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"Chief" William John Compton

by

Ray Hodgson, San Pedro, California


"Chief" William John Compton was born in Michigan in 1862 and died suddedy on Monday, May 16, 1938, of a heart attack. He was adopted by a Sioux Indian tribe and spent his early boyhood days roaming the plains of Nebraska and the Dakotas, where he learned, first hand, the use of the bow he loved so well. Ho came to California 28 years ago and has devoted much of his time to lecturing on archery. He lectured at San Francisco and at Chaffee Junior College, Ontario. He was an outstanding instructor in archery and was a life member of the San Pedro Archery Club. He was the last surviving member of the three adventurous bow men, spoken of in Doc Pope's book as Chief and Doc and Art.