Reno Hurchinson Murder
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1921 SAID SHE KILLED RENO HUTCHINSON Woman Confessed to Murder inf Former Hutchinson Maa. WAS SON OF FOUNDER a few of the facts on which' we can check »re true." Reno Hutchinson, Named (or County, Was Murdered Fifteen Year* Ago. A woman on hor deathbed tn Vancouver, B. C, declared she shot down Reno Hutchinson, by mistake, fifteen yeasr ago, In Spokane. Mrs. Opal Ambler Klien, formerly of Ilutclilnson.now living In the northwest, has sent a clipping from tbe Portland Orogonlan to JUCIRO F. L. Martin, which tells of the recent confession "of the dying woman. Reno Hutchinson was born In Hutchinson. He was the son of C. C. Hutchinson, founder of the city and In whoso honor the city was named. The son was named tor "Reno" county. Hu left here many years ago and fifteen years ago was shot and killed In Spokane. Wash. It was thought St the time It was a case of mistaken * Identity. The Oregonlan has the following story under a Spokane date: A purported dying statement of a woman who was reported to have declared that she shot down Reno Hutchinson, general secretary of the Young Men's Christian Association here in 1906, was said by police today t<» have shed light on a intirdor inys tory that has baffled the loear offlc »rs for 15 years. According to a statement which Pol'.ce Captain Miles said today had been made (o him by a resident ol Vancouver, }). C, the woman declared on her deathbed that she shot Hutchinson by mistake Tor a banker ol thjs city who formerly had been heart of a financial institution In Vancouver, ill the failure of which she had lost a sum of money. She did not learn her mistake, she was represented to have declared, Until after she had left the city and did not return to execute hor design for fear of d» tertian. Captain Miles said his informant declared the worn- sn hail charged him to slve the explanation to the authorities bore. The names of the woman, her Intended victim and the man who made the statement wore not nuido public by the police. Story Is Related. The story the\man told to Captain Miles follows: A well-known resident of Spokane, Jjust before coinini; bore, was a member of a financial house which failed St Vancouver. Tin: night before it Closed Its doors a Vancouver woman, who had been running a hotel noli! It »nd deposited several thousand dol- .lars In the Institution. The next day It failed. Hor attempts to recover her money were unsuccessful. She vowtvl in court that she would kill the man wuom sin blamed for the loss of her money. 1 The financier moved to Spokane, bought a home on the south side and Went Into business hero. The hotel woman found where ho bad gone and came to Spokane, unaccompanied. Kile lay la wait on the night of October 15, lSOil", On tbe struct whero she knew the financier would go home. Mr. Hutchinson in a general way resembled the Intended victim. Thinking It was hor ex-banker, the woman walked towar dhim and fired the fatal shots. In the darkness she escaped Without detection. Secret Is Kept, Later, on obtaining Spokane papers, the woman learned her mistake, but tearing that she might bo recognized 'If she returned, eUe UCVCT came back to carry out her original intention. Vntil the time of her death, as far as Is known, she had never made her secret known. • The deathbed confession was made to the man who told the story to the police today, he said. He was a close friend of hers and had known ber for years, he said. "The roan, who woula not give his name, said he would toll his story only so the police might have the mystery cleared up," Captain Miles said. He said It was the woman's request to him that if ho came to Spokane be would eiplaln the matter to the officers. "There Is no way now to verify the story, except to find whether or not The Portland Story, The Spokane dispatch clears up a mystery that has baffled police and remained unsolved for IB years. No reason could ever be found for the killing of Reno Hutchinson, who bad been connected with the Portland Y. M. C. A. as religious work director up until shortly before his death, when he was trsnsferred to Spokane as general secretary there. His sister, Alice Hutchinson of Portland now employed In the office of Strong & MacNaughton, declared consistently that neither robbery nor personal hatred could have been the motive for the murder. It was at first thought that a certain man had killed Hutchinson through hatred of Y. M. C. A. activities, but this theory was disproved almost at once. Reno Hutchinson came tn Portland and entered Y. M. C. A. work shortly [.after he was graduated from the University of California In 1901. Ho Was associated with H. W. Stone; now general secretary of that organization, for several years, and was then transferred to Spokane. Not long after he established himself In that city he was shot and killed. ""Mr. Hutchinson's widow, Mrs._ Virginia Hutchinson, resides at Tigard, Ore., with her daughter I»is. She is well known in Portland as a vocalist, having been for a number of years a member ot quartets at both the First Presbyterian church and the First Baptist church. Other relatives are Mr. Hutchinson's widowed mother, Mrs. C.,C. Hutchinson; a brother, Arthur Hutchinson of Atlanta, Ga., and four Blstera» Mrs. K. B. MacN'aughton and Miss A lira Hutchinson, both of Portland; Mrs. Fred Cummings ot Medford and Mrs. James Cobbledlck of Oakland, Cal. (C. C. Hutchinson his father, was founder ot Hutchinson Kan., which is In Reno county. The son was named for General Reno, civil war veteran, for whom the couuty was also named.) Hutchinson was shot at the northeast corner of Seventh avenue and Howard streets in Spokane at 7:5"> P. M., October 15, 1906. After the shot had boon ffred the assassin escaped through the lawn of a nearbj' dwelling ami disappeared. The bullet pierced Hutchinson's body and death came 16 minutes after the shot had been fired. The as- sai'sin evidently waited for Hutchinson and as I ho Y. M. C. A. man walked unlcr tan glare of the electric light on the street corner opened Tire. Hutchinson was found by Nelson Hartson, son of the Spokane postmaster. Immediately after the shooting. "I am shot! I am shot!" wait all that Hutchinson was able to say. TENT CITY AT THE FAIR GROUND It Will House the Seventh Day Adventist Camp Meeting', Starting Tonight A largo force of conference Corpora' The new tent city of Seventh Day Adveutists at the State Fair grounds is Hearing, completion under the leadership of the camp superintendent, H. S. Osterloh workers, ministers, and field secretaries have donned aprons and overalls and have worked early and lata pitching tents and preparing the camp in general for the ten days camp- meetlng which beginB tonight. Every train Is bringing a large number to fill the tents for the next ten days. Autos are arriving by overy road from all partB of the state. The fair grounds, from being a lifeless place, are rapidly being transformed into a place of intense activity. Elder B. G. ^Wilkinson, president of the Kansas Conference, will give tile opening address at eight o'clock this evening. His subject will be "Tbe Question of the Last Groat Mohammedan Rising as Foretold in Phophecy. Does it Mean the End ot the World?" Willi Bible In hand, the speaker will show from the prophecies the great events about to take place. Each evening, meetings will be held to which the public Is especially Invited, Parasldlslacal. And smiling at him brightly. Her stop he could no wait. And smiling at him brtghtly, His "precious pearl" tripped lightly His Heav'u drew near, for rightly, Hor steps were pearly gait! His "precious pearl" tripped lightly; Her step he could not wait. % —Wayside Talcs.