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COMMUNITY LIFE



In the early days, as in other frontier communities where people are bound together by their mutual hardships and interdependence. Humptulip funerals were well attended. Aside from the annual Fourth of July picnic, there were so few events of a community nature that even a bereavement was the occasion for much visiting and feasting.

During the years when settlers were taking claims up toward Quinault, Humptulips attained its maximum growth. The population was around a hundred, with between five and six hundred (including loggers in camps) receiving mail through that office.

From 1900 to 1905 Humptulips City boasted a newspaper, the "Humptulips Press", edited by Mr. Dooley. It had also a brass band, consisting of seven horns, a bass drum and a snare drum. Luther Kirkpatrick and the Dunning boys were members.

There were two hotels doing a rushing business, as Humptulips was the overnight stop between Hoquiam and Quinault.

The New York hotel was operated by the Evans family until Mrs. Evans' death in 1903. Then the Dunnings took over, followed by the Dunlaps, Harry and Minnie Evans, Proctor and Sadie Brown, and Charley and Hilda Evans. After standing vacant for several years, the building burned.

The Pioneer Hotel, built by Davis and Best, was later operated by Jennie Fehse, then by the Roberts family, succeeded by Miles Newbury, the Loseys, and the Bob Blairs. It also burned while vacant.

Around 1906 a community hall was erected. Stock was sold for fifty dollars a share. A few affairs were held in the building, and it actually paid a small dividend, but it stood idle most of the time. Finally Bud Loomis bought it and rented it out at ten dollars per night. The Modern Woodmen Lodge had been organized and met in the upstairs hall.

Bud related: "We had a hobbyhorse covered with goat hide so that initiates could actually "ride the goat". When Herb Bennett was about to be taken into the lodge one member got up and told some pretty raw lies about him. He responded by offering to lick any son-of-a-gun there. After a good laugh, the members told him it was all in fun - part of his initiation.