Later, Stockwell & Burrows bought out Stiles. Pete Burrows logged on the lower Humptulips (at Burrows). Jim Gillis had a camp near the mouth of the river. Elzy White and Mike Grazier operated near wilderness, at the head of the tide-water. H.P. Burrows and Billy Patterson logged nearby. Stencil had a camp on Deep Creek. He later sold to Nelson & Shaw who operated two camps - one on the site of what is now Failor Lake and the other near Copalis.
Davis & Payne logged above Nelson & Shaw. Stockwell's first camp was on Deep Creek. Then he moved southwest of Brittains, near Stevens Prairie, and later to Big Creek. The Brittains and Sargent & McDonald logged on the Humptulips. Clyde Brothers had opened up Big Creek and stayed there for about three years, bringing in a Dolbeer donkey engine. Walker Brothers began their logging operations there, then moved to School Section for a couple of years. Jim Newbury cut timber on Big Creek continuously for four years, then logged several Humptulips homesteads and a portion of School Section. Cameron and Hoover had a camp on the East Branch of the Humptulips. W. Corkrey and Gus Carlson, Bob Coates, and Cliff Weatherwax, Al and Mike Coates, also logged there.
While these early camps were using from three to five yoke of oxen to haul their 'turn' of logs over skid roads, the settlers up river had to be content with hand logging along the river banks. Two men - first with double-bitted axes, then with a crosscut saw - felled the tree. next, they limbed it, and "bucked" it up into logs varying in length from twenty to forty feet. Then, the logs were rolled (at first with peaveys or canthooks: later with jack-screws) and dumped over the bank into the river bed where they would remain until high water carried them downstream. These "freshets" which occurred usually in March and again in October or November, were undependable.
As logging moved farther into the interior, the volume of water in the rivers and creeks was not sufficient to float these monstrous logs. To eliminate the element of chance and to permit of logging on smaller streams, Alex Polson, in 1884, constructed on the Hoquiam River the first driving dam, or "splash: dam, on Grays Harbor. It was the best one in America, because of its quick-opening gate, which released a big flood of water. This gate was the invention of Dan Dineen. (According to Dan McGillicuddy, Al P. Stockwell later built twenty-seven splash dams on the Humptulips.)