Our Past | 1954: Sportsmen’s Club holds annual meeting

Selected by Karen Larsen

The following excerpts come from an article published in the March 18, 1954 edition of The Waterville Empire-Press.


Clayton Ogle: New Sportsmen’s Club President

Clayton Ogle was elected as president of the Waterville Sportsmen’s Club last Friday evening at the clam feed, held annually by the club. He received the approval of more than 130 members, who filled to overflowing the Lions building, and who also heard other club officers for the coming year would be Cecil Garrett as vice president and Larry Whitehall as secretary-treasurer. Board members are Charlie Clements, Glen Ogle, Bill Hall, John DeVaney, and Walt Anderson.

Sportsmen from the immediate vicinity as well as the surrounding areas together with Game Department personnel enjoyed some exceptionally fine clams, as well as reports and brief conservation talks.

Top speaking honors of the evening went to Joe Rush who related the highlights of his trip to Orcas Island last summer as a representative of the Waterville Sportsmen’s Club. Joe spoke fluently and humorously of the anecdotes of the excursion.

From the Washington State Game Department, Wes Hunter, who heads its Public Relations Department, spoke briefly on conservation of our game.

Game proctors present were Bob Marsh, Kermit Bergeven and Dale Allen. Roy Strickland, fish biologist who is responsible for the fine fishing we have enjoyed in Jameson Lake, said a few words pertaining to fishing throughout the area and state, and expressed the interest of the department to offer the best possible fishing to the most fishermen.

Roy Osborne, past president, mentioned briefly the club’s efforts of the past year to police the Jameson Lake area, and the Sportsmen’s Club sign at the top of Pine Canyon, seen throughout the hunting season. Thanks were expressed to Rudy Gritsch who gave his advertising space there for this sign.

Hans Polson furnished the films for the evening with “Big Game Hunting in Alaska” and “Wings Out of the North.” Both were exceptionally fine color sound films.