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THE ROBERT QUINN FAMILY



The Robert Quinn family ws the first to move by wagon into the Promised Land with household goods. The Quinns had two sons - Theodore, nicknamed "Rube", and Roy.

In 1956, at the Humptulips Pioneer Picnic, Theodore Quinn described their arrival:

"We came to the Promised Land in 1890. Mother brought her cook-stove, bedstead, and other things all the way from Minnesota. We sailed from Hoquiam to the mouth of the Humptulips and came up in canoes with the Indians. At Humptulips we stayed at the Best Hotel. Dick Best and Lathrop drove the ox-team with our goods. But, first, it took about three days for the men to make enough road into the Promised land so we could get there with a wagon. Ours was the first wagon in. The team of oxen, before mentioned, belonged to Charley Sargent. One was named Buck, the other Bright.

We settled in Sect. 23, Twnshp. 21 N., Range 10 West, about six miles north of Humptulips.


A couple of years later George Huntly had a claim in the northern part of the Promised Land, and he and Father were working at the Commercial Co., in Cosmopolis while we held down the claim. But, in order for us boys to get to school more easily, Mother and Roy and I moved into an abandoned cabin on a 40-acre piece of land on Stevens Creek for the winter.

While we were gone from our claim, someone built a cabin on the northeast corner of it. Mother wrote to Father, and he told George Huntley. He said he never heard of anything like that. Said he hated to lose the pay, but he'd get a few men and go up there and drive that fellow off. Settlers were cooperative in those days. When they killed an elk, the news was broadcast and neighbors came for their share.

But, there was no need for Mr. Huntley to come. Mother took us boys up there, and while she held the rifle, we tore the cabin down. We never saw the fellow.

Probably on account of this incident, a painted board sign was nailed to a tree beside the road on the southern border of the Promised Land. It read:

"This is the deadline for all claim jumpers, hounds, dudes, and tax collectors."


Beneath the warning was a skull and crossbones, which made it look weird."