The purpose of the ’23 Club is to honor the memory of those who planned and built the City of Longview as a social, spiritual, cultural, and economic center for local residents.

Originally a social organization for lineal descendants of the founders of Longview, the ’23 Club is now open to all who share a love for the City, its beauty and history.  

On the first Monday of October we hold our annual dinner and get together.

Memories of the 50's in Longview book

Everyone “of a certain age” has some fond memories of the 50’s in Longview. This year we put together a paperback book "LONGVIEW IN THE 50'S", as told by members of the Longview '23 Club. It is only $10 and you can pay for your copy (or copies) along with your dues and dinner registration.

See the final cover! Recognize anyone in that picture??


Newsletter - Oct. 2, 2017 Dinner Info

The latest newsletter has information about the upcoming '23 Club Annual Dinner meeting. It includes the dinner registration Registration is necessary and due by September 22, 2017. See newsletter and registration form. You can pay for "Longview in the 50's" mentioned above with your dinner registration.

Also you can see the '23 Club on Facebook.

2016 Dinner



  • The program tonight?  J.H. Kelly
  • Jeff Wilson’s ‘23’ train – we’ve seen in in the parade
  • Greeted by David Stredwick and his bagpipe
  • Welcome to the '23 Club Dinner
  • Pick up  your name tag from Emma Gregg
  • Display of our events this past year
  • More displays inside the main hall
  • Displays of J.H. Kelly historical documents
  • R. A. Long High school historical items
  • President Jackie Evans greets guests
  • A time to socialize
  • More guests enjoying the evening
  • Past President Maila Cadd greets guests
  • Hors d'oeuvres provided by Chef Hayden Evans
  • The bagpipe calls the event to order
  • '23 Club President Jackie Evans welcomes the guests
  • St. Rose Pastor Father Ochs welcomes and offers the invocation
  • St. Rose students ready to serve the meal
  • Table service begins
  • Dinner is served
  • Head table
  • Head table
  • Time to eat
  • ...and enjoy great company
  • Dr. James Conrad gives the eulogy
  • Secretary Beth Wills reports on ’23 Club business items
  • Bill Kasch is honored for his contributions as Historian
  • Arlene Hubble gives a special report
  • Some of the past presidents in attendance
  • President Jackie Kelly Evans introduces the J.H. Kelly program
  • Jackie and her son Mason present the program
  • J.H. Kelly President, Mason Evans
  • 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award to Calvin Fowler
  • President Evans introduces our next president, Carolyn Caines
  • 2016-17  President Carolyn Caines introduces her program for next year
  • Passing of the gavel
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  • Maila Cadd leads the audience with Auld Lang Syne
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The 2016 Dinner and business meeting was held at St. Rose on October 3, 2016. The program was "1923 Business: From Glascow, Scotland to Longview, Washington" which was an informative presentation on the only family owned business in Longview started in 1923 that is still in business. The 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award went to Calvin Fowler (President 2014-2015) for his contributions to the community and promotion of the '23 Club. Watch this website for more pictures of the dinner.

'23 Club in the 4th of July Parade

  • '23 Club Parade Chair Calvin Fowler
  • Last minute details
  • Caboose passenger secured
  • Classic cars in the parade
  • Group ready to go
  • More join the picture
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  • With the J.H. Kelley truck
  • Candy in hand
  • Check this out!
  • President Carolyn Caines and Past President Jackie Evans are ready
  • Toot...toot
  • Decked out in '23 club red
  • President Carolyn Caines and family rate a Cadillac
  • We are ready!
  • Let's roll....
  • Entering the Civic Center
  • Jeff Wilson's #23 enters the turn
  • Long Bell Company engine #23
  • In front of The Monticello
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  • Looking for more steam?
  • '23 Club on parade
  • The candy man!
  • 50's car fits the 50's theme for the dinner this year
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  • Calvin Fowler...see you next year!
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'23 Club members decked out in Longview 23 Club shirts were very visible towards the front of the 2017 Longview 4th of July Parade.

23 members of the '23 Club featured in The Daily News

The Daily News ran a series focusing on some members of the '23 Club. See who they are...

New to Longview or want to know more about the city? 

Visit the City of Longview website.


Check out the online version of the scrapbook pages from 1999 through 2016. You may find the original scrapbook at the Longview Public Library in the Longview Room which is open on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 PM. The images are of better quality in the original scrapbook. Special thanks to '23 Club Historians Dr. Travis Cavens (1999-2011) and Bill Kasch (2012-2016) whose work made this scrapbook possible.