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
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?
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.
Sure, I remember you helping quite a bit. I think you 8 or 9 at the time. Yes, he and Nathan did a terrific job. Hundreds of people have been there.
My brother was the Eagle Scout who made th monument. I have been back recently for the first time since we finished. Looks great!
Thank you Kyle. It is an intriguing story, one we will probably never fully know or understand.
I grew up in Grays Harbor & fished the Wynoochee & Satsop frequently & heard the stories as a kid. His story still intrigues me to this day.