George Barton Simpson, who opened a law office in Vancouver in 1907 and went on to become chief justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, was a man who never could seem to do enough for his community.
Wood, a lifelong resident of Vancouver, was mortally wounded Sunday morning, May 22, 1927, as he led a raiding party on a bootlegging still in the Dole Valley area of north-central Clark County. His death came less than seven months after his election in a stormy campaign that involved the Ku Klux Klan.
It was the most celebrated murder case in Clark County history. Before Turman and Utah Wilson went to their deaths on the gallows at Walla Walla a few minutes after midnight Jan. 3, 1953, the two brothers from Camas had their executions post-poned more than any other condemned men in state history.