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In 1905 Bud's mother, Juliette, died; and in July of 1907, Byron - better known as "Grandfather" Loomis - passed on. On August 14, 1907, Nelson Taylor "Bud" Loomis married Emma Kraft of a pioneer Hoquiam family.

Mike Hogan, an early day liveryman of Hoquiam, used to tell a joke on Emma and Bud. Very soon after their marriage Emma had been visiting her folks in town and was going back to Humptulips on the stage. Mike Hogan was driving and carrying the mail. Emma thought he didn't know her. So she began pumping him about Bud.

Hogan, however, knew she was his wife. Realizing what she was trying to do, he filled her up with so many lies about Bud that she was plenty mad. When they reached Humptulips Bud was there with open arms to greet her. But she got off the wagon like a black hornet. In telling it, Hogan said, "Well, she asked for it."



Emma Loomis recalls:

"They were logging in 1907 when I went to Humptulips, but it was a few years later that the "logging shows" moved really close to the town. Then we had Polson all around us, and there were from five to six hundred loggers in the vicinity."

Emma proved a great help to Bud in his business. Not only had she clerked in Vesey's store in Hoquiam for several years, but she and Anna Carlton had at one time owned a small ship.


In an interview reported by Russell Mack in the "Aberdeen World" some years ago, Bud said:

"We did business differently in the early days. Most of the people up Humptulips way were loggers and cattle raisers. The cattlemen sold their stock once or twice a year. Then they paid their bills. In the early 1900s all logging was done along the rivers. The men would work all spring, summer, and fall, getting their logs into the river. Then they would wait for the heavy winter floods to come and wash their logs downstream to tidewater where they could be sold. Loggers had no money until the floods came. We had to carry their accounts often for a full year. Wholesalers in those days waited for their money too."


It is reported that once a Dun & Bradstreet man called on Bud and asked, "How much have you in outstanding accounts on your ledger?" "Oh, between twenty and twenty-five thousand dollars," Bud replied. "Man, you're broke, and don't know it", he exlaimed. But Bud wasn't worried. He claims he never lost a cent from those slow-paying customers. "Honesty and dependability were pioneer traits", he says.