100 years ago in the Washie

July 2, 1913

Program for The Splash

In a general way the program for the three days of the Splash has been arranged by the committee. Some changes may be made, but they will not be of a very material nature. The program follows:


11 a.m. — Silas Christofferson in flights in hydro-aeroplane off Eighth street dock.

1:30 p.m. — Log rolling preliminaries, water sports and races, Indian competitions, Hoquiam river.

7 p.m. — Free band concert on Skidroad.

9 p.m. — Reception and ball for governor and officers of warships, Elks’ club.

Skidroad attractions open both afternoon and evening.


10 a.m. — Parade

11:30 a.m. — Address by Governor Lister and patriotic service. Reviewing stand at Seventh and K streets.

11:30 a.m. — Silas Christofferson in aviation exhibition

1:30 p.m. — Loggers’ championship preliminaries, log rolling semi-finals and carnival of water sports, Hoquiam river

5 p.m. — Christofferson in aviation exhibition

7 p.m. — Band concert on Skidroad

9:40 p.m. — Fireworks from airship

Skid road attractions open afternoon and evening.

Saturday’s program will be much the same as that of Thursday, save that the finals in the loggers’ and other competitions will be held, and the evening will be given over to a grand carnival of fun on the Skidroad.

Christofferson’s flights have been set for just before noon each day on account of the fact that the wind is uncertain in the afternoon and the forenoons are usually calm. However, if the weather is propitious, flights will be made in the afternoons, and on Friday, the Fourth, the program is for flights in the afternoon, beginning at 5 o’clock in order to give those leaving on the evening trains an opportunity to see the aviator. A charge of 50 cents and 25 cents will be made for the flights. Other parts of the program are subject to change, though little alteration is expected to occur, as the details have been carefully worked out. The program is not elaborate, but there will be something doing all of the time and the visitors will be kept busy if they see at all.

Warship Fleet To Be Here Early Today

Cruiser Charleston, torpedo boat Fox, submarine A-5 and tender Fortune are due to arrive from the Sound at an early hour this morning to take part in the marine demonstrations during the Splash. The submarine will be the first vessel of its kind in the harbor.

The torpedo boat Fox is under orders to remain on the Harbor during the fall months. A skeleton crew to attend to the vessel while lying in port will be supplied by the navy department. The Fox will be used by the fourth division of the naval militia. The local division will make short cruises off the mouth of the Harbor and the men hope to secure profitable experience in target practice and seamanship.

July 4, 1913

Pageant Will Start Show Today

Great Crowd of Visitors

Expected To Join Splash

Festivities Today

Fully 10,000 visitors in addition to the citizens of Hoquiam are expected to join in the Splash festivities in Hoquiam and there was every indication last night that today and tomorrow will see one of the most notable celebrations and festivals of the Northwest this year.

Though rain late last night put an end temporarily to the festivities, which were fast and furious, a true exemplification of the carnival and celebration spirit, the prediction was for fair weather today.

The grand parade at 10 a.m. will be one of the main features today and will start the entertainment. Indications are that the pageant will be the longest ever held in the Southwest. Reports last night showed some very elaborately decorated autos will be in line, and there are to be a large number of floats, some of them quite elaborate. There also will be a number of unique and comedy features. The organizations and societies will also make a notable showing.

Governor Lister will make the address of the day at the reviewing stand, directly after the parade.

The water sports on the Hoquiam river will see the opening of the logging preliminaries and will see some classy work. These events will begin at about 2:30 o’clock, directly after the aviation exhibition.

The bleachers, to which a small charge is made to cover cost of erection, will seat about 2000. The sports are free, but the committee had the seats erected for the convenience of those who wished to sit down.

The Skidroad and its attractions proved very popular last night and hundreds of people crowded through it until midnight. There was not an attraction which did not get its share of business. The crowds surged in and out of each place and then on to the next.

The carnival spirit prevailed and the best order was kept everywhere.

Crowds See Airship

Christofferson Will Make Flight

at One o’Clock and 4:30 P.M.;

Exhibition Yesterday Interesting

And Beautiful

Probably 3000 people saw Silas Christofferson fly yesterday morning and afternoon over Grays Harbor in two beautiful and successful flights. The flights were made in his own flying boat, the latest thing in overwater machines, and in his work he thoroughly demonstrated at first hand to Grays Harbor people that aviation is a success.

The first flight occurred about 11 o’clock, having been delayed on account of a strong east wind. The other flight occurred at 4:30 p.m. according to schedule.

Today’s program for the aviation part of the Splash is for flights beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until 2:30 o’clock. Another exhibition will be held at 7 p.m. and will last until 8:30 o’clock.

The hours picked for the flights are considered to be the best suited to the crowd’s convenience and to the weather. The committee sought to do its best to please the Splashers and also to conform to the requirements of the weather as concerns wind.

In the flight yesterday morning Christofferson flew twice past the dock in a wide circle, dipped and dived, settled close to the water and arose again in a way to show he had perfect control of the machine and showing what can be done.

In the afternoon a flight of about 15 minutes occurred, and during it the aviator exhibited still more of his ability, though he did not attempt to do any of the real fancy stunts. In the morning flight he carried as a passenger J. Warren Hahne, the millionaire aviation enthusiast, who is in Hoquiam to watch the exhibition. He did not take a passenger in the evening because the sea was running so high the waves dashed over the boat and the water drenched the engine, interfering with the electrical current in the ignition system, and every pound of added weight brought the bow down further and made this worse. On this account he could not take a passenger as the weight would have caused the water to interfere before the machine could rise into the air.

Passengers will probably be carried on the flights today. They will be if the weather is fair and rough water does not interfere. With conditions at all good today Christofferson probably will do some fancy flying. He is noted for spectacular stunts and those who see the flights today will probably learn of things possible with an airship they would not believe unless they saw them themselves.

The visitors today will be given as much notice as possible of the program. The bands will give concerts and an announcer will tell the crowds by means of a megaphone from an auto when the various events are to occur.

A slight accident occurred to the airship last evening when Christofferson attempted to make the last flight, and the machine was slightly damaged, but repairs were made last evening. Incidentally, just before the accident, as Christofferson started out in the machine his manager, Robert Montgomery, gave the airboat a little extra shove in getting it off the float, missed his footing and went into the water. His agility, however, saved him getting very wet.

As the airship slid off the float, with the engine running at about two-thirds speed, a big wave caught the craft on the bow and drenched Christofferson, and what was more serious, his engine short-circuiting the wiring and causing several of the cylinders to miss. He ran down beyond the Grays Harbor mill company’s boom, hoping the engine would get in working order again. Just as it did so the vibration broke one of the rods and this struck the propeller, with the result that minor damage, enough to interfere with the flight, was done. It was easily repaired last night.