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When he grew to manhood, Chester Wilson married Rebecca Lorety, a teacher. He and his wife became the parents of nine children - four boys and five girls:

and Raleigh

All nine attended Quinault school together for one year. That year Laurence and Isabelle graduated from High School.

For years Mr. Wilson operated the Quinault Dairy.

The story is told that one night the Wilsons attended a school entertainment and returned home minus one of the children. The teacher discovered him asleep and took him home with her. The family didn't miss him until breakfast time next morning.

Ignar Olson, in an interview with Ade Fredericksen printed in the "Aberdeen World" says:

Many people have wondered why Father pushed on beyond the A. V. Higley, the Locks, and the Antone Kestner farms - deep into the virgin forest. He did so because he wanted to raise cattle and didn't want his stock, then a good strain of Durhams, to get mixed with other cattle. Then, too, there was a lot of grazing land available. While the homestead comprised only 160 acres, there were thousands of acres of Forest Service land on which cattle could graze.

The Olsons were pretty much alone - save for a bachelor homesteader, John Lindahl - until 1906 when the June Eleventhers settled in the area. They were so called because that was the date of an act which threw open more Forest Service land and permitted their entry.

The trip to the claim, in addition to miles of hardship, was marked by a near tragedy. While fording Merriman Creek, the horse on which Hulda - fourteen; Ignar - four; and Elma - two were riding, slipped on the steep bank and fell over backwards, submerging the children in the chill water. The two little ones were tied to the saddle so they wouldn't fall off. Gasping and choking they were pulled out just in time.

But Hulda landed in the creek, and the horse in recovering his foothold, stepped on her, injuring her badly.