Tag Archives: Rudger Terry

Put On Benefit To Help Terrys

Spokane Daily Chronicle – February 5, 1934

TACOMA, Feb. 5. (AP) – A benefit wrestling match will be given here this evening for the widow and three young children of Rudger Terry, matman and referee, accidentally slain by Highway Patrolman Cliff Tolson a week ago.  Wrestlers have donated their services for a complete card and all money received above bare expenses will go to the widow and children.  Tolson was exonerated by a coroner’s jury after he described his efforts to stop the speeding car in which Terry and his wife were passengers.

Mrs. Terry Gets Tidy Sum In Show

Tacoma News Tribune – February 6, 1934
By Nelson R. Hong

Numerous rackets perpetrated in the name of charity have made many persons skeptical of benefit shows.

Because of the black spots of the past, it is a pleasure to report that the benefit wrestling show for Mrs. Rudger Terry, widow of the Tacoma mat referee, was a real benefit in every sense. Continue reading

Terry’s Widow Answers Cole

Tacoma News Tribune – February 6, 1934

Taking exception to a statement by William Cole, state patrol chief, in connection with the reinstating of Cliff Tolson following the Rudger Terry shooting fatality, Mrs. Terry yesterday issued the following statement: Continue reading

Benefit Mat Card Monday

Tacoma News Tribune – February 2, 1934

Mrs. Rudger Terry and her three children, left destitute by the tragic death of their husband and father, will get all the proceeds of next Monday night’s wrestling show. Continue reading

Resumes Inquest Into Death Of Terry

Tacoma News Tribune – February 2, 1934

An early conclusion of the inquest into the death of Rudger Terry, Tacoma wrestler, was in prospect when the hearing was resumed under direction of Dr. Edward R. Perry, Pierce County coroner, late Friday morning. Continue reading

Action On Tolson Waits Findings Of Inquest

Tacoma News Tribune – February 1, 1934

Cliff Tolson, state patrolman, was under suspension from duty while an inquest was being held in the courthouse Thursday on the death of Rudger Terry, 28, Tacoma wrestler, killed early Tuesday by a bullet from Tolson’s gun while he was trying to stop a speeding car in which Terry was a passenger. Continue reading

Three Clouds Hang Over Terry’s Widow

Tacoma News Tribune – January 31, 1934
By Bob Heilman

Three black shadows hung over the life of Mrs. Rudger Terry as she sat in the corridor of the county courthouse Tuesday morning.

One was fear, which still shakes her soul as she thinks of her narrow escape from death, when a bullet moved the black turban over her golden hair – so close it came. Continue reading

Shot Dead In Flying Auto

Tacoma News Tribune – January 30, 1934

Rudger Terry, 28, Tacoma wrestler, died early Tuesday in a Tacoma hospital of a bullet wound inflicted by Cliff Tolson, state patrolman, who fired to stop a speeding car, in which Terry was a passenger, on the Pacific highway, three miles northeast of Tacoma. Continue reading