To return to Jane Donaldson Streater's account:
"Our first school on the Queets was at the Hartzell place in their log cabin. Mrs. Hartzell taught two three-month terms. She was also our Sunday School teacher. Another early teacher was Miss Helen Toles, sister to Mrs. NoOrthup. She taught us six weeks in Donaldson's house and six weeks in McKinnon's boarding free in these homes.
Miss Marie Osby, Mrs. King's sister, taught in the McKinnon home one term. Fred Knack used to set his children across the river. Mrs. S. Glover taught us in Schaupp's house, and Mr. Benson Northup held school in George Hibbard's house. Miss Osby also taught in the Steater district where my father-in-law, Frederick Streater, donated ground for the first schoolhouse. John Cooper taught the Queets school in 1906.
By 1900, when Miss Ingeborg Lundgren came from Aberdeen to be our teacher, there was a school house in the Stretor district. It was fitted with a blackboard about three feet by five, with a shelf beneath for chalk and eraser. The eraser was a wooden block covered with a piece of carpet. The desks and benches were hand made and wide enough for two scholars. The back of one bench formed the front of the next desk. For heat we had a rectangular box-shaped stove with two holes on top and a separate ornamental top that swung to one side. At the back of the room stood a water-bucket with a tin dipper in it. School opened with a hymn and prayer.
Miss Lundgren was to teach a three-months' fall term on our side of the river. Then she went back to Aberdeen and returned to teach a three months summer term on the other side of the river. The children couldn't cross the river in winter, as it was too dangerous. Mother boarded the teacher free while she taught our school.
For the first meal she had cooked cauliflower, and I happened to get a green worm on mine. I was then about fourteen. I jumped up and backed away from the table and made a terrible fuss. Miss Lundgren merely said, "Oh well, it didn't hurt mine" and continued eating her cauliflower. Afterward Mother scolded me for making such a scene when the new teacher was there."
Ingeborg Lundgren describes her experience on the Queets-Clearwater in an article in the Aberdeen World:
"'Twas in the fall month of October, year 1900. Winter rains had already set in. There was only one school vacancy in the county - in the lower Queets valley. No teacher seemed to want it because of the trouble, inconvenience and difficulties of such a trip into the far back-woods. Besides the pay was only $40.00 per month. Not very appealing."