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The following additional history of the early settlement of the Queets-Clearwater area was obtained in large part, from Jane Donaldson and her husband Charles Streator, who were children of six and eleven when their parents settled on homesteads in the Queets Valley:


Frederick Knack was born in Germany near the Swiss mountains. He was a carpenter by trade. After migrating to the United States he married and settled in Duluth, Minn. For five years the Knacks had no children. During that time they came to Washington to look over the country. While her husband worked in the car shops at Sprague, Mrs. Knack, a good seamstress, helped the neighbor women with their sewing.

After their return to Duluth, three children were born to them: Henry, Frieda, and Kate. Then Frank Schaupp, who was raised in the same village in Germany as Frederick Knack, decided to join him. For some time Schaupp made his home with the Knacks in Duluth. But both men had the urge to pioneer the Washington wilderness.

Schaupp must have come West before the Knacks, because Banta records that Frank and his wife accompanied him into the Queets about August 1st, 1890. The Schaupp claim was just east of George Hibbard's. Henry Schaupp was the first white girl born on the Queets.

In 1891 the Knack family moved to Seattle where Henry, the eldest child, attended the Denny school. In August, 1892, following the birth of another daughter, Clara, the Knacks also settled on a homestead, adjacent to Hibbard's on the West.

At that time there were no roads in the Grays Harbor area, so the family had to travel by boat to Oyehut, then by wagon some twenty-five miles along the beach to the Indian Agency (now Taholah). From that point they had to "pack in" to the mouth of the Queets hiring Indians to help carry the equipment and the four children. After spending a night at Indian Dick Sharp's hotel, they canoed about six miles up the Queets to their homestead between McKinnons and Hibbards.