June 15, 1914

June 15, 1914

A.J. Smoot, the pioneer settler of the Butte country unsurveyed, was a Medford visitor Monday. Mr. Smoot was a buffalo hunter in the days of Buffalo Bill and knew many a hunter whose record excelled that of the famous scout in number of buffaloes slain. He hunted from 1868 to 1884. The pelts sold for from $1.50 to $2.00 each. The animals were skinned with a team, the hide being cut around the head with a knife and the body stripped by use of the team.

Mr. Smoot declares that the slaughter of the buffaloes was in the interest of civilization and encouraged by the government, as the ranges used by the buffalo were available for cattle.

A dog that was mourned as lost came back to the family of Dr. Hill Saturday, when the auto in which Dr. Hill and family were riding overturned near the Bybee bridge a month ago, the dog, of the Airdale breed, was pinned beneath the car. The next day when Court Hall went to bring the car back to town he found the dog lying underneath, apparently lifeless. He threw it over a fence into a clump of willows, and the Hill family gave up their pet.

A few days after Mr. Hall so unceremoniously heaved the dog over the fence, W. Morgan of Central Point happened along and heard whimpering. He investigated and found the dog badly injured. He took the animal to his home and nursed it back to health.

Friday a neighbor of the Hills saw the dog in Central Point and told Dr. Hill, who went to see for himself. As soon as the family pet caught sight of his master he began to bark, and in a doggish way expressed great joy. He was taken back home and a feast of choice crumbs and meats set on the back porch for the return of the lost pet.