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Buttle, Arthur James “Bud” Hitchcock

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:42 am    Post subject: Buttle, Arthur James “Bud” Hitchcock Reply with quote

Pacific Grove Beacon, CA June 27, 1997
Buttle Knew Where Bodies Were Buried
By Neill Gardner
Jack Buttle, who joined Sam Morse’s organization in 1919, came to be known as the “Sheriff of Del Monte Forest.” The magazine Game and Gossip said he weighted in at about 200 pounds and stood “over six feet with his shoes off.” A Monterey Herald story written following Buttle’s retirement part in 1961 said he was “rotund and tight-lipped.” It also referred to him as the law in Pebble Beach and claimed he had gone through seven horses during his 40-off year career. In the early years, Buttle worked from sunup to sundown. Among his many chores was that of keeping cows off the golf course. He also was the company’s chief forester. It took two men to replace him when he retired. Born in San Francisco, he moved with his parents to Pacific Grove as a youngster. Another magazine story said an old friend described him as being “pretty lively.” It also reported that he worked in a livery stable as a lad. That may have helped prepare him for his job with Morse, where he spent much of his time on horseback. During World War One, Buttle worked with the railroad in Montana, preparing remounts for shipment to France. Daisy Buttle was working for Morse when she and Jack were married. She was chief tolltaker at the Lighthouse (Pacific Grove) Gate. By the time Jack retired, tolls had risen to 75 cents. The Buttle home adjacent to the gate was built especially for them. Margaret Potter Smith described Daisy as “pint-sized, friendly and an excellent housekeeper and cook.” These days, some recall Daisy opening the gate by pulling a rope, and remember the colorful parrot she kept in a cage. “I used to push my babies in a buggy through nothing but woods, all the way to City Hall,” Daisy told Smith. Jack’s corral, not far form the house, often was visited by foxes, raccoons and deer. In those gentler times, Jack had to tak everyone under his wing. If a little old lady didn’t make an appearance for a few days, someone would be sent to check on her. The walls of the gatehouse were adonred with ntoes. “The Smiths are in Europe for two months. Keep an eye on their palce.” “The Jones are away. Their nephew is living in their house.” According to oldtimers, Buttle was a man who could tell exciting real life stories, but refused to name names. On eyarn involved his catching three Carmel youths who had stolen 43 radios from Forest homes. Buttle said, “They are all prominent, respected people now.” Another time, Buttle took a gun away from an unruly inebriate, saying the man could have it back “when he was ready.” Jack still had the gun when he retired. Many of his calls were to quiet down noisy parties or settle domestic brawls. He said that if he had talked about them the reports would have exploded into the national press. In one such case, a millionair’s son broke into several Pebble Beach homes. Jack caught him, then handled the matter quietly. Buttle said his ability to keep his mouth shut had brought some fine cigars and good liquor his way. A small group honored Buttle at his retirement party at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Morse presented him with a Jo Mora statue of a cowboy astrice a horse. Attendess included Sheriff Victor Tibbs, Joseph Fratessa, Harry Hunt, Jack Neville, Cam Puget, Henry Puget, Julian Graham and Otis Kadani. One writer described Buttle as having “a broad outlook on human behavior. This may have been reflected by the company he kept. Pacific Grove Police Chief Ernest mcAnaney was among his fishing companions. Other friends recall happenings where no one was allowed to die of thirst and where incidental gunfire was not a matter of great concern.
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