Back when I was a Teenager, my Father Purchased a Ruger single six in .32 H&R Magnum Caliber. I was fascinated with that caliber and took a wood chuck with it one day, which made me quickly see how accurate the .32 Caliber really was. Fast forward 20 Years, I came across a S&W Model 16-4 .32 H&R Magnum Revolver and Purchased it NIB I hand load for it and to see what this Underrated Cartridge can really do, One must hand load for it. After the Purchase of it, I was even More Hungry for the .32 S&W Long Caliber and wanted a K-32 Masterpiece Badly.
I knew it would not be an easy find, with only 3630 of them ever being made from 1947-1974. I came into one that is shown and it is an Early Post-War Model with the narrow rib barrel and oddly enough it shipped in 1951 being late for the narrow rib Barrel but with a small consumer demand several did ship late with the Lighter Profile barrel's.
While at a Gun show one day, I ran into a fella that had a Neat Little I-Frame Pre-War Regulation Police revolver chambered in .32 S&W Long Caliber. It had the side plate Inscribed with Harry Anderson's name and a date of 1927 as shown. He was asking $425.00 for it, so I passed. Two days later I approached the table next to his to visit a close Buddy of mine, and he said that my Buddy shared with him that I simply loved the .32 caliber and shot it often. He then asked if I would shoot a revolver like he had for sale if I was to purchase it ? I told him I would, but his price was a little steep for me. He then offered it to me at $200.00 and home it came.
I E-mailed the Evansville, Indiana Police Department and asked them what they could tell me about their past Police Chief Harry Anderson ? The response is shown below the revolver, and to say the least I was blown away at what history this Old weapon turned up. The Desk Sergeant was so kind as to ask for my address and he sent me the Official Evansville, Indiana Police Uniform patch and Tie Tack shown with it..I Learned that Harry Carried this revolver strong side when riding on his Then experimental Motorcycle unit of which he was in charge of, that is why it has the short 3-1/4" Barrel, and Prior to riding motorcycles the Evansville Police department answered call in the city on Bicycles :D
I later came across this Little pre-30 revolver shown in .32 S&W Long Caliber. It had some serious finish Issues but it's internal Bore looked like new. I Paid $150.00 for it and decided to make a refinishing project out of it. I Polished out all the rust and Pits shown from the Original finish and sent it off to Ford's Refinishing in Florida.At there suggestion with me telling them it would be a daily carry weapon, we decided a Hard Chrome finish would wear the best so hard chrome it was.
I Then came across this Air-Lite -J-Frame in .32 H&R Magnum called The 431 P. D. meaning Personal Defense and Purchased it for summer Light weight carry retiring my Pre-30 revolver to winter carry only. I have found the .32 Caliber to be super accurate and a real pleasure to fire, so it is one of my Favorites. let's Here about your S&W .32 Caliber revolvers in this thread... Hammerdown
S&W Model 16-4 K-32 Magnum
K-32 Masterpiece Circa 1951
Pre-War Regultion Police revolver .32 S&W Long Caliber Hary Anderson's Gun The Police Chief of Evansville, Indiana 1927
HARRY R. ANDERSON, clerk of the Vanderburg Circuit Court of Vanderburg County, has been firmly established in public confidence, and esteem at Evansville for a number of years, first, as a business man and then as a public official.
Mr. Anderson was born in Pike County, Indiana, October 9, 1892, son of John L. and Louise (Sprinkles) Anderson. His parents were born in Warrick, Indiana, and his father died in 1906 at Evansville and his mother in 1894. Harry R. Anderson spent his active life as a farmer. There were two children besides Harry R. Clarence, born in 1888, a farmer in Warrick County, married Ethel Lawrence, who was born in that county, daughter of Peter Lawrence, a farmer. Eugene Anderson, who died at the age of thirty-one, was acigar maker, and by his marriage to Olivio Cummings left three children, Charles; born in 1909, Mary, born in 1912, and Lena, born in 1911.
Harry R. Anderson attended the grade and high schools at Evansville, and graduated from business college in 1910. After a year of work as clerk in the sales department of the Hercules Buggy Company he went west on account of failing health, spent a year in recuperating,and on returning he was an employee of the Adams Express Company and filled several other positions, as bookkeeper, salesman, with Evansville business organizations. Mr. Anderson has some farming interests in Warrick County, growing cattle and hogs, and also has real estate in Evansville.
