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THE N. T. "BUD" LOOMIS FAMILY



In 1898 Bud Loomis, a pioneer of Quinault, traded Fred Williams some thiry head of livestock for his store at Humptulips. Bud's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bryon Loomis, who had moved to Olympia, then came to his assistance. They ran the store while Bud worked in logging camps, raised cattle, and did some freighting.

Bud relates:

"At first, I had only one horse. I borrowed another from Fred Williams and a wagon from a friend seven miles away. One of the horses was balky, and I was all day getting the wagon up the Charley Hurd Hill."

Later on, Bud had a pack horse that was determined to turn around and go back home. He got a lot of ribbing on account of it.

Dan McGillicuddy once told the following incident at the Pioneer Picnic:

"In pioneer days there was a man who raised cattle and had a general merchandise store and meat market in Humptulips. It's a well known fact that Damon, down at the beach, had wild cattle until he died. Then this man had them.

Why his cattle were so wild....their horns forked. Cruisers and homesteaders were sold this wild "horse meat." (meaning elk).

This man trained one of these wild horses to do a neat trick. A settler would come into his store, order a month's supply of groceries, and rent the horse to pack it up to his claim. He'd get out in the Promised Land and when he stopped to rest, the horse would rear up on his hind legs and strike with his forefeet and bite. Then, it would turn around and head back home. When it arrived there's be another fellow wanting a month's supplies, so the goods were sold and the horse rented to him. He'd start off only to be left stranded when the horse again returned to his owner."


After hearing this tale, Bud Loomis got up and said:

"I'll tell you about that horse. He was so mean that I sent him out to the Promised Land and I hoped he'd get mired and never return."

Dan continues:

"Actually Dad and I were going up to Quinault. We bought our supplies and rented Bud's horse and he did rear up. Flour was scarce at the time and when we opened our sack we found that Bud had given us whole wheat intended for chicken feed. We cooked and cooked it and ate it during the entire trip."