A Singing Man's History of the Far Western District
By Eliot "El" Wirt, FWD Historian
The Far Western District Association of Barbershop Chapters was authorized by the Society to be organized in a letter dated October 22, 1946 and signed by "International President" Frank H. Thorne and "International Secretary" Carroll P. Adams. The purpose of this book is to cover everything that has happened since in the 50 year life of the FWD.
Written by Eliot "El" Wirt, photo archives by Joe Salz, and edited by David Melville, this book was originally published in September 1998, and a copy was mailed to each member of the FWD. This revised, on-line edition was published in March 2006 by David Melville, adding colorization to the original artwork and rendering the document in "pdf" format.
The book is available for you to download and enjoy. The entire book in a single document is approximately 16 Mb, so for those of you with slower internet connections, you may prefer to download the individual sections.
pdf Acknowledgements (76 KB)
pdf Foreword (77 KB)
pdf Preface (113 KB)
pdf Chapter 1 - November 1946 - October 1951 (461 KB)
pdf Chapter 2 - November 1951 - October 1956 (501 KB)
pdf Chapter 3 - November 1956 - October 1961 (2.23 MB)
pdf Chapter 4 - November 1961 - October 1966 (1.23 MB)
pdf Chapter 5 - November 1966 - October 1971 (1.92 MB)
pdf Chapter 6 - November 1971 - October 1976 (1.92 MB)
pdf Chapter 7 - November 1976 - October 1981 (2.10 MB)
pdf Chapter 8 - November 1981 - October 1986 (1.46 MB)
pdf Chapter 9 - November 1986 - October 1991 (1.10 MB)
pdf Chapter 10 - November 1991 - October 1996 (1.60 MB)
pdf Appendix A - District Officers (119 KB)
pdf Appendix B - District Contests (149 KB)
pdf Appendix C - International Preliminary Contests (50 KB)
pdf Appendix D - Senior Quartet Champions (143 KB)
pdf Appendix E - Hall of Fame and Awards (56 KB)
pdf Appendix F - Westunes Editors (69 KB)
pdf Index (141 KB)
pdf About the Book (8 KB)
Copyright © 1998, 2006 Far Western District of SPEBSQSA, Inc.