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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
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.
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.
Bill Lindstrom, My husband & I love your book, thank you. We visited the memorial & are wondering exactly what the # posts mean??
Appreciate your work.
I have a presale on my new book. Villain or Victim? on Tornow. Deadline extended to Oct. 4. Details go to www.facebook.com/pages/Villain-or-Victim
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.
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.
Very interesting. I love learning about history :) Great job!!
Where is the Bauer House located at?
The theft of gold js something manufsctured by pulp fiction writers (magazines). The sheriff and none of the newspapers wrote about it.
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?
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.