Saturday, Nov. 23, Sunday, Nov. 24 at Elma

Join us for book selling, signing

Two weeks from today, Sandy Crowell and I will be selling, signing and talking about our books at the annual Elma Christmas Bazaar, Nov. 23-24 at the Grays Harbor County Pavilion. Come get an early Christmas gift. Bill will be selling "John Tornow: Villain or Victim?" and "Strait Press: a History of News Media on the North Olympic Peninsula." I'll also be talking about my next book on the nefarious Billy Gohl. Sandy will be signing "Land Called Lewis: A History of Lewis County."

The 20th annual Saginaw Days festival is Sat., Sept. 21 and the Tornow committee will be there, selling and signing books and selling Tornow memorabilia. Starts at 10 a.m., show begins at 11. Free admission.


This photo of Tornow propped on a bench was one of the original post cards.

If you have any historical items from the original days of the John Tornow story (1911-1913) the Tornow Victims Memorial Committee would like to hear from you. We are particularly interested in the Tornow gun that he had used. That's the .30 .30 Winchester (Actually 30 WCF). I have the serial No. from the sheriff's office, so we can easily identify it. We have heard that the gun is in the area. We are also interested in collecting all the Post Cards. Dana Anderson of the committee says there may be as many as 20 different ones. There may also be a Tornow signature out there somewhere. He did sell pelts and other trapping materials and he also bought property in Aberdeen. If you might have any of these items, email . 

Thank you

Bill Lindstrom


Oct. 29, 2013
New book: John Tornow - 100 years later
Several people have asked me how to get the Tornow 100 years later book. This is a full-color, hardback 34-page edition. Response has been terrific. Some libraries and area museums now have it. Perfect for the Tornow enthusiast or the coffee table. It includes a brief Tornow story, but mostly pictures. There are many historic photos that were made into postcards, but it also includes everything that has transpired in the last 100 years - from the tombstone dedication in 1987 to the Matlock forum, to the re-enactment and memorial dedication in March and April,2013. Also included are tours made by the Lathrop brothers when they were here in April. It's a keepsake.
To get your copy, email
I will send you a link to preview. This book is $68, including tax and shipping.
Apr. 16, 2013
On April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. there was a dedication of a monument in remembrance of those who where killed at Tornow Lake in 1913. The site is located at mile marker 27 on the Wynooche Valley Road near Montesano WA. Brochures are available at most museums and historical societies to tell you more about John Tornow, the victims and the Tornow Committee. The brochures will also guide you to the site of the memorial, the site of Grove Cemetery, where John, his parents and the Bauer twins are buried. DVDs of the memorial dedication will be available to purchase soon. Stay tuned for more information.
May. 16, 2013
Re-enactment DVD teaser link
This link will take you to a 2-minute preview of the DVD from the re-enactment and Matlock Forum. Information is there on purchasing the entire DVD.
Cut and paste this address. Or go to the DVD link under re-enactment DVD for a direct link.


Rotten tree falls on memorial.

Thanks to Dana and Faaea Anderson, the tree that fell acrosss the memorial is now cut up and mostly cleared away. The path to the memorial is now clear all the way. This photo is one Bill Lindstrom took in early April.Thankfully, the memorial emerged unscathed due to its solid construction. The plaques also didn't appear damaged. The only tree in the area to fall and of all the directions it could have fallen, it hits the memorial. We expect to erect a permanent laminated brochure to identify the cedar posts soon. 

John Tornow
Bauer Twins

On a sunday afternoon of September 1911 William Jr. and John Bauer were shot near their home on the Satsop River while hunting a bear. This is when the 19-month manhunt began.
William and John Bauer's Home

Located near the banks of the Satsop River.
Bauer Home today

The home still stands today.
William and John Bauer
John's Cabin, one of many
The gun that was taken off John Tornow
When he was shot
Bringing the bodies to town
John Tornow Shot
Kind regards
John Towrnow Memorial Committee
John's body is tied to a tree. A postcard was made from this photo.
The Tornow Family
Ffrom left back: Albert, John, Minnie, Fred; Front row, from left: Louisa, Ed, Frederick, William. Photo, circa 1892.
William Jr. and John Bauers Graves
Located at Grove Cemetary near Matlock WA
Giles Quimby
The man who shot Tornow.
Original Tornow shed
Stll standing today

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Dave Kellett | Reply 16.04.2019 15.46

Other commentators have correctly identified the rifle as a Winchester Model 95 Carbine. The most likely caliber is "30 US", otherwise known as 30-40 Krag.

Bill Lindstrom | Reply 18.09.2016 02.32

No. 1 is campsite, No. 2 where Tornow stood behind a hemlock tree. No. 3 where Blair and Lathrop fell, No. 4 where Giles Quimby stood when he killed Tornow.

Michelle Hatfield | Reply 18.09.2016 00.53

Bill Lindstrom, My husband & I love your book, thank you. We visited the memorial & are wondering exactly what the # posts mean??

john p sullivan | Reply 26.09.2014 09.53

Appreciate your work.

Bill Lindstrom 29.09.2014 21.27

I have a presale on my new book. Villain or Victim? on Tornow. Deadline extended to Oct. 4. Details go to

Bill Lindstrom | Reply 22.07.2013 12.22

You are so right and observant. The Model 94 Marlin belonged to A.V. Elmer, his third victim. Tornow's gun was a Model 95 30 carbine U.S. Army.

lee schlender | Reply 22.07.2013 11.04

The phamplet states that he had a Model 94 Marlin lever action in his hands.

The gun in the photos is a Winchester, Model 95 , carbine. Likely 30. cal army.

Fred Landon | Reply 11.07.2013 21.45

Very interesting. I love learning about history :) Great job!!

Bill Lindstrom 29.09.2014 21.28

I have a presale on my new book. Villain or Victim? on Tornow. Deadline extended to Oct. 4. Details go to

Darlene Henson | Reply 07.06.2013 22.41

Where is the Bauer House located at?

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19.10 | 10:22

The theft of gold js something manufsctured by pulp fiction writers (magazines). The sheriff and none of the newspapers wrote about it.

19.10 | 00:45

If John didn't steal the gold, then did any gold get stolen at all? Is there any truth to the stolen gold story from the store/ post office in Satsop?

16.04 | 15:46

Other commentators have correctly identified the rifle as a Winchester Model 95 Carbine. The most likely caliber is "30 US", otherwise known as 30-40 Krag.

29.01 | 19:27

David, there is no truth to the theft o $15,000 in gold coins; not John's style and he could not carry that much gold. Another rumor cast off to John.

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