LOG ROLLING AT LAKE QUINAULT - 1905
A newspaper item says:
"Tar Henderson, Gus Spiegle, Matt Dillon, John Perry, W. Powers, H. Powers, Purl Stone, Perry Hubble, M. Douglas will enter the log-rolling contest."
Young fellows at Quinault could make it to Hoquiam in a day by starting very early, and running down the hills. It was a forty mile trip.
Bachelors were anxious for wives, and single women were scarce. Consequently, school teachers were gobbled up. Young men of the school district vied with one another to get the next teacher.
Along the beach, between Grays Harbor and Pt. Greenville - a distance of about 35 miles - men erected high derricks from which to shoot sea otter. They would collect in schools a half mile to a mile off shore, dive down where the water was shallow, and come up with a clam in their paws. Then they would lie on their backs and, with heads into the wind, swim while they ate. They lived mostly on clams, mussels and sometimes crabs. The first derrick built was 22 feet high, and the man who erected it shot three otter that day. The skins at that time were worth about $100.00 apiece.
Later derricks were built 65 feet high with a tiny house on the top just big enough for a man to stand in. Then with a high-powered Sharps rifle he could shoot otter quite a distance off shore and let the tide bring them in. Skins increased in value until they were worth $300.00 each. Eventually the otter were exterminated.