William Kamhoot Interview 1, circa 1963


William Kamhoot



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William “Bill” Kamhoot describes the lineage and history of the McIntosh’s, one of the first pioneering families in Rosebud County, Montana. Kamhoot recalls the early boundaries of the southeastern Montana counties, and mentions his early career as a musician who played for politicians. He reminisces about early automobiles and the troubles associated with traveling in them and his experiences traveling across the counties playing music. Kamhoot describes the life of a rancher and stockman in Rosebud County, Montana, during the turn of the 20th century. He shares his experiences caring for Shorthorn and Hereford cattle, including herding, dehorning, and shipping them. Kamhoot discusses “issue day” and how a government agent would dole out meat rations to the ranchers and Native Americans who worked for the government. He describes his experiences living in the southeastern part of the state and next to a river and the mining camps near Gilt Edge, Montana. Kamhoot talks about the big ranches in Montana in the late 1800s and early 1900s including the N Bar, the L 7, Two Bar, and the 7 UK. He discusses mining and gold mining in the Judith Mountains (formerly known as Moccasin Mountains) and the cyanide leeching process.


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Document Type

Oral History


Ranch life; Montana ranches; Judith Mountains; Moccasin Mountains; Cyanide leeching; Harry Kendall; Stockman; Hereford; Shorthorn; Issue day; Strange Owl; Pat Spotted Wolf; Gold mining; Gilt Edge, Montana; Lodgepole, Montana; Pioneers, Montana; Homesteading; McIntosh family, Montana; Rosebud County; Romney family, Rosebud County, Montana; Ira Cole; Traveling musicians, Montana; Montana politics; Automobiles; Ranching; Native American tribes

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

William Kamhoot Oral History Project, OH 014, 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 014-001, 002, 003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

3 sound cassettes (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (55 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:59:46 minutes

Local Filename

OH_014_001_002_003.mp3; OH_014_001_002_003.pdf

William Kamhoot Interview 1, circa 1963