100 years ago in the Washie

June 10, 1913

Masons on Harbor For Annual Session

The annual session of Masonic and auxiliary grand lodges commenced in Aberdeen today in Knights of Pythias hall. The attendance is estimated at 700. Every train brought large numbers from Eastern Washington, the Sound country, and the southern part of the state yesterday. Following today’s morning session, the Northern Pacific will run an excursion train to Pacific Beach exclusively for members of these orders, preparations having been made by Manager Carl Cooper to entertain 700 persons at the Pacific Beach hotel.

Conspicuous in the decorations of the hall is the British flag, placed in honor of the delegates to the grand court of Amaranth, who will come from British Columbia. This will be the second annual convocation of this court. The sessions will be held Wednesday. The delegates will be welcomed by Mayor Eugene France with responses by Herbert A. Noice of Evergreen court No. 2, Grand Prelate John Crawford will offer prayer and George E. Huntley, royal patron, Grays Harbor court, will make the general address of welcome to the delegates with response by Archibald P. Hamil, supreme marshal. There will be addresses by Hon. Lady Linie Everett, grand royal matron, and by Otis A. Crampton, grand royal patron. At the evening session there will be exemplification of work by Seattle court No. 1 followed by the initiation of officers, the closing ceremonies and a banquet.

June 12, 1913

Ugly Rumors are Afloat About Dead Outlaw

MONTESANO — W. H. Abel announced this morning that he would either bring suit for a division of the money paid Giles Quimby for services rendered in ridding the county of John Tornow with his client’s Lathrop’s relatives, or would take action to stop payment of any reward to Quimby.

Abel says that he will bring witnesses to testify that some of the wounds found in the body of Tornow were produced after death — “twenty hours after death.”

Blair’s father is here also, and has made statements on the street. It is said that he can find twenty witnesses to testify that some of the wounds in the body of the dead outlaw were made after death.

It is openly stated that several attempts have been made by Mr. Abel to make some sort of a compromise with Quimby for a division of the money which he might get from the county, and Mr. Abel told the commissioners at a meeting a few weeks ago that in his opinion they had a right to pay the $4000 offered as a reward.

Sheriff Mathews announced several weeks ago, soon after the killing of Tornow, that he had investigated the matter and was satisfied no one had shot into the body of Tornow after he was dead and that if there was any evidence to the contrary he would be very glad to have it — that he didn’t believe there was a word of truth in the rumors. The coroner’s verdict, after examining the wounds of the dead outlaw was to the effect that the wounds had been made before death.

Quimby’s friends say they do not in the least fear a contest. “If this matter ever comes into court,” said one of them, “it will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was Quimby’s bravery and judgment, and his alone, that ridded the county of Tornow. I do not wish to cast any reflections on the bravery of the other two deputies — Lathrop and Blair who lost their lives — for there is no question of their bravery and fearlessness — but they did not obey orders and their failure to obey orders came near causing a failure to get Tornow. It was only the good judgment and following of orders that enabled Quimby to get the man. I am not saying whether or not the county should reward the relatives of Lathrop or Blair or McKennie or Al V. Elmer, but certainly it should reward Quimby. The reward was offered for a certain service, not for an attempt to do a certain service — no matter how brave that attempt was.”

June 13, 1913

Labor Conditions On The Harbor Are Good

That labor conditions are better on the Harbor than they have been for several years is evident by the large number of men employed in the mills, camps and by contractors this spring. Thomas P. Horn, manager of the Citizens’ Free Employment & Information bureau, has just compiled his report for May, which shows 402 people were given permanent employment and over 30 were given short jobs of various kinds. Of the total number the greater portion has supplied the mills and logging camps. There were also numerous calls from smaller employers for help of almost every kind. Positions were secured for 18 women and quite a number of boys secured employment for the summer months.

Manager Horn also reports there seems to be a much better class of labor in the market and that wages in the main are considerably better than they were at this time last year. The supply has just about been equal to the demand. Quite a number of laborers have come to the Harbor from Portland, Tacoma, Seattle and from California, Utah, Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa and other Middle West points. The bureau has assisted the heads of a number of families in securing employment— in fact, has been able to take care of practically all who have applied.

The work of the bureau seems to be more satisfactory than the average free employment office, due no doubt to the fact that employers meet the expense of operations and naturally take a greater interest in its operation. Then, too, the board of directors is composed of business and professional men and business methods are used throughout.

Oregon City Would Welcome All I.W.W.

OREGON CITY — Oregon City officials believe it for the best of all concerned to let agitators of I. W. W. stripe speak to their hearts’ content, so long as their language is temperate and general conduct comports with the law’s requirements. At a conference this afternoon between Mayor Jones, the district attorney, sheriff and other officials, it was determined to invite all I. W. W. and socialist speakers to visit Oregon City and give them full opportunity to speak so long as they violate none of the ordinances of the city. Developments in the paper mill strike here today were few. All the mills are running full time with nearly full crews. No disorders occurred today.