Jan Smigaj’s famous huckleberry pie raises thousands for Marysville each year

MEGAN MICHELOTTI

Would you ever pay $1,000 for a pie? Well, for Jan Smigaj’s famous huckleberry pie at the annual Marysville Picnic, you might consider it.

“I told one man that I couldn’t make (the picnic) one year, and he said ‘That’s fine, just send the pie,’” Jan said with a laugh. 

Marysville is about a 30-minute drive northwest of Helena. The town boomed in the 1880s and ’90s as a gold camp. Now, it’s a small community with several buildings on the National Historic Register and a historic steakhouse, the Marysville House.

Jan’s husband, Frank Smigaj, grew up in Marysville where his mom was a schoolteacher before they moved to Helena when he was in eighth grade. Jan was a city girl from St. Paul, Minnesota. They’ve been married for 61 years and have lived in Butte for 56 years. The Smigaj family has been attending the Marysville Picnic since it started 52 years ago.

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