Tex Baker Interview, December 19, 1981


(Clarence) Tex Baker


Edd Nentwig



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Tex Baker talks about his first trapping experiences in the Seeley Lake country, including one of his best years of trapping. He explains how he made his own snow shoes to traverse the mountains and creeks. He talks about his relationship with the game wardens of the area, including Harry Morgan. Baker describes Morgan’s background as an outlaw, who ran with a “wild bunch” throughout the area. Baker describes the process he went through to care for his furs and sell them to companies around Missoula and Swan Valley. He also talks about the differences between when he was trapping for a living and the current state of trapping at the time. Baker explains that the wildlife has been depleted so badly that there is no future for trapping as a profession.


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Document Type

Oral History


Seeley Lake; Trapping; Coyote trapping; Game wardens; Harry Morgan, Montana; Swan Valley, Montana; Furriers; Trappers, Montana

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 099-009

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:54:41 minutes

Local Filename

OH_099_009.mp3; OH_099_009.pdf

Tex Baker Interview, December 19, 1981