"Herman and Jerry took claims on the West Branch of the Humptulips, but John and I were so young that by the time we came of age all the good claims were gone. In October, 1892, Jerry, John McCamat, and Jim Newbury split the puncheon for the road from Humptulip to Axford.
Father later built a store, hotel, and barns. Our mother, Maggie Walker, was appointed Axford Postmistress in 1891. She died in December, 1897. Father joined her in 1902. Coming into the ownership of considerable timber, we four sons commenced logging. In addition to our own holdings, we purchased two Hubbell claims."
The Walker Brothers made a fortune in timber, employing from 25 to 35 men, and logging on both the East and the West forks of the Humptulips down to their junction. As before mentioned, Walkers constructed swinging bridges across the East fork, giving easy access to the West fork operations.
These bridges were suspended from two cables. Iron supports, having a hook at the upper end and a right-angled shelf at the lower, were hung over the cables. Then floor planks were bolted to the iron shelves.
The four Walker families lived modestly and pooled their interests. Herman, who had a knack for making profitable investments, built the fortune up to $400,000. However, inside of four years after his death, the money was lost, largely through investments in Canadian mining stock.
When Elkanah Walker donated land for use of Pacific University at Forest Grove, Oregon, he did so with the provision that any descendent of his could attend that school, tuition free. Jerry Walker, his granson, availed himself of the opportunity and spent seven years there, graduating in 1900. Whatever plans he had made for the future were abandoned when he decided to go into the logging business with his brothers.
It is rumored that he went around tacking up Bible verses on trees near the Walker Bros. camp. Herman, knowing the men would quit if approached on religion, followed and removed them. Those loggers were tough nuts, and gloried in it.
Jerry Walker was walking to Humptulips one evening to a dance. As he came up over the hill between Axford Prairie and Humptulips, a rifle cracked and he thought he heard the bullet. He yelled. Then he met Billy Cogdill coming up. Billy was always afraid a cougar was following him. "I just shot at a bear", he explained. But, when Jerry got to the dance he found that Billy had shot a hole through his hat.