Tex Baker Interview, May 18, 1981


Clarence "Tex" Baker


Edd Nentwig



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Tex Baker discusses his 70 years of experience trapping and selling furs. He recalls that he began trapping at age six on his father’s homestead in Wyoming and later moved to New Mexico to trap coyote, fox, and lynx. Baker notes that when he wasn’t working his lines, he worked on local ranches breaking horses, or riding in the rodeo circuit. He describes moving to Montana around 1930 and becoming interested in the more heavily regulated beaver industry. Baker talks about Kid Young, one of the better known beaver trappers in the Seeley Lake region, and Harry Morgan and Bill Eckerson, the game wardens at the time. Baker mentions the changing government regulations regarding fur-bearers since he started trapping, and states that one can tell a lot about a person by the care they demonstrate in preparing their furs. He discusses selling furs to F. C. Taylor Fur Company in St. Louis, Sears and Roebuck, and L. M. Goldberg Fur Company [Leo M. Goldberg Fur and Wool House, Inc.] in Helena, Montana.


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Document Type

Oral History


Trapping, Wyoming; Trapping, New Mexico; Trapping, Montana; Trappers, Montana; Seeley Lake, Montana; Trapping equipment; Snares; Trapping lures; F. C. Taylor Fur Company, St. Louis; Sears and Roebuck Company; Leo M. Goldberg Fur and Wool House, Inc., Helena, Montana; Kid Young, Montana; Harry Morgan, Montana; Bill Eckerson, Montana

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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 099-008

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (26 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:55:48 minutes

Local Filename

OH_099_008.mp3; OH_099_008.pdf

Tex Baker Interview, May 18, 1981