Joe Johnson reminisces about his early life working on a farm in Ohio, as a water boy for a company in Pennsylvania, a short stint in the U.S. Navy, and working in the subway tunnels in New York. He goes on to describe his first experience in Montana, in St. Xavier on the Crow Reservation, where he began trapping beaver and mink. He also talks about his job as a bounty hunter in Arizona hunting coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions. Johnson discusses meeting “real mountain men” like Earl Durand, an outlaw who robbed a bank in Cowley, Wyoming. He describes the trapping methods he used in his later life for rats, beaver, foxes, raccoons, and other animals.
Trapping, Montana; Fur trappers, Montana; Fur trapping methods; St. Xavier, Montana; Bounty hunters; Earl Durand (1913-1939)
Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project, OH 099, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)
Johnson, Joe, "Joe Johnson Interview, July 17, 1981" (1981). Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project. 13.