A.T.T.A.C.K.: Big Bad Wolves VIII

By Duane Miles


Being hounded by creditors has been likened to having a wolf at your door.

But this doesn’t apply to this account with Chris Morgenroth, so we’ll not go there.

It can be vaguely likened to the childhood story of the wolf and the “Three Little Pigs,” though. We’ll go there instead.

Obviously, there are exceptions, but let’s concentrate on the similarities.

Chris stopped twice, just as the first pig – you know, the one who built his home of straw.

He had joined his buddy, who make a home of sticks, remember? 


Chris, likewise, made two stops.


At each point he looked for refuge from those two wolves.


Examining the plight of those pigs again, their lives remained in jeopardy at the home of sticks. So the two of them race wildly toward the only hope they had left – the solidly-built structure of the third pig.


Likewise in Chris’ plight, he made another mad dash in the direction of Humes Ranch. If that building could be reached, he finally would be safe.


Only one exception to a comparison of those two stories will be mentioned here.


In the original tale, the wolf attempted to sneak down the chimney of the solid house, only to quickly catapult skyward with tail aflame. He was seen howling off into the woods, never to return.


Check out the finale of this story next week to read a detailed account of what Chris did to escape. Read also another exception to this tale from that of the “Three Little Pigs.”


As in recent weeks, here are more details from my book “Thus Far.”


Another addition to the story about my mother’s life (from what formerly appeared in this fine newspaper) is an account about how World War II events affected people not only worldwide, but especially in Forks.


Four sources were accessed in gathering this historical data. These were: national and world news outlets, Forks Forum news, Quillayute Auxiliary Naval Air Station history and eyewitness tales.


In this account, many Forks names will be seen, such as Ron Shearer, Wayne Kreider, Gordon Allen, Fred Germeaux, Cpl. Nathan Iverson, Harold J. Gronseth, (Navy Seaman) U.L. Smith, Jr., Mrs. M.D. Macaulay, the Rev. Evan David, Dr. Ivan McVoy, James Ruel, B.B. Schlaefer, Dr. U.S. Ford, Francis Schlaefer, Ivan Shearer, Ray E. Koss, R.O. Wahlgren, Russel Veddar, U.D. Cooper and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Coyle.


Besides these is just a taste of some of the emergency Forks Forum front page news from that era:

According to W.E. Holenstein, deputy sheriff, he received orders from the State Liquor Board that no liquor can be sold during blackout periods.


You’ll be surprised at all of the governmental requests during those years in Forks.


The rest of this account will be in my upcoming book.


For anyone who may be interested in acquiring Chris Morgenroth’s out-of-print autobiography, “Footprints in the Olympics,” there is still a chance to get a used one. Contact Odyssey Bookshop, 114 W. Front St., Port Angeles.


May light for your feet guide you on the path of life until we meet again.
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