By that time, Walker Brothers maintained an office on J Street. Connected with it was a bedroom, primarily for use of their teamster.
"I stayed there occasionally myself. Part of the time I acted as teamster. On my trips to town I'd slick myself up and call on Annabel. She was well thought of in the community, and I never was teased about her - only complimented on having such a fine girl. When we married, both Hoquiam papers gave the event a big spread."
To Richard and Annabel Walker were born three children: Dorothy in 1909; Richard Gordon in 1915, and Mary Elizabeth in 1916. Dorothy married Roy Sundstrum. They have two daughters: Patricia (Ellis) and Mary Elizabeth, in college. Mary Elizabeth Walker married Robert L. Dudley of Aberdeen. They have one boy, Robert, Jr. Richard Gordon Walker is a bachelor.
Annabel relates that the Indians used to pitch their temporary hide and bark tepees near her home. They stayed for weeks, picking berries, fishing, and drying the surplus. Jim Cox, who later - with his wife and daughter Nancy - lived at the lower edge of Stevens Prairie, was usually with them. The Richardson children liked him.
They were also curious about the living habits of the Indians, and on several occasions tip-toed up to their campfire after dark to watch them eat. Jim Cox, aware of their presence, would get the other Indians to jump up and let out a wild yell to scare them. Then when they ran for home he would laugh, and the children knew it was just a joke.
The Indians also held potlatches at the bend of the river above where Chilman's Shipyard now stands.
Annabel's sister - Mary Crawford - recalls that on Sundays, the young folks on the East side of the river used to ride their bicycles over the plank road to Aberdeen, or row across the river and ride their bicycles down to Grays Harbor City.
During the boom days around 1890, the prettiest float in one of Hoquiam's Fourth of July celebrations was one carrying lovely girls from Grays Harbor City.