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When Ernest Paull and wife left the Norwood Station at Quinault in 1915. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hartsook were acting as Guards. About a year later, Mr. Hartsook was appointed Forest Ranger. He moved the station, clearing huge stumps and building the present buildings.

In 1918, De Vahiland's Air Patrol landed on the Ranger Station clearing. They were making a security check on account of the war.

The Hartsooks had one daughter, Ruth Ann.

Mr. Hartsook was followed by Joe Fulton, now of Elma, who acted for twenty years.


Fred Halbert and wife operated a resort at Lake Quinault for thirty years. A. V. Higley built a dance house on a float on the former Rob Locke place at the head of the Lake. Fred Halbert had a boat house near the hotel. Later he took over Higley's place because he thought the location better for swimming and boating. On leaving the Lake, the Halberts lived for a time in Hoquiam, then moved to Centralia.

Banta's Diary of Exploration and Settlement Operations

In December, 1889, while the Humptulips and the Quinault valleys were being settled via Hoquiam or the waterways, J. J. Banta and S. Price Sharp left Tacoma in search of a homestead somewhere west of Port Townsend.

After taking a boat to Pysht, they walked some twenty miles south to a beaver farm, and stopped with Crosby and Harriss. There they overtook Chas. A. Gilman (ex-Lieut. Governor of St. Cloud, Minn.) and his son, Sam. The elder Gilman explained that they were mapping out a possible route for a railroad, and suggested that if Banta and Sharp would accompany them to the Grays Harbor country, he would defray their expenses.

As they had no definite destination and were out to explore the country, Banta and Sharp agreed to Gilman's proposition.

Accordingly, the four men, with sixty pound packs on their backs, set out across the unexplored wilderness of the Duckabush Divide. Their daring trip through the Olympic Peninsula in winter led to the colonization of the Queets and Clearwater Valleys, as related in Banta's thrilling diary, which I quote: