"In 1902 when I arrived to teach the McCormick family had moved from their homestead on the north side of the lake and were living in the former Norwood home near the schoolhouse.
I had twelve pupils:
Selma Hulten - 13
Emil Hulten - 8
Hilda Hulten - 11
Josie Kestner - 8
Otto Kestner - 13
Louis Haas - 10
Chester Wilson - 13
Lillie McCormick - 16
and Richard Olson
Following the Jefferson County Survey which was long overdue, the Olsons discovered that they were not in our school district, or even in our county, hence their attendance was not reported to the County Superintendent. Helen Higley Grandey has the old records. Teacher's pay at that time was $40.00 per month.
The Mohrs had a pony named Nellie, which I rode four miles to school in the morning and back in the evening. The Quinault was quite shallow in summer that far upstream. Using a side-saddle, all I had to do was lift my left foot onto Nellie's back while she forded the river.
In her youth, Nellie had been taught to jump if any thing touched her behind the saddle. I had just started home from school one evening when she jumped and threw me hard. My head just missed the trunk of a big tree. When I recovered enough to get to my feet she has stopped and was looking back at me. But, though I tried and tried to catch her, she would always start on before I could reach her. I had to borrow a horse to get home.
On another occasion, after receiving word that my mother in Aberdeen was sick, I decided to go to the store for my mail. After school closed at four o'clock I took Lillie McCormick with me and we paddled a canoe about three miles down the lake to the store. Coming back, it grew dark and I couldn't get my bearings. But, Lillie recognized a dip in the skyline, so we made it to her landing.
Of course, I should have spent the night with her. But, I thought Mohr's would worry. So, I untied my pony and started north in the dark alone. It wasn't so bad until we came to a heavily wooded section above the lake where no light penetrated the dense timber. For some distance the trail was on high ground with a creek bed on either side. I know there was a place where the water had cut through the elevation. As we neared it, I was worried. And, so was Nellie. She finally stopped and refused to go on. "