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On Jan. 31, 1948, Emma Loomis retired as Postmaster of Humptulips and the office was moved across the street to the Lloyd Randall store. A few days later the Loomis home and store burned. Fortunately neighbors were able to carry out most of the furnishings and stock on the main floor of both buildings. However, many relics of pioneer days, which Emma intended to use in an antique store, were destroyed. The only building that carried insurance was the barn, built by Fred Williams in 1894. It was saved, as was also the Lloyd Randall store, housing the post office.

After living a few months in a small house on the property, Mr. Loomis built a modern home on the former site, the lumber being cut from his own trees.

On the Fourth of July, 1957, Bud and Emma and their son Harry, attended the Indian salmon bake and celebration at Taholah. The following day, Bud, at the age of eighty-four, was haying along the riverbank in sight of his house when his tractor rolled over backwards into the river-bed fifteen feet below, crushing him instantly. So passed a rugged pioneer, widely known throughout Grays Harbor.



ELK



Bud Loomis relates:

"Bull elk live with the cows only in the mating season. The older bulls drive the younger ones away and finally leave themselves. They wander around in bands and mingle with various herds of cows. Usually a herd was around 150 head, in early days. The largest I ever saw was at Humptulips.

A couple of fellows came in from the outside and wanted to see a band of elk. I said I thought I knew where there was one. We rode our horses and finally I said, "Stop here. I think I smell them."

We stopped, and sure enough, beside the river was a big herd. Our shepherd dog barked and they started into the water off a ten foot bank and filled the river 200 feet wide, and 300 to 400 feet long. Must have been four or five hundred elk. Probably more than one herd."