Once Upon a (Life)time
A New Home at Seeley Lake
A New Home at Seeley Lake

The Chaffins move their base from Arlee to Seeley Lake.

Our years of outfitting never brought us much in the way of riches, but all-told, our endeavors culminated in a lot of worthwhile memories and a host of good friends. By the time we had started in that business, all of our youngsters but two had flown the nest. By 1953, Allen had gotten a transfer to the Seeley Lake Ranger District, so we moved to Seeley Lake, operated "The Tamaracks" resort for a year and sold our property at Arlee. We took up permanent residence at Seeley and became involved with just about all of the activities that surfaced there, including and especially, the Seeley Lake Women's Club and the Community Hall. While Allen was at the outfitting, packing for the Forest Service, or working at the sawmills, I cooked for four seasons for the Forest Service, then put in one short term for the Anaconda Company's logging camp number nine. Their crew had dwindled to about fifteen to twenty-five men and I was told that I was first woman cook the company had ever had. It wasn't to be my only "first." One day I answered the phone to be told that I was receiving the "first" underwater phone call made in Montana (The phone lines were laid at the bottom of Seeley Lake to access residences across the water.) And then the county road craw cut the barrier string and allowed me to be the first to drive over the new and existing Clearwater River Bridge near the outlet of Seeley Lake!