Charlie McLaughlin Interview, May 15, 1965


Charlie McLaughlin


Ernest Kraft



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Charlie McLaughlin recalls working as one of the first butchers for the National Bison Range in 1924, explaining how bison were culled and processed as well as what was done with some of the meat. He describes some of the men he worked with to kill and butcher bison including Frank Rose and Ike Melton, and details difficulties they had starting the disposal program. McLaughlin also talks about some of the dangerous experiences he and his co-workers had while herding the buffalo and bringing them in for slaughter.

Document Type

Oral History


National Bison Range; National Bison Range management; National Bison Range disposal program; Bison herds; Buffalo herds; Andrew Hodges; Frank Rose; William J. B. “Ike” Melton; Range management; Livestock management; Field butchering; Bison behavior; George E. Mushbach; Clarence “Cy” Young

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 149-005a

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 transcript (27 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:33:15 minutes

Local Filename

OH_149_005_a.mp3; OH_149_005_a.pdf

Charlie McLaughlin Interview, May 15, 1965