Lester Barton and Tex Baker Interview, February 14, 1981


Edd Nentwig and Diann Wiesner



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Lester Barton discusses his life and career as the game warden for the Montana Department of Fish and Game for 17 years, a prison guard for ten years, and his experience as a fur trapper. He describes working as a game warden in the Butte-Silver Bow area of Montana, including his encounters with men who worked for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. Barton also talks about working at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, and the aftermath of the prison riot there in 1959, when Deputy Warden Ted Rothe was shot and killed. He discusses his trapping methods and his use of different traps and snares such as Huckman, Gregerson, and Conibears, which he employed to trap bears, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, beavers, muskrats, and other wildlife.

Audio contains two interviews, one with Lester Barton and a brief conversation with Tex Baker. Baker is also present during Barton’s interview.


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Document Type

Oral History


Montana Department of Fish and Game; Trapping, Montana; Game wardens; Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge; Prison riots; Fur trappers, Montana; Fur trapping methods; Deer Lodge, Montana; Archie O’Claire

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 099-003, 004

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (50 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:00:52 minutes

Local Filename

OH_099_003_004.mp3; OH_099_003_004.pdf

Lester Barton and Tex Baker Interview, February 14, 1981