Clarence Young


Ernest Kraft



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Clarence “Cy” Young discusses changes made to the Fish and Wild Service under the tenure of Harold Ickes. He recalls moving to Eastern Montana in the 1910s when he was a teenager to live with his aunt and uncle. Young credits his uncle with teaching him horse-riding and herd management skills. He describes joining the U.S. Army in 1921, serving in the Air Corps and Motor Transport Corps, and training with the cavalry. Young discusses working as a horse-trader with his partner Harry Ross after three years in the service He talks about growing up in Pennsylvania and visiting his uncle’s fruit house. Young recalls how Frank Rose hired him to work on the National Bison Range and describes some of this experiences working with the elk and bison herds.


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Document Type

Oral History


National Bison Range; Bison transportation; Livestock transportation; Elk Creek; Fish and Wildlife Service; Biological Survey; Ickes, Harold L.; Eastern Montana; U.S. Army Air Corps; U.S. Army Motor Transport Corps; U.S. Army cavalry units; Horse trading; Cattle herding; Elk herding; National Bison Range management; Bison herds; Buffalo herds; Elk herds; Frank Rose; William J. B. “Ike” Melton; Range management; Livestock management; Wildlife management

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

National Bison Range Oral History Project, OH 149, 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 149-006b

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min): analog + 1 transcript (27 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:04:49 minutes

Local Filename

OH_149_006_b.mp3; OH_149_006_b.pdf