Harold "Cotton" Smith, Jr.
Chieftain Spirit Fire
At the Tribe of Mic-O-Say's 75th Anniversary Celebration, Harold "Cotton" Smith, Jr., Sachem Spirit Fire, was named as the 75th Presiding Chieftain of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
Harold F. Smith, Jr., well-known as Cotton, was a Cub Scout in Pack 193 and a Boy Scout in Troop 86 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned the Eagle Scout Award with four palms and the Pro Deo et Patria Award, and performed in the Roundup Indian Dance for seven years.
Called as a Brave in 1954, a Warrior in 1955, he received paint recognition as a Firebuilder, Tom-Tom Beater and Runner. He served on the camp staff and also as a Camp Scoutmaster. He was called as a Sachem in 1975. His son, Scott, an Eagle Scout and Tribesman, Sagamore Son of Spirit Fire, produced our great anniversary video, “Strengthened by an Eagle’s Claw.” Cotton and his wife, Sonya, were blessed with two daughters and five grandchildren.
Cotton was a member of the Council Executive Advisory Board for 30 years and earned the James E. West Award. Over the years, he served in many Scouting capacities including Webelos Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Scoutmaster. Also, he chaired the Marketing Committee, School Night For Scouting, the inaugural Scout-A-Rama, and served on other Council committees such as the Eagle Scout Fountain Rededication, Paul Arend Memorial, the Council Merger, the 50th Mic-O-Say Anniversary Celebration, and the Co-Chairman of Generations Past for the 75th Anniversary Celebration. Cotton wrote “Trail To Eagle,” a history of the first six decades in Kansas City Scouting. He received the highest award that can be bestowed by the Heart of America Council, the Silver Beaver Award. He also received the Silver Coup, the highest honor bestowed by the Tribe.
His contributions to our Tribe are many. He was the creator of the First Coup Ceremony, the Dog Soldier Clan, and was the co-creator of the Spirit Trail. The Spirit Fire Trail was renamed in his honor. He produced the first series of Inner Circle magazines and wrote the book, “Tribesmen Arise!” the history of the first 75 years of Mic-O-Say. He was a Lifetime Dog Soldier and his name will be found among those in the Tribe who have committed to the Dollar-A-Day portion of the “Keeping Our Promise” Capital Fund Drive. His creativity can be found in a number of Mic-O-Say programs and ceremonies.
Professionally, Cotton was a well-known marketing consultant who was honored with three International CLIOs, the Oscars of advertising. He was an acclaimed author of nearly 30 western novels. He was co-creator of an original musical, “First Light,” written and produced for the first televising of the world-famous Country Club Plaza Christmas Lighting Ceremony. He was a Past President of the Western Writers of America; past president of the Saddle and Sirloin Club; and a member of the Advisory Board of the KU International Programs.