'Bud' Anderson fought battles after leaving boxing ring

I see much in the stories from 100 years ago about boxing, most recently in a story on Feb. 25, when a beaten and down-and-out Bud Anderson reached Medford to talk about what led to his recent loss.

I've seen his name in there before. What do the history gurus know about him?

— Mike, via phone

Local pugilism doesn't seem to have the same impact today as it once did, wouldn't you say, Mike?

Thanks to the help of our friends at the Southern Oregon Historical Society, we were able to find a little more about Mr. Anderson.

According to the Boxrec online boxing encyclopedia, Bud was born Arthur Jay Anderson on April 8, 1888, in Vancouver, Wash.

MT archives show that he was known as the "Pride of Medford," and he was introduced as such in fights outside this area.

Most of his bouts leading up to his achievement as lightweight champion of the Northwest in 1913 were held in Medford.

Archives show that his loss on July 4, 1914, in Los Angeles marked the beginning of a string of losses. In 1915, he announced his retirement from professional boxing and said he intended to raise livestock on a ranch, according to Boxrec.

The next mention of Anderson in the MT was on July 27, 1919, when word broke that Anderson was seriously injured while working in a shipyard in Vancouver, Wash., during World War I.

A co-worker shot compressed air at Anderson in a prank gone awry, and the force of the air damaged Anderson's lung.

"The news of the tragic episode in his life caused sorrow in this city and valley, and the hope is that life be spared him, though the physicians give no hope," the Mail Tribune wrote in 1919.

Anderson survived, but never fully recovered. He died on May 5, 1943, in Vancouver at the age of 55.

"For years he was an invalid," the May 7, 1943 Mail Tribune stated.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com.

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