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By Printed with permission from Gene Miller
Upper Swan Valley Historical Society 

Winters Were Long and Often Bitterly Cold

From Gene Miller’s Memoirs, My Growing up Years in the Swan Valley, 1939-49


 Alvin Eugene “Gene” Miller “made his appearance into the world” in 1936 during an, “… early November blizzard that blew into the Flathead Valley.” His parents were Joe Miller and Mabel Kauffman Miller.

“In the spring of 1939 grandfather Kauffman had bought a place near Condon. My parents and I moved there to take care of the place and raise cattle. It was the Hull homestead, so we always called it the Hull Place.”


Smith Flats School

Gene attended the Smith Flats School from 1941 – 1950.

The log cabin school sat about a half mile from the county road that ran along...

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