Lester Barton Interview, December 30, 1980


Lester Barton


Edd Nentwig and Diann Wiesner



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Lester Barton talks about his life and career which includes over 50 years of trapping experience. He tells about working as the game warden for the Montana Department of Fish and Game for 17 years during the mid-20th century and his ten years as a guard at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge. He discusses the use of 1080 poison for animal control in the 1950s, and the negative effects it had on the wildlife that came in contact with it. He also talks about the dangers of handling dead animals that can harbor tapeworms and infectious diseases such as tularemia.


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Document Type

Oral History


Montana Department of Fish and Game; Trapping, Montana; Game wardens; Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge; Fur trappers, Montana; Fur trapping methods; Infectious diseases; Parasite infestations

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 099-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (32 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:02:44 minutes

Local Filename

OH_099_002.mp3; OH_099_002.pdf

Lester Barton Interview, December 30, 1980