BBQ SCHEDULED JUNE 20 AT DANA'S
Tracy Travers as Minnie Bauer is flanked by Jayden and Kyler Colby, who played Bauer twins, William and John.
Next meeting will be a BBQ at Dana's in Matlock from 2-6 Sunday, July 20. It's a potluck, bring what you want to BBQ and a side dish. Call Dana 360-229-1680 for directions. He lives near Beeville in an idyllic country setting on a beautiful creek.We
need more people on the committee. If you are interested in participating, please attend. Bill will give an update on his long-awaited book. It's getting close -very close.
After selling out of the Memorial DVDs, we now have a new supply, and they are
available through this site for $12, including shipping, if you are interested. Email bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of us had a terrific time with Mark Woytowich filming the shooting of the
Bauer boys at the Bauer homesite on June 29. Tracy Travers played Minnie Bauer in long-flowing, white period dress. A quick call on Facebook brought in Jayden and Kyler Colby, two 17-year-old twins to play the 19-year-old William and John Bauer. They had never
shot a rifle before, but did very well for our purposes (thanks to some quick tutoring from Dana Anderson). Thanks also to the Hollatz family, we were able to have access to the former Bauer home, inside and out. It was an all-day shoot with Mark videoing
Tracy in various locations inside and outside the home, the boys shooting in the woods, the boys killed in the woods and the boys' bodies brought to the homestead. A later shoot that night was at the cemetery, where Minnie grieved over the gravestones. Some
of us also went atop the ridge overlooking the Bauer homestead, and were able to approximate the route the Bauer boys took on their final hunt. Mark is planning to have an unedited proof of this shoot to show at the BBQ. He is adding this shoot to an earlier
one of about 22 mins. to produce a new DVD. Thanks to all who participated: Bob Dick, Dave Boos, Gerad Low, the Colby boys, Tracy and Rich Travers, Dana and Faaea Anderson, Bill Lindstrom and Mark.
TORNOW BOOTH HIT AT FAIR
Dana shows Mark some of the displays.
Despite steady monsoons all weekend, the John Tornow booth weathered the storm and even made about $400 in sales over the two days. Thanks mostly to Tracy and Rich Travers and their crew, the booth was the best display at the fair (not my words). They
fashioned a rustic rail booth with chicken wire backdrop. Many displays from Dana Anderson were a hit, new signboards pointed the way. Despite Saturday's steady storms, the booth was jammed with visitors from 9-6. We shared the story and visited with a huge
number of enthusiasts. Bill Lindstrom, Tracy, Dana and his wife, Faaea, were in the booth almost all day both days. Justin Madinifard also assisted. Mark Woytowich arranged a bus tour for 11 folks from Mason County tourism through the Timber Heritage group.
Dana and Tracy helped as they went to the Tornow homestead, cemetery and Bauer home. That also was a hit. Thanks to all.
Tracy Travers works on set up of the Tornow display booth.
WANTED: ORIGINAL TORNOW ITEMS
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 email@example.com or
better yet, visit us at the Old Timers Fair in Matlock, May 3-4.
JOHN TORNOW -- 100 YEARS LATER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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.
John's Cabin, one of many
The gun that was taken off John Tornow
When he was shot
Bringing the bodies to town
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
The man who shot Tornow.
Original Tornow shed
Stll standing today
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