Next they ferried across the Chehalis river in the little steamer "Progress" and took the "Harbor Queen" from berdeen to Hoquiam. After spending the night in the old hotel Gamage on I Street, they left for Oyehut on the "Thistle" operated by the late Capt. Benham.
From Oyehut the family traveled by stage up the beach to Grigsby's near Copalis, then on to Taholah where the late Chas. McIntyre was Indian Agent.
From Taholah the family ferried across the Quinault and walked and forded its way up the beach to the mouth of the Queets, carrying packs, equipment, and the youngest child, Ruby, only six months old, by relays.
After reaching the Queets they followed a faint trail on the southeast side of the river until they came to Jack Beard's place. There he set them across the river to McKinnons. From there they made their way to the white settlement on the upper Queets, crossing the river several times.
Unlike many of his neighbors, Frederick Nelson Streater was a farmer, and one of the few settlers in the valley who made his ranch yield him a living. For a few months he did go to Hoquiam and work in the Northeast mill for a dollar a day and board. Out of this dollar he managed to save eighty cents a day with which to buy groceries for the family.
On the homestead he cleared land continually, and as soon as he could do so, bought a cow. next he had two, and gradually worked into cattle raising, selling from five to fifteen head a year. In those days, before the farm began producing, Providence seemingly took a hand in supplying the necessities.
Mr. Streater had loaned money to a Seattle man so long ago that he despaired of ever getting it back. However, the man who owed him was converted in a religious meeting, and decided to repay Mr. Streater at the rate of ten dollars per month. This cash enabled the family to live until something could be sold from the ranch.
Elizabeth Streater, a farm bred woman, helped in every way. Notwithstanding her large family, she made butter and sold it all year around by packing the surplus in a tub.
After coming to the Queets four more children were born to Frederick and Elizabeth Streater : George, Otto E. and twin girls, Jessie and Jettie. Their father delivered them all. George was the first white boy born on the Queets.