Now let me tell you about Herman Keene. He was a lion hunter. When his son was asked by his 6th grade teacher what his father did for a living he said, “He’s a lion hunter”. The class laughed.
I got a call from a woman who had old Arizona Highway magazines for sale. I’ve learned not to turn down an opportunity to enter a home on any pretense. Arizona Highways are a good portal. I visited the home on 6th St. I passed on the Arizona Highways but did express an interest in old photographs. She had a pile of them that filled the kitchen table. I purchased them all.
I had obtained an archive of Herman Keene. During his life he did a lot of things but for a big piece of it he was a bounty hunter. He ran traps in the Sespe. Once he caught something, like a mountain lion, he shot it and claimed the bounty. Sometimes he used a bow and arrow. Sometimes he posed with a dead stuffed animal with himself acting out the final battle between man and beast.
He had a lot of the animals stuffed. They ended up all over Santa Paula. A lot of them hung at the Mill in its hay day. (Get it?) I have a real photo postcard of a restaurant with his mounts literally covering the walls above the booths.
This snapshot shows Herman in his car in front of the Glen Tavern in Santa Paula.