One of Col. Tom Sutton's favorite customers was "Wild Bill the Boar
Hunter." He would load up with supplies at the frontier store and disappear into
the woods for months at a time living off the land. He hunted wild boar for their tusks
from which he made and sold Indian jewelry. It was said that the muzzle-loader he used
was over seven feet long. He always purchased his powder, shot, caps and sheets of
wadding from Mister Tom. He would regale Mr. Sutton and his customers with his
experiences of life in the forests. One cold February morning in 1866 he went into the
woods on a hunting trip — and never returned.