Gus Kroll talks about moving to Montana from Texas and homesteading near Moiese. He describes working on the National Bison Range for director Andrew Hodges. Kroll recalls the communities Dixon and Moiese, Montana, prior to the 1940s, and his efforts to help the townspeople build schools and other buildings. He talks about his dislike of Frank Rose, who replaced Andrew Hodges as director of the Range in the 1920s. Kroll briefly describes the horses they used on the Range, the management of the fences and herds, building roads, and Hodges’ philosophy that the Range should be maintained like a park.
National Bison Range; Moiese, Montana; Dixon, Montana; Range management; Homesteaders, Montana; Andrew Hodges; Frank H. Rose; Buffalo herds; Bison herds; National Bison Range management; Livestock management
National Bison Range Oral History Project, OH 149, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Kroll, Gus, "Gus Kroll Interview, circa 1965" (1965). National Bison Range Oral History Project. 1.