"As his and Walkers were the only teams in the country, Mr. Sudderth freighted for a living, moving in newcomers and their belongings. Mr. Sudderth died March, 1907. For two years the family lived at the ranch. Later, James C. took over the place and rented it to loggers. Then Mrs. Sudderth and the boys moved back on the claim. Finally, Mrs. Sudderth turned it over to the boys. Fire burned the old house in 1921.
All the children except Eoline were born on the Sudderth ranch. James C. "Bon" was the first white child born on the Prairie, Sept. 15, 1887. Then came Hugh L. Jan. 1, 1890. Next the twins Earl and Pearl, January 9, 1893. Then William Bryan May 23, 1896, and Ernest - ??.
Two of the Sudderth boys met accidental death. Hugh, at the age of seventeen, was helping to blast with dynamite. The explosion gave him a terrific headache and he started for home. On the way he was drowned in a slough.
Four-year-old Earl was sitting on a fence watching his brothers cut down a small vine maple. When it fell it glanced off another tree and crushed him.
The story is related that when Eoline was still a little girl, her mother told her to do something. She replied, "Eoline don't want to, Mummy, Eoline AINT A GOIN' TO! and Eoline WON'T!" But Eoline did, because her mother was as determined as she. Eoline married George Fairchild who built a steam mill on Big Creek after Walkers quit operating theirs.
Mrs. Sudderth says, in reply to an inquiry from Grace McNutt, "I well remember the Dark Day of September 12, 1902. When I got up it was quite dark, but kept getting darker. Fires were back of our barn. Limbs kept falling ! And trees! The Bockovers and Mr. Walker came to my house that day. Mr. Sudderth had gone to Elma to buy a mare. The next day he had to come over logs ablaze, but made it through. About 11 A. M. I started out to hunt for the boys. I took a lantern, but could see only one step ahead of me.
The school teacher that year was Miss Mabel Harker.
I recall that Billy Dawson, Mr. John McCamat, DeArcy Kirk, traver, Andy Smith, and Billy Thomoson were neighbors.
There was a trail two and a half miles long from Sudderths to Old Kettle's place. (Indian). There was also a trail that had been put through from Copalis Beach to Axford Prairie about the time of the Civil War. A man could take cattle via Copalis to Damon's Point, load them on a boat for Montesano, then drive them over the Hicklin Road to Olympia. Damon got the stragglers, and built up quite a herd."