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.
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
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 (26 p.: 28 cm.)
Baker, Tex, "Tex Baker Interview, May 18, 1981" (1981). Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project. 7.