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When I first knew the Forks hotel, it had no real accommodations for women guests. When such had to be received, they were all put in a certain large room which had to be reached by going through the rooms for men guests.

The women and girls sat around the lobby until all agreed it was bedtime. Then the landlord would go upstairs where the men slept, to see that everyone was presentable. Then the landlady would escort her female guests to their room where they stayed locked away until she came for them next morning.

The locked door was not so much to discourage wolfing, but to shut out inebriated guests who, on dance nights or celebrations such as the Fourth of July, usually were unable to tell one door from another.

Here is an outline of the Huelsdonk family and its ramifications, as it settled in the Hoh Valley between 1892 and 1898. Then most settlers left the valley, after proving up their homesteads, but my father John stayed and raised his family there. Herman, father of John, died about 1894, and his widow completed the homestead proof.

Henry then became the head of the family consisting of his widowed mother, Grandfather, and sister Elizabeth, brothers Gus, Fritz, and Adolph, and the daughters of Johanna, Marie, and Geneva Wolf. Henry and his dependents moved first to Forks where Cornelius Bernz died, and then to California. Later they returned to Seattle, and ultimately to the Hoh Valley.

Practically all the descendants of John and Dora Huelsdonk (about nine families) are now living at Fork's post office addresses. Only our eldest son, John, and his family, remain in Seattle.