SUNSET, The Pacific Monthly 1919, Volume 42-43, page 48,1919 Edition
Do you remember, when William F. Cody brought his Wild West Show to town, a slender young man in velvet togs who rode a bucking bronco into the arena, or from his running horse shot eggs thrown into the air? They called him "Dead Shot Jack" and "Cherokee Jack," but he was Abigel (named for his grandmother) Andrew Jackson Gaylor, and the adventurous life he led on the frontier in later years qualified him for the picturesque job he now holds, that of forest ranger in Yosemite National Park, where he polices seven hundred square miles out of a total park area of eleven hundred square miles, the largest patrol of any ranger. This means constant alertness during the dry season against fire; protection of game; patrol of the border to keep liquor and fire-arms from being smuggled in and valuable minerals from being smuggled out; prevention of trespass by sheep-and-cattle men with their enormous herds; transplanting of fish in the numerous streams, rivers and lakes; escorting of Government officials and other distinguished visitors. To these regular tasks are added countless irregular ones, such as testing dangerous trails after heavy winter storms and swimming rivers on horseback. Once he ate lunch in the fork of a tree, leaving a mark there, the snow being twenty-five feet deep beneath; and more than once he has saved human life. When Gaylor was a mere boy, Indians raided their little Wyoming town and killed his father. Soon after this his mother moved to Texas with her children and he rode cattle on the plains. At seventeen he became foreman of a large cattle ranch in Wyoming, where he remained ten years; but life became too tame, so he fought Indians for Uncle Sam and thus attracted the attention of Buffalo Bill. He volunteered in the Spanish-American war, went to Cuba with Roosevelt's Rough Riders, then to the Philippines, where he was made packmaster until the war closed. In 1890 the Government sent a troop of cavalry under Major Benson to police the Yosemite. Here "Cherokee Jack" was transferred in 1905 to act as pack-master to the Major. The following year he was made ranger. -SANCHIA SANFORD.