Joe Johnson Interview, July 17, 1981


Joe Johnson


Edd Nentwig



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Trapping, Montana; Fur trappers, Montana; Fur trapping methods; St. Xavier, Montana; Bounty hunters; Earl Durand (1913-1939)

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Fur Trappers Oral History Project, OH 099, 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 099-017

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:55:08 minutes

Local Filename

OH_099_017.mp3; OH_099_017.pdf

Joe Johnson Interview, July 17, 1981