Ray Gamble, long time resident of Tacoma, Washington, was a traveler, philanthropist, millionaire businessman and magician.
His interest in magic came as a small orphan. While picking strawberries in Arizona, his boss reached over and picked a quarter from under a plant. To discover how it was done, Gamble saved his money until he could buy Howard Thurston's book of magic. Later in life got to meet Thurston.
In 1913, he opened a fish market in Tacoma. While working at hauling sawdust for the local mills, he discovered that if this material was spread on his floor it would absorbed fish odor. What became known as "wood flour" was also found to be a stabilizer for explosives and later for a myriad of consumer products. Mr. Gamble helped to develop the "wood flour" industry 
Gamble was noted collector of elephants figurines and carvings. His home became known as "The Elephant House" and at the height of his collection of 3,000 elephants was estimated to be the world's largest.
He also had the distinction of being the only dues paying member of the IBM Singapore Ring 115 in North America, after he and his wife visited them in the 1960s. 
- ↑ http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/images/dt6n.asp?un=6&pg=1&krequest=series+contains+D683
- ↑ TACOMA'S ELEPHANT BOY By Frances Ireland, Linking Ring, May 1948
- ↑ http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/images/dt6n.asp?drequest=series+contains+924
- ↑ MUM, June 1972
- ↑ WITH THE COLLECTORS BY WILLIAM G. STICKLAND, February 1969.
- ↑ Genii 1939 March (cover)