Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Stratton was a big man - 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighed 280 pounds - and he used his muscle to become a "Union Goon".
In 1949, there was labour unrest in Vancouver. Stratton accompanied the Seattle SIU president to Canada in order to help settle the dispute. Vancouver union men remember that during his visit here, Stratton carried a gun tucked into his waistband. The administrator of the SIU in Montreal, Hal Banks, gave Statton the 9mm automatic.
Clayton married a Vancouver woman in 1951 but they separated soon after she gave birth to a child. He returned to Washington State and worked for six months as a Deputy Sheriff in Callum Bay. He gained a reputation as a bully and a braggart. He was fired for smashing up a police vehicle.
When Statton's bail was paid in Vancouver, he again returned to Callum Bay. He bragged to his friends that he had been paid to 'beat up on a picket' and flashed the roll of cash he was paid to do so.
Early in March, Stratton and his girlfriend, Nancy Morrison, drove to Vancouver by way of Seattle. Morrison asked Clayton what he was going to do in Vancouver and he told her,
"This guy's going to give me a roll to put a bullet in a guy's leg and cripple him up a little." Nancy was used to her boyfriend's bragging and thought it was another one of his stories.
I hope you find the beauty around you.