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The Proctor Browns -1894

Proctor Brown and his wife Sadie, a sister of Louis Losey, came from southern Illinois to Humptulips in 1894. They had a cabin at the edge of the Prairie, not far from the store and worked at odd jobs.

In 1900, due to their glowing account of the country, the Louis Losey family moved to Humptulips. They were followed in 1901 by Bully Develand, also a relative. Then, in 1902, Proctor's nephew Ernest Fishel and family arrived.

Later Proctor bought a forty-acre tract at Axford, where Sadie became Postmistress. She devised a unique plan whereby if she were not at home the settlers could still get their mail.

She secretly named nearby stumps for the various families - a cedar for one, a fir for another. Then when she wanted to work in the field with Proctor, or go to Humptulips, she put the settler's mail into a tin can and hid it in his stump. Doubtless no other Post Office, in the United States had such a system.

Proctor and Sadie were religious people, she teaching a Sunday School class in Humptulips for several years. She also had charge of a small store opened by Ingram of Quinault.

When Proctor died, Sadie was ill in the hospital in Hoquiam. Although she wasn't considered well enough, she insisted on going to the funeral. When it was over she said she was ready to die. She never got up again.

Proctor played the violin. A young man onced asked him if he could play for a dance. Being opposed to dancing, he replied, "I can but I won't."