Ed Mosier



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Vincent “Vince” Simons describes moving to Montana from South Dakota by hopping a boxcar in 1931 in hopes of finding a lucrative job as a miner during the Great Depression. Simons recalls finding a job in 1933 with a gold dredging operation in Pioneer Gulch, Montana, working for the Pioneer Placer Dredging Company. Simons discusses the construction of the Mosier dredge, what sorts of materials were used in the construction process, the mechanics of the dredge in operation, and discusses the volume of earth the dredge could move and particularly large strikes. He also views photos of the dredge that indicate the various stages of construction and points out the different pieces of equipment and how they functioned. Simons talks about disputes among dredge workers and instances of “crookedness” within the dredging operation, as well as disputes between the company owners and surrounding landowners.


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Document Type

Oral History


Great Depression, 1929-1939; Pioneer Gulch, Montana; Wall City, Montana; Powell County, Montana; Gold Creek Mining Company; Pioneer Placer Dredging Company; Gold mining; Mosier dredge; Dredge mining; Gold mines and mining, Equipment and supplies; Dredges, Design and construction

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Unions and Labor Oral History Collection, 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 216-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (30 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:56:16 minutes

Local Filename

OH_216_001.mp3; OH_216_001.pdf