I should like to touch upon the deadening influence upon the settlements of the Olympic Peninsula by the creation of the Forest Reserve. There has always been in my mind a great doubt as to the advisability of this, the first one in the United States. Certain it is that the formation of this reservation set the clock back many years for all Pioneers, and had the effect of wiping out the taming of the wilderness along the valleys of the Queets, Clearwater, and the Hoh, and all but stopped the Quinault.
As time has gone on, some understanding of actual conditions has been worked into a less drastic and restrictive forest policy. There has been and probably will be more help from that branch of our government in charge of forests. we have had some help in late years on road building. There has been something done to develop camping spots. But, for the amount collected as rental for cottage and camp sites, it seems that more could and should be done to improve the sites and police them, especially along the shores of Quinault Lake.
Then, too, we should object to the changes in the naming of places the Pioneers knew. Especially as the names now given are no better than, and for the most part not as good as the originals. For instance, the first white women to see Quinault Lake is said to have been the two daughters of Captain Willoughby who camped at the mouth of what the Forest Service has designated as Willaby Creek. All you Old Timers, remember when the mountain just to the south of "Old Baldy" was called the "Pyramid". It is now called the "Wooded Peak" notwithstanding that there are thousands of wooded peaks in the Olympics.
And now, my friends, let me say that the Pioneer spirit is still the spirit which created this great nation, and is still busy building our state. The rough work for the most part is ended, but there is still much to be done. It is expected of you, from the knowledge gained in that great school of experience, to uphold the best traditions of the Pioneers, so that in time to come you will be remembered with gratitude for what you have done, even as we now remember with kindness and gratitude those of the honored band who have passed for the last time done the 'Long Trail'.
While Mr. Locke makes no mention of how or when his sister Ida came to Quinault, old-timers say she came with the men or very soon thereafter. Came up the Quinault River with the Indians. Mrs. Locke, Ida's mother had passed away in Minnesota before the family migrated. Ida kept house for her brother Phil while her father worked away in camp. She was alone a good deal.