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When my husband came home I told him I hadn't milked the cow for two days. The bull wouldn't let her come home. My husband started out to get the cow. The boys told him not to cross the beach because the elk was there. The bull started for him, so he shot him.

They skinned him, and Ovid and Keatner were to haul it over to Olsons. They met Olson coming after his bull. "Well, here he is" they said. Olson was mad because they had killed it, so the boys said "We'll dump it right here if you don't want it." But he begged them to haul it over for him.

A cougar used to track the children to school. The Olson boys said to let them go, and they would protect them. I was plenty worried. But they all took guns and laid in wait in the woods. The cougar would go in a circle behind them, and every once in a while they would get a glimpse of him. He was a very large cougar, and he wouldn't tree so they could get a chance at him. It took quite a while, but they finally got him.


The first school in the Quinault Valley was held in a log house built by donated labor of the settlers. It was small and low and furnished with only three or four benches. In its decaying stage it somewhat resembled a root-cellar. However, it was ample for the few pupils then in the neighborhood.

School opened in the spring of 1892, with Miss Ida Locke teacher. According to Joe Kestner, she had six pupils. Robert Locke, Phil Locke, Eva Slover, Joe Kestner, and Susie and Herbert Bennett (children of Mrs. Jack Ewell). During her three terms Miss Locke acquired two additional scholars: Jodine Norwood and Otto Kestner.

In 1895, Miss Birdie Mooney taught the school and boarded with the Wright family. She was followed in 1896 by Miss Lulu Putnam, in 1897 by Miss Bertha Gatton (daughter of a Quinault homesteader), and in 1898 by Miss Marie Osby. In 1899 there was no school in this building, the pupils attending the new "upper" school.