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Smiths return to the basics after 40 years


Marie Smith Lowell, Syringa 926-4430


Mike and Marie Smith are pictured here at Three Rivers in 1976.

— Whew, it finally cooled off to the high 80s this past weekend, what a relief.

Mike and Marie Smith, (that would be me) and their sons, Mike, Jr. and Marty will be heading into their 40th year in the resort and rafting business. They purchased the resort on July 10, 1976, from the Andrews family. It was built by Vern McPhearson in 1962 as cabins for steelhead fishermen the same year the highway was paved to the Montana line. In the early years it was a winter spot to get inside during your fishing trip in February and March.

The Smiths, all 11 of them, have recently gone back to the basics of lodging, banquets and rafting. We don’t cut wild game, we sold the tow truck and diesel mechanic equipment, and we don’t have gas, laundry or camping. We don’t pull teeth or cut hair anymore, but if you stay in a room or cabin the pool is open as always. So, happy anniversary to us. The next 40 years should be a little easier, or not!

I guess we still have to eat right, exercise, pay our bills and be nice!

We have a five-day upper Selway launch this week with some lower Selway residents on board. The Davids, Paddisons and Shindels, along with their sons and grandchildren and friends, are all flying in to the “upper” from Hamilton, Mont. Thanks again for the break in the weather!


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