Diann E. Wiesner
Lawrence Humble of Hamilton, Montana, describes his time as a trapper and buyer and seller of fur in Montana, starting in 1910. He talks about how a love of the outdoors and his acquaintance with trapper and game warden Charles Peyton led to his decision to become a trapper. Humble talks about the different kinds of animals he trapped, including muskrats, marten, mink, skunks, coyotes, and beaver. He tells how population numbers and fur prices have changed over time, driven by supply and demand. Humble recalls trapping beaver on the Big Hole River, Montana, and his careful study of the fur market to determine when to buy and sell different furs. He discusses different government policies and how they have impacted trapping, and he describes how trapping has changed over time.
Big Hole River, Montana; Trapping, Montana; Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Department of Fish and Game; Fur market; Fur trapping methods; Fur trappers, Montana
Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project, OH 099, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Oral History Number
1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (26 p.: 28 cm.)
Humble, Lawrence, "Lawrence Humble Interview, April 8, 1980" (1980). Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project. 1.