William R.


William R. Moore


Suzanne M. Vernon



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William “Bud” Moore begins the interview by telling the history of his hundred-year-old sourdough starter which he has given to many Swan Valley, Montana families over the years. He then discusses fur trappers in the Valley and mentions how he documented old trap lines of early homesteaders that he discovered. Moore describes the trappers he knew and the distinctions between different animals and the prices their furs would bring. He recalls how he started trapping in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Moore elaborates on the methods that he and others used when tracking and trapping game. He discusses the grizzly bear population in the Swan Valley and tells the story of a white bear, which quickly became part of the area’s folklore. Moore also discusses the moose population in the Valley as well as the preferred habitats of mountain goats.


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Document Type

Oral History


Fisher population, Montana; Wolverine population, Montana; Fur trapping, Montana; Fur trappers, Montana; Fur trade; Swan Valley, Montana; Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Bitterroot Mountains; Seeley-Swan Mountain Range; Homesteaders, Montana; Mountain goats, Swan Valley, Montana; Grizzly bears, Swan Valley, Montana; Moose, Swan Valley, Montana; Logging, Montana; Seeley-Swan Mountain Range

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 422-036, 037

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:31:13 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_036_037.mp3; OH_422_036_037.pdf

William R.