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.
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 or
better yet, visit us at the Old Timers Fair in Matlock, May 3-4.
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
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.
Thanks John, I assume you mean the rifle propped into his body, which is on against a bench. I checked my info. The No. 19010. US 30. No mention of WCF.
The 30 Army (30-03) is rimed and has very much the appearance of the 30-30 (30 WCF) but is longer and fatter than the 30 WCF which was standard in the M1894.
Winchester John is holding in the photos is a M1895 which was chambered in 30 Army, also known as the 30-03 the predecessor to 30-06, not related to the 30 WCF.
Glad you liked the book. The real Tornow story will be out later this year. Watch for announcement here. Hope you found the memorial. Tree is now cleared off it