EARLY SETTLERS OF QUINAULT
In 1939, Mr. O. L. Higley gave the following general information to his son-in-law, Howard Grandey:
Alfred Noyes who came to Lake Quinault in the winter of 1888-9. He came up the river with the Indians. Brought traps and settled on that which is now Robert Locke's place.
J. N. Locke, father of Phil and Robert. Arrived in the summer of 1889, and settled on the North side of the Lake, and just above it. Came over the mountains from Montesano by compass. When he first saw the lake from the top of the surrounding hills, his compass was pointing directly through the center of the Lake. He saw no sign of civilization from one mile this side of Montesano.
Jack and Al Pruce, Jack Ewell, and Joe Kelley came in the summer of 1889. (Also, Harry West, Shorty Axtel, and John Sinclair. All located homesteads there except Shorty Axtel, who settled on the north beach.)
In the summer of 1890, Neil McCarty and a man by the name of Smith brought several settlers up the river and settled them around the lake, clear to the forks of the river. Charging $50.00 per settler.
Sam Gilman, civil engineer for the Northern Pacific, his father and brother, came to Quinault from Port Angeles. They cruised the timber and made a rough location for a railroad. (Other information says Chas. DeLong accompanied the Gilmans.)
O. L. Higley, his father, A. V. Higley, and Fritzherbert Leather, came over the mountains from Hoodsport, via Lake Cushman, Heart Lake, Upper O'Neil Creek and the East Fork of the Quinault during the summer of 1890. They overtook Lt. O'Neil's party at Heart Lake and camped with them there.
Lieutenant O'Neil and his men were on furlough, exploring the Olympics and killing elk. They attempted to cure the meat and intended to pack it out and sell it. They did not know the correct way to cure meat, and on the way to the Lake, when a piece of meat fell from the pack horse. They found it was spoiled. On investigating they found they had only thirty-five pounds of good meat. They had killed fourteen elk in one band.