Amy Angelo, in a letter to her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Waggle, dated Humptulips, Washington Territory, August 1, (no year) says:
We moved up here the third of April. There is no road to our place, but the men are making one now. So Papa had the Indians bring us up the Humptulips River in their canoe, which took three days.
We have 480 acres of good land, mostly prairie, bordered by heavy timber. The Humptulips River runs on the South side of our place. The greater part of Washington Territory is heavily timbered. There are some good prairies. Land is not very high here, compared with most places.
Mother's health is failing fast. Papa is well most of the time and is quite well pleased with the country. We intend to have a stock ranch and just raise enough hay to keep our stock in winter. We have a real nice garden. Vegetables grow abundantly here.
There is no post office nearer than Hoquiam which is 27 miles from here, so we get all our mail there. The people have applied for a post office on the Humptulips but had not received an answer the last we heard. There are no churches or schools here. If nothing happens there will be a school organized this fall. I got quite lonely when we first moved here, but I like to live here now. Our nearest neighbor lives two and a half miles away.
I spent the Fourth of July in Montesano, but it rained nearly all day so did not have a good time. Brother Jim and I went to the Ball in the evening. The boys are both at home now. I am going back to Los Angeles to finish my education at Branch Normal School.
Does your son take music lessons on the piano or organ? I have not taken any music lessons since I came to the Territory. We had to leave our piano in Montesano on account of having no road to our place, but hope to bring it as soon as the road is completed. I have a splendid opportunity to practice here, but cannot without an instrument.
Papa says for you to come and make us a visit. It will be a good chance for you to look at the country. Write soon and often to your niece.