Byron Berg and Lauretta Berg Interview, September 11, 1997


Kelly Keim and Cathy Luiken



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Byron Berg describes his father growing up in Castle, Montana, and attending school in Ringling, Montana. Lauretta Berg recalls her history with Martinsdale, Montana, and her family’s logging background in Washington State. Byron discusses the jail in Martinsdale, coal camps, mining in the mountains, and prospectors during and after the Depression era, particularly Bill LaClair. The Bergs offer anecdotes on the changing wildlife population in the area, both prey and predators, particularly ungulates, mountain lion and wolves.

Portions of the interview were deleted at the request of the interviewee.


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Document Type

Oral History


Castle, Montana, Ringling, Montana, schools; Lewis and Clark National Forest; Martinsdale, Montana; Coal camps; Coal mining, Montana; Gold mining, Montana; Prospectors, Montana; Depression, 1929-1939; Bill LaClair; Wildlife population, Montana; Predator control

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Lewis and Clark National Forest Passport in Time Interviews, OH 365, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 365-007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (32 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:50:13 minutes

Local Filename

OH_365_007.mp3; OH_365_007.pdf

Byron Berg and Lauretta Berg Interview, September 11, 1997