Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sumas Roundup - "See 'Em Buck!"...part 13 of 15...Promoting the Roundup, 1926 / 27

The following photographs and clippings were kindly shared by Mr. M. Miller, a grandson of Clarence "Leon" Miller of Miller's and Son Mill, here in sunny Sumas.  It is with his generous permission that I am able to post the following:

In 1926, members of the Sumas Roundup Association took a trip, with a Hesselgrave Company bus, loudly promoting the Sumas Roundup to the Elk convention in Tacoma, WA.  They hammed it up and in good humor encouraged all to come to the roundup. 

 Art Linn promoting the Sumas Roundup.
Reverse side of the above photo. The note was sent to Art Linn's wife, Nannie.
left to right:   Clarence "Leon" Miller, Dave Johnson and Art Linn.
The Hesselgrave bus in the background.
This is from the Bellingham Reveille, September 5th, 1925.  Quoted below this picture was the following:
"C.D. Soule (left), treasurer; Charley M. Eneix (center), president, and A.W. Linn (right), secretary, of the Sumas Roundup Association, posed yesterday for this picture, just to show you how they will be extending a glad hand to you today, tomorrow and Monday, the three big days for the annual roundup. Of course the three officers will be too busy to be at the gate extending the welcoming shake to the thousands who enter, but the glad feeling they have for the patrons will be in their hearts.
Three years ago the Sumas Roundup started with a traveling rodeo troupe.  Today it has reached the size of a huge affair, with champions vying with hundreds of contestants from all over the country for prize money in this spectacular event of the big out-of-doors.   The show is owned by Sumas and community, staged entirely by volunteers and pays neither salaries nor dividends.  It is a community project and entered into wholeheartedly by residents of the district."
Another clipping from the Bellingham Herald, September 3rd, 1927 about the Sumas Roundup. It reads as follows:
Art Linn
"Secretary of the Sumas Roundup Association as he will appear on the grounds tomorrow.  Art is known as the 'Lutefisk Preacher' of Sumas.  A little over a year ago, Art was in Tacoma boosting the roundup and gave a Lutefisk talk to the audience in one of the largest café in that city.   For three quarters of an hour the audience sat spellbound not a mouthful was eaten and most of the audience had tears in their eyes - from laughing.  As a treasurer of the vaudeville state, Art would be a big topnotcher.  But when it comes to boosting Sumas and the Sumas Roundup, Art is there with bells.  The picture in the background shows Dave Johnson trying to ride his imported lutefisk horse at the roundup.  The small picture at the bottom is Charlie Eneix introducing Art Linn to the audience."

Another clipping about the 1926 journey to Tacoma to promote the Sumas Roundup.  This picture previously seen in 'See Em Buck'  Part 2,  4 June, 2014. .
 The newspaper text is as follows:
"Leave it to the boys of Sumas to advertise their Roundup.  At the recent Elks convention they were there in force with their own private stage.  They sure owned the city during their stay, and if there is anybody in Tacoma who doesn't know where Sumas is, it's their own fault.   You will notice in the above picture Charlie Eneix, president of the Sumas Roundup.  O.D. Post, dog catcher of Sumas; James Hesselgrave, champion fox-trotter of the Sumas Roundup dance pavilion;  Art Linn, the Lutefisk Swede Preacher; "Red" Thomas who sang the song, "Darling I am Growing Old" at the Tacoma Grill.  Will Grenbladt, mayor of Company M. of the immigration force, made a fine showing drilling his men.  Mr. Dean West made a splendid speech at the Tacoma stadium on the Sumas Roundup.  Mr. L. Wagner spent most of his time bulldogging while in Tacoma.  While William Gaston and his red shirt made quite a hit at the Elk Convention.   They will be all on exhibition at the Sumas Roundup, September 4, 5, 6 and they will sure show you a good time."

Left to right:  C. Miller, treasurer,  Art Linn, Secretary, C. M. Eneix, President and Joe Brown, Vice President.

The same photo as above as it appeared in the newspaper, with a handwritten note on it saying B. Herald Sat.
Again for easier reading:
"Nearly every resident of Sumas takes some part of the successful promotion of the annual roundups.  A fine community spirit has been developed through the staging of the big Western frontier show.  The directors are left to righth C. Miller, treasurer; A. W. Linn, secretary; C.M. Eneix, President; and Joe Brown, Vice President.  George Dunlap, not shown in this photograph is trustee." 


                                                        " Sumas Roundup" by Charley Gant
                                 as it appeared in the Bellingham Herald, 3 September, 1927.
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