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PHIL LOCKE'S ADDRESS



At the Pioneer picnic at Humptulips on August 8, 1926, Phil Locke, of Hoquiam delivered the following address on the Pioneers of Quinault. I quote only a portion of his introductory remarks:

"...I need not assure this company of my pleasure in being with you at this, the first combined gathering of the Pioneers of the Humptulips and the Quinault Communities. The pioneers do well to meet and, while upholding the advantage and traditions of their own neighborhood, recount their common early history, remembering the virtues and forgetting the rivalries of regions and of men. In so doing, a wider, warmer and more just sentiment shall take the place of narrow community loyalty; and with the undaunted spirit of the Pioneers we shall go on together until we too come at last to the end of the Long Trail.

In the present crowded, busy, bustling days, a majority of the people who make up the bulk of the population of the Grays Harbor country, know little about who blazed the trails, who laid the foundations for our schools, who served as community leaders and protectors. These men and women are to them unknown, and it is for us to write their virtues upon the tablets of love and memory. The people who ride in the endless procession of motor cars passing Humptulips, bound for the lake and mountains to the north, know nothing of the trails of the pioneers. And the people who will soon come from the Grays Harbor cities will never know the beauty of the unbroken forest which we knew when it stretched from the head of tidewater on the Hoquiam to Lake Quinault.

Where once many of you pioneers heard the whistle of the elk, as you trudged along the trail with a pack on your back, you now hear the shriek of the logging locomotive as it bears away the giants of the forest - never to return. And that, my friends, is as it should be.

There are those who say we should 'protect our forests from the ruthless hand of the lumberman.' Unfortunately, man cannot prolong the life of a tree a single day when Mother Nature says its mission is ended. But we can and should preserve those beauty spots where the trees are not ripe for the woodman's ax and saw, and will not be for many years to come - such as the shores of Quinault Lake. Also a borderline of forests should be preserved along the great Olympic Highway, so that visitors may be tempted to come - and come again. The pioneers could well promote this project and thereby win the gratitude of thousands yet to be.

Of the history of the Humptulips Valley, I am not so well informed. It was pretty well settled before I came to Washington Territory. But, I think you will be interested in hearing how I became a pioneer of Quinault in the summer of 1889, a few months after Alfred Neyes built his cabin...."