Dr. Saxton Pope

Dr. Saxton Pope

Saxton Pope went to medical school at the University of California, graduating in 1899. He set up a practice in Watsonville, near San Francisco, married Emma Wightman, a medical school classmate, and had four children. In 1912, he became a surgical instructor at the medical school.

Dr. Saxton Pope – Surgeon

Schooling opportunities in the army camps and frontier towns of Pope’s childhood were limited, but he took advantage of that offered and eventually found his way to the University of California were he was graduated in 1899 with honors and a degree in medicine. Soon after his internship he set up practice in Monterey, a small town outside of San Francisco and married Dr. Emma Wightman, a college classmate. They would raise a family of four children; Saxton Jr., Elizabeth, Virginia and Willard Lee Pope. An event unfolded in 1911 that would chart the course of archery history. Ishi, the last Yahi Indian was captured on the 29th of August in Oroville, California. After several days of confinement in the local jail, he was rescued by Professor T. T. Waterman, an anthropologist from the University of California and brought to San Francisco as a ward of the University of California’s Museum of Anthropology. During 1912, Dr. Saxton Pope moved his family to San Francisco and became an instructor in surgery in the University Medical School.

Dr. Saxton Pope – Meeting Ishi

In the summer of 1911, an lone Indian wandered into the white man’s world. He was Ishi, last of the Yahi tribe of Northern California. Ishi was taken to live in San Francisco. When he became ill, Dr. Saxton Pope was called to provide his medical care. Ishi and Saxton Pope became close friends. Ishi taught his doctor friend to shoot the bow and hunt in the Indian way.

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