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National Forests in Indiana, 1977-1981

Interview List

Interviewee
Bruggenschmidt, Joseph February 12, 1981 

Call Number
81-004

Physical Description

22 pages; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 1 hour 40 minutes; no index

Interviewer
Hartzer, Ronald B.

Access Status

Open

Joseph Bruggenschmidt, born September 12, 1926, discusses his education at Purdue and his experiences with the Indiana Division of Forestry. He explains his duties as a service forester and consultant forester. Bruggenschmidt describes the timber logged in Indiana. He expresses concern for government-maintained wilderness areas and the attitude of the National Forest Service.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Purdue University
    • Indiana Division of Forestry
    • Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association
    • Indiana State Legislature
    • Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service
    • National Forest Service
    • Place Names
    • Perry County, Indiana
    • Dubois County, Indiana
    • Crawford County, Indiana
    • Prairie County, Indiana
    • Jasper, Indiana
    • Occupation Names
    • service forester
    • timber manager
    • consultant forester
    • Subjects
    • 1921 Indiana Classified Forest Act
    • logging industry
    • log exporting
    • cross tie market
    • 1960 Multiple-Use and Sustained Yield Act
    • recreational land use
    • wilderness areas

Interviewee
Ferguson, Claude October 7, 1977 

Call Number
77-027

Physical Description

38 pages; 1 reel, 1 7/8 ips, 1 hour 30 minutes; no index; comments regarding the Hoosier National Forest Plan as issued by the United States Forest Service; Wayne-Hoosier National Forest, fact sheet, 1976; 4 press releases; memo about off road vehicles; court dismissal form; photo of interviewee; employment history of interviewee

Interviewer
Anderson, Terry H.

Access Status

Restricted; not to be used for profit or partisan political purposes

Claude Ferguson, born January 13, 1923, discusses his work in the National Forest Service, specifically in the Hoosier-Wayne National Forest. He explains how he became interested in forest service and his early career as a tower lookout. He discusses the continuing issues of insect control, soil erosion, land acquisition, and off road vehicle trails.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Mark Twain National Forest
    • National Youth Administration
    • National Forest Service
    • Hoosier-Wayne National Forest
    • Job Corps Conservation Program
    • Place Names
    • Missouri
    • Occupation Names
    • tower lookout
    • land acquisition field technician
    • assistant ranger
    • Personal Names
    • Leopold, Aldo
    • McConnell, Harold P.
    • Wilcox, Ralph
    • Pinchot, Gifford
    • Subjects
    • insect control
    • herbicides
    • soil erosion
    • reforestation
    • public domain land
    • land acquisition
    • boundary adjustments
    • off-road vehicle trails
    • recreational land use
    • zoning

Interviewee
Girton, Donald S. September 28, 1977 

Call Number
77-026

Physical Description

43 pages; 1 reel, 1 7/8 ips, 1 hour 45 minutes; no index; newspaper article about interviewee's change in jobs; newspaper article about forest growth

Interviewer
Anderson, Terry H.

Access Status

Open

Donald S. Girton, born January 5, 1936, discusses his education at Purdue and Yale Universities. He explains his responsibilities as forest supervisor of Wayne-Hoosier National Forest. Girton describes silviculture, harvesting, land acquisition, and the multiple use concept. He also describes the position he accepted in the National Forest Services Legislative Affairs Section.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Purdue University
    • Yale University
    • National Forest Service
    • Congressional Fellowship Program
    • National Forest Service
    • Hoosier-Wayne National Forest
    • Civilian Conservation Corps
    • Older Americans Program
    • Neighborhood Youth Corps
    • Youth Conservation Corps
    • Place Names
    • Brown County, Indiana
    • Columbus, Ohio
    • Occupation Names
    • forest supervisor
    • Personal Names
    • Grabow, Rudolph A.
    • Pinchot, Gifford
    • Subjects
    • silviculture
    • national forest establishment
    • land acquisition
    • federal funding
    • 1911 Weeks Act
    • 1960 Multiple-Use and Sustained Yield Act
    • off-road vehicle trails
    • recreational land use
    • tree harvesting

Interviewee
McWilliams, Paul October 10, 1977 

Call Number
77-028

Physical Description

26 pages; 1 reel, 1 7/8 ips, 1 hour; no index; pictorial review of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Indiana Kentucky district

Interviewer
Anderson, Terry

Access Status

Open

Paul McWilliams, born July 15, 1910, describes his experiences working for the National Forest Service and with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He explains the type of work the CCC did in Indiana. Installing telephone lines, road construction, and planing were a few of their responsibilities. His work for the National Forest Service included land appraisal, acquisition, and surveying.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • National Forest Service
    • Civilian Conservation Corps
    • Hoosier-Wayne National Forest
    • Place Names
    • Bedford, Indiana
    • Hardin Ridge, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • land acquisition
    • forestation
    • land surveying
    • road construction
    • Great Depression
    • Civilian Conservation Corps life
    • land appraisal
    • 1960 Multiple-Use and Sustained Yield Act
    • telephone line construction