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"What will you give me to haul half this load into Humptulips City?", Grigsby asked.

"Nothing", said McNutt.

So Grigsby got out, unharnessed his white horse, took collar and halter, and started off down the road. For a moment McNutt sat there stunned, his one horse hitched up. Then he chased after Grigsby and paid him $30.00 to help take the load into Humptulips.

McNutt had figured that by the time they got there Grigsby would forget he had bought the horse. But he didn't. So, in order to keep his wife from finding out how foolish he had been, McNutt had to buy the horse back. He was out his thirty dollars, less the one-fifty he charged Lee Grigsby."


Harry Byng was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1856. In 1887 he left Seattle, stopped at the Olympia Land Office for a map, came on down to Hoquiam and located himself on a preemption on what is now DeKay road. President Benjamin Harrison signed his land patent.

At the age of 94 Byng recalls that bear came down to the George L. Davis logging camp, and even took pigs from Samuel Barnett's pig pen. So several men took guns and killed bear and nailed them to the trunks of nearby trees, as a warning. That was in 1889.

Byng had been a sea-faring man, and before coming to this area had sailed around the world seven times. In 1891 he made a trip to southern California to see King Kalagus of Honolulu whom he had once served as barber. In those days, Byng was a fastidious dresser. He owned a dress suit, wore standing collars, and carried a gold-headed cane. In 1959 Harry Byng is almost 103 years old.

Being a barber, he opened a shop on Ninth Street, in Hoquiam, near the Soule property. "Chase & Ogden were next door to me", he relates, "Joe Smith's Drug Store, Judge Brinker's office, and W. B. Mack's real estate office were in the same block. At one of our 4th of July celebrations, Joe Smith caught the greased pig."

Harry Hoormans had a real estate office on Ninth between I and J streets. Eversham's restaurant was near the dock, between 9th and 10th. The Northwest mill store was on the waterfront between 10th & 11th. Gamage operated a small hotel and restaurant. He also played the violin at the old skating rink. There was also the Baldwin Hotel.