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When but sixteen years of age, Herman had the misfortune to discharge a muzzle loading shotgun in his face. He suffered from the effects of the accident the rest of his life. Some time after the death of his mother he married Nellie Brunson, a widow with a son, Bert. They lived for a long time at New London while Herman worked in a logging camp. Later, they moved to the Walker homestead at Axford. That house was eventually destroyed by fire.

It was through Nellie Brunson Walker that Richard Walker met his future wife. In planning a week's camping trip to Quinault Lake, Mrs. Walker asked Richard to go along as a companion for her son, Bert. She also invited two girls, one of whom was Annabel Richardson.

Annabel was a native of Bell County, Texas. When a small child she came with her parents by covered wagon caravan to Oregon. Then in 1886 to Hoquiam, where they settled on the East side of the river. For years her father, John Richardson, was blacksmith for the Northwestern mill. There were eight children in the family: Milton, Maude (Winters), Mary (Crawford), Annabel, John, Jr., Lloyd, Loraine, and Wayne.

John Richardson was the fourth Postmaster of Hoquiam. Ed Campbell being first, Peter Autzen, second, and Andrew Bruce the third.

From the time Annabel Richardson was six or seven until she was about nine, she lived almost next door to her future sister-in-law, Anna Kirkaldie and her sister Nellie Kirkaldie. Then the Captain bought the Millroy place at the forks of the Hoquiam, which was still within easy walking distance. The girls were fast friends.

At the end of the camping trip to Quinault, Richard Walker left the party and came down the river by canoe, spent a night at Moclips, then came on to Hoquiam by train. He had learned that Annabel was clerking in Marcy's grocer store near the present bank building. So, after visiting the barber shop and purchasing new shoes at Homan's he stopped in to see her. She invited him to call.