"A Job with Room & Board"
By John B. Taylor
When he retired in the late 1960s, pioneering Montana forester John B. Taylor recorded a memoir on tapes. Taylor’s engaging narrative was transcribed by journalist and editor John C. Frohlicher, a contemporary of Taylor’s who claimed that his hardest task was overcoming Taylor’s “incredible modesty.” The result is "A Job with Room & Board," recently published by Mountain Press. Another well-known Montanan, John N. Maclean, provides a foreword.
The memoir consists of usually short essays, arranged both chronologically and thematically, with groups of chapters devoted to subjects such as animal encounters, firefighting, and interactions with local interests. Period black-and-white photographs, many showing Taylor in the field, augment the text, though the “front loading” of the illustrations creates the impression that the images ran out before the book was completed.