The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 7
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS SUNDAY, MAY 31, 1998 fll Ifs a jungle in there Minneola diner features stuffed wildlife from North America By SUSAN THACKER The Hulchinson News MINNEOLA — Tim's Diner in Minneola is never totally empty, even when it's closed. The diner at the junction of U.S. Highway 54 and U.S. Highway 281 in Clark County is populated with a menagerie of North American wildlife that owner Tim Smith has hunted and had stuffed over the years. The wildlife include a black bear, a brown bear, moose, caribou and antelope. Other animals are the white-tailed deer, mule deer, bobcats, mountain lion, wild sheep and boar. Bird-watchers who peer into Smith's wildlife display might glimpse pheasants, a prairie chicken, a sharp-tailed grouse, three or four variety of ducks and three kinds of quail. While the food at Tim's Diner is typical fare with no surprises — generous quantities of fried burgers, tenderloin sandwiches and enchiladas — the wildlife display sets this eatery apart. Kansas City truck drivers Scott Suddarth and Harold Easter are typical of first-time diners. On a recent sunny afternoon, they stopped in for lunch and wound up asking Smith about his collection. The first thing they wanted to know was if Smith was the hunter who killed the bear. Smith admitted he was. "Bear — what's that taste like?" Suddarth asked. Smith told him it tastes like, well, bear. "It wasn't too bad," Smith said. Easter walked to the adjoining dining room to see what everyone was talking about. When he returned a few minutes later, he expressed amazement. "I've been driving by here for 10 years and didn't know this SUSAN THACKER / The Hutchinson News Tim Smith, the owner of Tim's Diner in Minneola, holds a stuffed snake from the wildlife display in his diner. The Clark County diner is populated with many of the North American wildlife that Smith has hunted over the years. was here," Easter said. Smith and his wife, Hattie, bought the tiny, old-fashioned diner nine years ago and added the long dining room the following year. The addition boasts a full wall that Smith has enclosed, placing his wildlife display behind glass. It's a great conversation starter, Smith said, adding that most comments he hears are positive. "Maybe one or two anti- hunters a year come in," Smith said. "Maybe less than that." Granddaughter Whitney Smith, who waits tables at the diner, said the animal in the display that gets the most comments is a 7-foot-long rattlesnake. "That's the one thing everybody asks about," she said. It's 8'/z inches around at the largest point and has a 4-inch rattle. It's also the only animal in the display that Smith didn't kill himself. He bought it in west Texas. The animal that posed the greatest hunting challenge was the moose, which weighed 1,600 pounds. Smith and his hunting partner trailed it for seven days, and then it charged them. It took four shots to kill the moose, Smith said. All that's missing from the wildlife display are fish. Smith said he's never bothered to have his fish mounted, although he claims he once pulled in a 57-pound catfish while bare-hand fishing in Oklahoma. Hattie Smith said the family- operated diner has become familiar to local customers, those who travel the highways regularly, and a flock of snowbirds that trek west on U.S. Highway 54 every winter on their way to Arizona, returning every spring. Tim Smith still hunts, and neighbors are usually willing to allow him on their property. To show his appreciation, he cooks up a free dinner of quail and pheasant two or three times a year. Day Trips from $5 or $1O en.! • Fort Randall from 2/$39, 95 (double) • or... extended deluxe trips! SIMS' 60S S. OHIO/p.O. 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