A Tale Of Cattle And Buffalo — With A Whisker Of Cat And Dog

This handsome chap is A.H. Leonard, a son-in-law of the famed James “Scotty” Philip of Fort Pierre, S.D., and my dad’s hometown of Philip, S.D. Philip was known as a cattle and buffalo ranching king. Leonard continued on as sales manager for the company after Scotty’s untimely death in 1911.

The photo is from a brochure from a tannery that operated in the mid-1920s in the Detroit Lakes, Minn., area, and had a connection with the Philip buffalo ranch. The March 31 issue of Agweek carries my column on this topic.

One of the things that surprised me about the tannery is that they had a price list that included work with “cat skins (domestic)” and dogs. Times have changed.