"Osborn at 28 years of age came West to South Bend on Willapa Harbor and went into the oyster business. That was in 1890.
He says, "I have gathered as many as 125 bushels of native oysters (which were small like the Olympia ones) on Willapa Harbor on a single tide. We loaded those oysters into our sloops and took them down to sailing boats anchored in the lower harbor and sold them. The boats carried the oysters to the San Francisco market."
Osborn recalls South Bend as a town just being born:
"It was having a boom when I landed in 1890. people were arriving on every boat. I recall there was only one span of horses in twon. They could not haul all the lumber that was required for the homes being built, and much of the lumber that was required for the old homes that now stand up the high hills behind South Bend was transported up to them on men's backs. The lumber for the old Methodist Church was carried to that building site in the same way."
For a time, Osborn operated the Briston and Leonard shingle mill at South Bend, the first shingle mill on Willapa Harbor. Later he moved to Colorado, coming from there in 1913 to settle at Neilton. For a while he worked in the old Neilton sawmill-shingle mill. For four years, he was caretaker of the Olympic chalet at the Low Divide. He is now retired, living quietly at Neilton. (1936)"
THE PROMISED LAND AREA
Settlers in more favored townships were wont to say, in derision, that a man would get foot rot, just passing through the Promised Land. As before mentioned, Otto Murhard, of Humptulips, named the area.