Pictures from University of Montana R.H. McKay Collection

I recently received these photos from Joe Fitzgerald from the R.H. McKay Collection.

Rollin H. McKay was a Missoula, Montana, photographer during the first half of the twentieth century. His extensive collection of images documents western Montana at this time, especially Missoula, the University of Montana, and numerous other towns and recreational areas.

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8 Responses to Pictures from University of Montana R.H. McKay Collection

  1. Bonnie Kroplin says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. I have wonderful memories of several vacation visits in the 1960’s when the lodge was central to the Diamond L Bar Ranch operated by my Uncle Dick Hickey. I loved the interior furniture and rustic decor. My lifelong dream to own an old cabin was clearly inspired by those childhood experiences at the lake and lodge.

  2. Suzanne Vernon says:

    These are awesome pictures! Do you have an ID on the people in the next to last photo? If not, it might be possible to find out by comparing with some other old photos if there is a date. Thanks for sharing!
    Suzanne Vernon

  3. Wendy Drasdo says:

    The info I received is “Margaus McKay on horse circa 1930.

    • Suzanne Vernon says:

      Aha! So the McKays were visitors, as well. That would make sense. Thanks!

      • Suzanne Vernon says:

        The man on the ground with the batwing chaps and the ten gallon hat looks to me like it could be Harold Haasch, but that’s just my wild guess. I’d have to check the dates on when he worked at the Lodge.

  4. Kirsten Duggins says:

    I was at the 33 Bar Ranch when I was 13 in 1966. I fell in love with it. At that time, my Mom’s cousin owned and operated the ranch. His name was Rune (Buff) Hultman. His wife was Dune Hultman and she drove the local school bus as well as helping Rune run his business. The school bus was parked in the side yard. The place was magical. I have included an obituary on Dune that gives a bit more history.

    Eunice ‘Dune’ Hultman
    DRUMMOND – Eunice “Dune” Hultman, 80, of Drummond, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2003, at her home from cancer.

    She was born the fourth of six children Jan. 29, 1923, in Divide, the daughter of Roria “Babe” and Eva (Nail) Wilhelm.

    At a very young age, her family moved to the Swan Valley. Dune attended grade school in Swan Valley before graduating from Missoula County High School. She then attended the University of Montana and earned her associate degree.

    Dune married R.H. “Buff” Hultman in March 1950. Together they ran an outfitting business from their home in the Swan Valley, the 33 Bar Ranch. They outfitted through the Bob Marshall Wilderness until 1975, at which time they bought a ranch and moved to the Drummond area.

    Dune enjoyed playing bridge with her bridge club. She also liked needlework, gardening and haying up until two years ago.

    Dune was preceded in death by her husband, Buff, and four brothers, Lester, Robert, Rodney “Bill” and Joe Wilhelm.

    She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Sandy and Denise Hultman of Drummond; her son, Ted Hultman of Billings; daughter, Mary Schotnokoff of Missoula; sister, Molly Bohna and husband Don of Salmon, Idaho; grandchildren, Ty Hultman of Maryland, Callie Lahner of North Carolina and A.J. Schotnokoff of Great Falls; step-grandchildren, Zak Clark of Boise, Idaho, and Matthew, Meggan and Casey Clark, all of Drummond; and her great-granddaughter whom she called “Monkey Face,” Rashael Clark of Drummond.

    At her request, there will be no services held.

    Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

    • Suzanne Vernon says:

      Good information, all of this. My interest in in ALL of the Swan Valley history, of course! But I especially like the “nicknames” that so many of our elders so proudly wore throughout their lives, like “Buff” and “Dune” – thank you for sharing!

  5. Richard Callaway says:

    We stayed at the July 1 till Sept 1 every year from 1940 till 1950 and have 16 mm films
    showing Cap Laird,Tyne Laird,the Starks,Hickeys, Shorty Shope and others.Having them
    made into DVDs Anyone interested, should feel free to contact me for more information.
    Dick Callaway….nnow in Sarasota,Fl.

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