In 1914 he joined the Evansville police department as a patrolman and later was promoted to motorcycle officer. He resigned in 1918 to join the colors and was with Headquarters Company in the field artillery at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, until discharged in 1919. For two years after the war Mr. Anderson sold automobiles at Evansville. In 1921 he went to the courthouse as deputy county clerk and served in that position five years, an experience that gave him a thorough knowledge of the routine of the county clerk's office. In March, 1926, came his appointment as chief of police of Evansville, and he was the police chief of the city until January 1, 1929, when he entered upon his duties as clerk of the Vanderburg Circuit Court following his election in November, 1928.
He married, at Evansville, August 11, 1918, Miss Bertha Ambrose, daughter of Julius Ambrose, a grocery merchant. Mr. Anderson is a Republican in politics and a member of the B. P. O. Elks.
Here is the historical information on Harry Anderson with the Evansville Police Department. He served as Chief from 1926 to 1928.
If I can be of any other assistance, please let me know.
In March 1926, Nolte was hospitalized with a nervous breakdown and voluntarily took a demotion to detective, stepping down as chief in favor of Harry Anderson on March 29, 1926. Nolte continued as a member of the department until his retirement in 1931. Nolte died in 1933. Nolte's 3-month term as chief was the shortest in the history of the police department.
Harry Anderson, the 23rd chief of police, was born in Warrick County. He became active in the Republican Party. He joined the department on November 24, 1916. Prior to joining the department, Anderson worked as a bartender. He was promoted to motorcycleman on January 7, 1918. Anderson was a member of the Evansville Police Relief Association committee that published the book "A Souvenir History of the Evansville Police Department" in 1918.
In 1919, Anderson resigned and became a car salesman. In January 1921, County Clerk Frank Grange appointed Anderson a deputy in the county clerk's office. When the Republicans took control of city hall in January 1926 Mayor Herbert Males appointed William Nolte as his choice to replace Democrat-appointed Ira Wiltshire in the chief's position. After 3 months in the chief's office, Nolte suffered a nervous breakdown and took a voluntary demotion to detective. Anderson returned to the police department after an absence of 7 years as Mayor Males's choice to replace Nolte in the chief's position.
Anderson remained Chief of Police for 33 months. The City Council launched impeachment proceedings against Chief Anderson, License Inspector Benjamin Bartlett, and members of the Board of Public Safety in September 1928. In the 1928 county elections, he was elected county clerk. In late December 1928, Anderson submitted his resignation as chief. The text of Chief Anderson's letter of resignation read as follows:
"Honorable Herbert Males and Board of Safety. Having been elected Clerk of the Vanderburgh Circuit Court the past election and as this term of office begins January first, I hereby tender my resignation as superintendent of the police department to take effect January 1, 1929."
Chief of Detectives Edward Sutheimer was appointed to fill the chief's position for the remaining year of Mayor Males' administration
When Anderson resigned, he had served a total of 6 years as a member of the police department. The department's 8-year experiment with a mounted patrol began in 1927 during Chief Anderson's administration. Anderson ran for county clerk again in the election of 1932. The Roosevelt-Democratic landslide of 1932 buried Anderson, like his fellow Republicans. After losing the election, he returned to the trade that he had practiced before joining the police department in 1916, working as a bartender.
In 1935, Anderson became a milkman. Later in life, he bought a dairy farm in Warrick County. After failing to make that enterprise profitable, he sold it. Anderson then moved back to Evansville, living at 209 First Avenue. He was appointed a Vanderburgh County deputy sheriff. He served as a guard at the Evansville Waterworks during World War II. In 1945 he moved to 26 East Chandler. He died on December 12, 1946. His wife's name was Bertha and he had one brother whom lived in California.
I learned from this Harry Had a brother in California and I assume the Son of his Brother is who got a hold of his Police revolver and later sold it off to the guy I bought it from.I Dug a Little deeper by contacting The Evnasville, Indiana Public Library, and a woman there sent me the Pictures of Harry below and his Obituary that she tracked down in the old files they had. I have hit a brick wall as far as learning any more about Harry Anderson since then, but hope to hear more in the future from the woman in the Public Library who is still searching for information on him.
Above is a Picture of Harry when he was first made Chief of The Evansville, Indiana Police force. He was also in charge of their Motorcycle brigade an experiment they were trying using Motorcycles to answer calls with, as before this, all calls were answered on Bicycles. We have to remember this was around 1926 so I assume the Motorcycles used were either Harley Davidson's or Indian's.The Police department is also shown in the Pictures below and you can see Horses were still used in that time frame. I can't believe just how much harry had done in such a short life span as at the age of 55 Poor Old Harry's Heart gave out and he Passed on
Pre-30 Circa 1958 Ford's Refinishing Project Before
Pre-30 After refinishing with Hard Chrome High Polish
S&W Model 431 .32 H&R Magnum My summer daily carry weapon