I made a visit to the Tornow Victims' Memorial (26.9 miles) up the Wynooche Valley Rd. last week and discovered that a very large rotten tree had fallen directly across the memorial. Thankfully, the memorial emerged unscathed due to its solid instruction.
The plaques also didn't appear damaged. The only tree in the area to fall and of all the directions it could have fallen and it hits the memorial. Some members of the commitee will likely get up there and cut the tree in pieces so it can be removed. Now it
obstructs not only the monument, but the end of the path to the memorial. If you go, when you reach the downed tree, veer right to the memorial. We expect to erect a permanent laminated brochure to identify the cedar posts soon.
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.
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, show up our next committee meeting, Thursday, April 3 at the Beehive Restaurant in Montesano or at the Old Timers Fair in Matlock, May 3-4.
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?
Take Brady-Matlock Rd. about 2 miles past the homestead, turn left on West Boundary CUTOFF to a T, go across the road and down a driveway. 2nd house.
How do you get to the old homestead?
The Tornow homestead is about 9 miles up the Brady-Matlock Road on the left side. But the only existing structure is a small shed in the back.
Loved the ceremony last month. We were impressed with the site itself, the new monument and the organization it must have taken to put together. Great website.
my grandmother knew this family.....
I researched the case for years. I really have no idea, exactly what happened. My grandfather knew John, said he was the best shot he ever seen.
I'll send you one now! Thanks!!!!
26.9 miles up the Wynooche Valley Rd.Send me email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can't write much on this email
I would love to know where the memorial is. I've driven up there several times and couldn't find it.
Ralph is a icon in my book..