Oregon Moonshiner Seeks Welcome in China
Scott was a loner, dividing his time between the Ellis and Briant places and sleeping wherever it was most convenient. When he and Henry Ellis had a disagreement over their moonshine business, Ellis took a shot at Scott. A few days later, a neighbor, Mae Webb, called Mrs. Ellis and invited her to dinner. At the end of the call, Mrs. Ellis made a strange request, asking Webb to take in their adopted children if anything were to happen to her and her husband. The Ellis family disappeared before the dinner date, and soon afterward Scott moved into their cabin. Neighbors remember the large bonfire Scott kept raging for days in the front yard of the Ellis place. The sheriff was called but found no evidence of a murder, although Scott eventually served a year for moonshining, and then left for China, where he had heard moonshiners were welcome.
Sources: Rowley, Matthew B. The Joy of Moonshine: Recipes, Knee Slappers, Tall Tales, Songs, how to Make It, how to Drink It, Pleasin' the Law, Recoverin' the Next Day. illustrated ed.: Sterling Publishing Company, 2007. 40-45. Hegne, Barbara M. Country Folk: Butte Falls, Derby, Dudley.: Barbara M. Hegne, 1989. 13-14.