Richard Kenck Interview, February 14, 1987


Richard Kenck


David Louter



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Richard Kenck describes his experiences growing up in Choteau and on his family’s ranch near the Bean Lakes. He tells about the Native students, most of them who were from the Cree tribe, with whom he attended school. He also recalls the history of his family in the area, including his father who was the first dentist in Helena. He discusses his early interest in fur trapping and how it evolved into a career. Kenck also describes other former trappers and his history exploring the mountains around Augusta, Montana, along the Old North Trail. He speculates about the history of the trail, and how it was both used by Canadian and American indigenous peoples to travel through the mountains and access hunting and gathering resources. Kenck briefly mentions his time serving in the U.S. Army during World War Two.

Other oral history interviews with Richard Kenck are available in Archives and Special Collections as OH 099-019, 020 and OH 099-021.

Document Type

Oral History


Kenck, Richard C., 1906-2002; Augusta, Montana; Choteau, Montana; Bean Lakes; One-room schoolhouses; Dupuyer, Montana; Diamond Bar X Guest Ranch; Great Falls, Montana; Nez Pierce tribe; Cree tribe; Indigenous peoples, Montana; Yellowstone National Park; Chicago, Illinois; World War, 1939-1945; Seabees; Deep Creek; Fur trapping; Fur trading; William “Bud” Moore; Hugh Monroe; Old North Trail; Old North-South Trail; Old Travois Trail; Art Pearson

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Old North Trail Oral History Project, OH 167, 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 167-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:25:53 minutes

Local Filename

OH_167_003.mp3; OH_167_003.pdf

Richard Kenck Interview, February 14, 1987