This deerhide chair comes from the Wilcox Family, a family directly descended from Sarah Boone, the sister of Daniel Boone. Sarah is most famous for having shot a Native American through the eye as he rode at high speed swinging an axe towards her husband John Wilcockson. The chair is an early pioneer type chair with a deerhide seat. It was brought from North Carolina by members of the Wilcox family who settled on Knob Hill just after the Gold Rush. The chair was purchased by Captain Vapoor in 1912 for his Bizarrities exhibitions. Famous gunmen, Indian Chiefs, and story tellers – including Mark Twain were said to have spoken of the Pioneer times while seated in this chair.
One of the more unexpected friendships of Captain Preston L Vapoor, was that which developed between he and the Episcopal Arch-Bishop of California, the Venerable William Ford Nichols – now, on the surface, it would seem strange that a world wandering mystic such as Captain Vapoor would become the boon companion of an Arch-Bishop – or vice-versa, but in truth Arch Bishop Nichols was a bit of a mystic adventurer himself – he even wrote a book titled Some World Circuit Saunterings in which he detailed his adventures in many distant lands and with many different people. Arch Bishop Nichols and Captain Vapoor were kindred spirits and spent many evenings telling stories by the fire while drinking (no doubt sacramental) wine in the Bishops house at 2515 Webster Street in San Francisco. In fact, when the Bishop passed away in 1924 – his memories of Captain Vapoor were so fond that he made sure to bequeath to him the chairs in which they passed so many enjoyable hours.