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Rocky Mountain Front's first ranger

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Clyde Fickes, in the early 1900s, with horses near Hannan Gulch Ranger Station

compiled/edited by Rick and Susie Graetz, University of Montana, Department of Geography

Authors' Note: This piece is excerpted from a report Clyde Fickes wrote in May 1944. It appeared in "Volume 1 – Early Days In The Forest Service." His words are excerpted with light editing. Fickes retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1947. He died at age 103 on Dec. 29, 1987 – from an accident on the dance floor.

I applied for work on the old Lewis & Clark National Forest in the spring of 1907. Appointed a Forest Guard on July 1st at $60 per month and supplying two horses, and myself I was...

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