)    
Harold Ramsbacher  email   
Wow! Brings back a lot of fond and not so great memories. Grew up in Park Grove and Ft Peck (1935 - 1952).

    (January 31st 2002)    
Having been raised in Fort Peck, 1951 to 1968, it was extremely nice to see the manner in which your website presents such a large part of my life. I have always felt fortunate for spending the better part of my childhood in Fort Peck. I cannot imagine any place better!! Thank you!

    (December 11th 2001)    
Dale Jones  email   
Excellent Site!
I've always wanted to know about the building of
Fort Peck Dam
This site is very informative!
Thank you
Dale Jones
Kalispell, Montana

    (December 7th 2001)    
Chelsea M.  email   
This is a great website especially when you need info. very quickly! I would like to thank the person that made this website possible.

    (November 26th 2001)    
Chuck Epperson  email   
Great site! My dad was an oiler on the dredge Jefferson in the 30's and from 1943 to 1953 a powerhouse operator with Jim Martin, Cary Wentz, and Gene Gamus. His name was Roy Epperson. I attended Fort Peck grade school(1-4) from 1949 to 1953.

    (November 1st 2001)    
Nathan Gabig  email   

Thank-you very much for the opportunity to learn so much about Fort Peck and the history behind an American triumph. I was born in Montana, but am more familiar with the TVA work programs that FDR put in place to pull us from the Depression. I've spent a couple hours pouring over your photos...very very impessive. Thank-you again for all the time and effort you put into this project! The one piece of information I would have liked to gotten a look at would have been a diagram or artist rendering of the entire area.


Nathan Gabig
Great Falls, MT

    (October 17th 2001)    
Diane Buckley Pile  email   
Just got a look at some of the photos on this site and discovered that the artists rendition on the Old Fort Peck page is my aforementioned grandfather's work. It was made int postcards for sale at the dam when I visited there.I noticed that you don't have any thing about the officers quarters and village compound constructed for the dam engineers & builders and their families. I have the story and pictures in a publicity book from the 30's.

    (October 4th 2001)    
Diane Buckley Pile  email   
My grandfather, Arthur H. Buckley, was an architect from Kansas City Mo.and one of many professionals who found needed work in the Depression with govennment architects and engineers on the dredging and building of Fort Peck Dam. I saw some of his watercolor paintings displayed at the dam's visitor center 1970 and it's possible that some of his writing has circulated as well. In the salty style of Robert Service, he described his Fort Peck life in a continuous outpouring of witty,amusing and thoughtful poetry and prose....some of which came down to me and aroused my need to learn more. In the midst of the Depression, Arthur found a laborers position on the dredge-laying crew for his son,Alan, fresh out of engineering school,newly married and the father of two. A thrilling adventure for Alan,(my father)and Arthur(his dad) and my baby brother and me, those hard winters in that isolated camptown must have been culturally and physically shocking for my mother. She won't even talk about it to this day.So I've sought to learn what I could from a visit to the site and reading the promotional booklet fronm the dam's opening and Grandad's writings.Ivan Doig's personalised story gave me fresh insights into my mother's unsettleing reactions. Sharing stories and sources would be a pleasure. Contact me as dianepile@hotmail.com or by snail-mail at PO Box 141, Naselle WA 98638

    (September 27th 2001)    
Kathy Rose  email   
What a wonderful site. My grandfather Francis Brown operated a bulldozer at the Fork Peck Dam construction. He has long passed on. If anyone has information about him I would appreciate hearing from you. Also, do you know where I can find information on the personnel who worked on the Fort Peck construction?

Thanks again.

    (August 11th 2001)    
Preston M. Kappes  email   
This site is great fun. My family (father "Buzz" Kappes and mother Louise) lived in Fort Peck from late 1947 until early 1962. Dad was a mechanic at the Flood Plain Garage and a musician. I went through all 8 elementary grades at Fort Peck and am quite happy to have done so. Thank you. PMK

    (July 6th 2001)    
Barb Brown  email   
I started the first grade in McCone City , seems to me it was a kind of quanset hut, all grades together. First we lived in a trailer house made from plywood, then an old log cabin became available, we lived there until the work was done, but my mother younger brother and i stayed because she was dur to deliver a baby, she did, right there in the log cabin, that was my youngest brother, mydad was gone to WA to see ifhe could get work picking apples, he did,came back and we left. I do remember a lot, especially that my mother had the only stove with an oven so it was kind of a community oven, other women came there to bake. My brother complains that the town of his birth no longer exists. I also remember there were a lot of saloons and on Sunday morning we kids would go back behind the bars and find money that men had lost during some real rough fights the night before. Also i remember coming back home and my motherbeing worried about mybeing behind inschool work, just the opposite, I was way ahead ,so I created a problem and was just made to repeat all i had learned in McCone city. Do have some photos,but mostly of the family around the log cabin. would like some of the town it self. Remember it as a great time, except we had to wear knee high boots because of rattle snakes. barb

    (June 9th 2001)    
Dick Watson  email   
I have many happy memories of Fort Peck Dam in general and McCone City in particular. I would be vbery happy to hear from anyone who lived there from 1934-1940. I have quite a few pictures that might be of interest to anyone that lived there during that era.

    (May 28th 2001)    
Rafe Sigmundstad  email   
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