By Sharon Gressle and Anne Reinhard
Upper Swan Valley Historical Society 

1929 Fire Survivor Donated to Historical Society


Sharon Gressle

Whalen cabin on original homestead site in 2015.

SWAN VALLEY - In October, Roger Donald generously donated an original homestead cabin to the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS). The cabin, locally known as Grandma Whalen's cabin, will be moved from its current location off Kraft Creek Road to the site of the Swan Valley Historical Museum.

Mary Ann McKenzie Whalen and her husband Roderick moved to Missoula from Michigan in 1917. Mr. Whalen was a building contractor with the Northern Pacific. Several of their children were living in the Missoula area at that time. Their daughter Ellen (Whalen) and her husband Bill Deegan who was...

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