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Emil Anderson

Forestry Pioneer

Emil AndersonEmil was born in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1886.  He worked for 32 years in Montana State Forestry as a Firewarden and Assistant State Forester.  He came to Kalispell in 1911, working for a time for the Flathead National Forest, and joined the Montana organization in 1921, at Kalispell.  He was one of the key men in the establishment of the first two-way radios in State Forestry, and eventually became Vice-President of the National Radio Communications Association.  Emil pioneered, with Motorola Corporation, the use of two-way radios in the field.  This was an era in State Forestry when everyone but the office clerk was constantly in the field. 

He was also a member of the Forest Products Research Society.  He was a Mason, a past Commander in the American Legion, and a member of the Knights Templar.  He had two daughters and two sons. 

As one of the early employees of State Forestry, Anderson and Fred Metcalf were in the Army together, and both survived the torpedoing of troopship Tuscania off the coast of Ireland in 1918.  Interestingly, they served in the 20th Engineers in France, the same outfit as Governor J. Hugo Aronson (they did not know him at the time, however). 

While in France, he studied engineering at Toulouse University.  He also had a B.S. in Chemistry, a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and was Phi Beta Kappa.







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