Fall City Will Send a Steelhead to Ike

Fall City Will Send a Steelhead to Ike

Within a month, a Snoqualmie Valley

steelhead will be on its way to President Eisenhower's

dining room table in Washington, D.C.

"A steelhead for Ike!" is the battle cry sounded

this week by the Soap Box Derby committee in announcing this brand new Fall City project. The

fish, so highly honored as to be made a gift to the

president of the United States must be caught in the

Snoqualmie River somewhere between the Falls and the mouth

of the Tolt river. (The committee has special plans

for anyone who catches a steelhead ABOVE the

Falls.) And this fisherman must be a resident of

the Snoqualmie Valley, Upper, Lower, middle upper

or middle lower.

All fish will be tagged with the owner's name

and license number, complying with Washington

State game department rules; dressed weight will be

the only weight entered.

It will be a big day when the biggest fish

is selected and the man (or woman) who caught it

is acclaimed as special fisherman to the president.

The fish will make a one-way trip to the White House

via Northwest-Orient Airlines while the fisherman

sticks around the Valley and gets his picture taken by

the Associated Press and other interested parties.

In charge of this Steelhead-For-Ike Committee

is Marion Whipp, a fisherman who is getting punchy from catching so many of the lunkers on his own.

He will verify each entry and make arrangements for

the storage of the fish until March 15, when the

largest will be selected, "gift wrapped," and airmailed to

the nation's capital. All fish will be weighed at

Skip's Café in Fall City, glazed in ice, stored, and except

for the one sent to President Eisenhower, will be

returned to their owners immediately after March 15.

The Steelhead-For-Ike project is a preliminary

to Fall City's annual all-out blow-out June 19, the

Soap Box Derby, which last year drew a crowd of three

to four thousand people.

The big day will include another Indian

salmon bake, again with Chief Hishka of the Neah Bay

tribe in charge; last year 600 delighted people polished

off plates of delicious baked fish, salad, rolls and

coffee. There will be another outstanding old-time

parade, featuring automobiles of early makes occupied

by local residents of more or less equal, uh, tenure.

And of course, there will be a Soap Box Derby, the

event which started the whole thing a few years ago.

Reprinted from the North Bend Record,

March 18, 1954

The Winner!

Winner of the "Steelhead for Ike"

contest sponsored by Fall City's Soap Box Derby

committee is Marvin Turple, a son of the Dewey Turples and

a Fall City boy from the day he was born. Marvin

was trying out the schoolhouse riffle last Sunday when

he caught the winning fish. It weighed 14 pounds,

five ounces, or 10 pounds, 14 ounces when it was

dressed out.

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