At the age of eighteen, I came to Seattle by train. My brother had preceded me by two years. Joined him there and worked at the carpenter trade, sometimes with my brother. Later I clerked.
In September, 1891, three of us young fellows came up the Peninsula with a young man who had a claim near Dr. Chase's claim. (Hemlock Ridge) We took our guns and fishing tackle and started over the trail hunting, and landed at Quinault. We passed Wright with two horses and two cows, taking them to Slover at Quinault.
The same fall, I went back and bought Julius Locke's cabin (a brother of Nelson Locke) about four miles up the Lake. Gave up this place and moved to the townsite. There I used my homestead right, proved up on my homestead at Olympia, and lived there six years continuously, being storekeeper and Postmaster, appointed by the Governor. In May, 1892, the Forest Reserve was created and they took my claim away from me. Could get no patent because of this decision.
January 17, 1896:
I married Ida Locke, who was the first teacher in the Quinault school. The Ewells, Kestners, and Norwoods were the pupils.
In 1898, I got discouraged and we moved out over the trail to Waitsburg, where I ran a general mercantile business for five years. There the three oldest children were born: Robert in 1898, Oliver in 1899, Ruth in 1903.
We moved back to the Lake on the A. T. Wright place which I bought. Ranched a while. In 1908, Leigh was born and Ida died June 8th., when he was three weeks old.
My sister-in-law and daughter came to help with the children. In 1910, we moved to the old log hotel built by Jack Ewall and for two years, through the bad weather of the winter, we moved to Hoquiam to send the children to school. In 1912 we moved to Hoquiam where the sons graduated from the high school.
Robert went with the Naval Reserve on the South Dakota in 1917. He is the father of three boys. Oliver, in 1918, enlisted in the Navy on the U.S. Grant, and went to France twice. Leigh, in 1926, has two girls. Ruth finished school in Olympia. She married George Streator, son of an early Quieets settler. They have one girl.
In 1918, I married Mrs. Jane Knutsen, an English woman, who died October 8, 1933. Her first husband started to build a mill at Lake Quinault, but failed because of lack of funds.