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On November 24, 1928, Albert visited a neighbor, Mr. Whittington. As he started home they gave him a cabbage. He went as far as his gate, put the cabbage down and started on to another neighbors. This was on Saturday, and as he often visited neighbors and stayed for several days, Frank was not alarmed until Monday. Then he began to search. Herb Bennett found his body in a creek not far from where he left the cabbage. He had evidently suffered a stroke, as his lungs had no water in them.

Frank stayed on the place about one and a half years, then returned to Monroe County, New York to the farm where he was born. Neither Albert nor Jack had ever married, and only one of the seven boys married.

Both homesteads have been sold. Jack's to A. J. Bonham; Albert's to George Fields. Both purchasers were school teachers.

My husband and I came to Washington in 1907, locating in Hoquiam. From time to time we visited my brothers at Quinault.



JOHN A. EWELL - 1889 - JOE NORWOOD - 1890

As Recalled by Orte Higley


Jack Ewell was born in Utah in 1860, the eldest of a large family. He left home when a young man and came to Portland, Oregon. In 1887, he came to Hoquiam and worked for Bennett in his blacksmith shop. Later he worked in sawmills about the Harbor until he met old man Laidlaw who at that time owned Laidlaw Island.

Laidlaw had built a sawmill and was trying to find someone to run it for him. He met Jack Ewell and made a deal. Laidlaw had a contract with Emerson of the Northwest Lumber Company, of Hoquiam, to furnish him with logs. But the contract did not specify the grade. Emerson fulfilled the contract all right, but with cull logs and those that were too large for his own mill to saw.

After working himself to a shadow for about six months, Jack Ewell found it impossible to make the mill pay without better timber. So he quit. Laidlaw, having no other place to buy logs, quit also. The mill stood idle until it rotted down.