By 1899 Benson Northup had completed his new home in the wilderness and applied for and received the postmastership. He, O. L. Higley and R. L. Higley, Krautcramar and W. Clarence Read were among the early men which packed Clearwater mail in on their backs from Quinault.
In 1902 Mr. Northup was school teacher on the Queets, conducting school for a three months term in the old George Hibbard home.
In 1937, in contrast to the tedious and wearying trip of pioneer days, Benson I. Northup and family loaded their canoe on a trailer and took it to Quinault Lake. There Northup launched the canoe and started down the river to its mouth.
The Quinault has a fall of approximately 212 feet from the foot of the lake to its mouth, and the Northups made the thirty-five mile trip in three hours of delightful thrills. Mr. Northup and his family have canoed to Destruction Island, nine miles from Kalaloch Beach, during the summer when the ocean was calm and weather conditions favorable.
While both Mr. and Mrs. Northup, Sr. and their eldest son Robley are dead, the Northup name remains a prominent one in the history and present life of the Olympic peninsula.
Early settlers recall that once Dave Kerr and the Phelan brothers decided to go on a hunting trip up river into the mountains. Coming back with their canoe heavily loaded with deer and elk meat, their boat went to the bottom and they lost everything but their guns and blankets. They had no food, and it took them two days to walk home. In spite of that disaster, Dave Kerr declared that he would stay on the Clearwater if he had to live with the Indians.
As before-mentioned, he and C. J. Andrews cut the Jefferson County survey trail from Forks to the Clearwater-Queets, via the upper Hoh and down Christmas Creek.
After almost becoming an Indian, Dave Kerr finally married a white girl. On their way in to the Clearwater, they stopped at the Indian hotel at the Agency (Taholah). There a tornado smashed the hotel and killed both Dave and his bride.