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Shields had a very expensive pedigreed black driving team and buckboard. He brought along plenty of whiskey and was drunk most of the day. When evening came, some young fellows offered to take the horses to water. But, he replied, "No, I never allow anyone to take care of my horses but myself. I ride one and the other follows me."

So, he got on one and took them down to drink. But, when he started back one of the horses started for town and he had to come back without it. He asked, "Have you got anybody that can go to town and get my horse?" Since the distance was 18 miles each way, he had to stay over another day in Humptulips.

For dance music they had the Davis & Best hotel organ, with Jim Newbury playing the violin. At various times P. M. Newbury, Charley Sergent, and Richard Walker played the fiddle. Elzy White could blow the horn and play a guitar. George Milbourne also was a guitarist.

Numerous young men from Hoquiam joined in the day's festivities, and danced with the Humptulips girls.


Fred Niles Patridge was born at Attica, N. Y., July 11, 1851 to William and Lucy Patridge.

Lilly May Meek was born at Flora, Ill., Nov 7, 1866 to Isaac N. and Lavina Meek.

Fred and Lilly were married June 20, 1888, at Odin, Ill., and are both buried in Hoquiam. He passed away on March 20, 1918, and she on Feb. 23, 1951.

Fred Patridge in his young days was a brakeman on the railroad in New York State. However, he learned the carpenter trade which he followed both in Illinois and in Washington, in addition to farming.

The name was originally spelled Patridge, but by some error it was pronounced and spelled Partridge while they lived in Olympia. My mother liked it that way, so it was allowed to remain. I was born and married as Patridge, but the rest of the family were still at home so accepted the later spelling.