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"In 1911, after living continuously on the homestead for twenty-three years, he sold the place and moved to Hoquiam where he engaged in the real estate business in a small way. He dropped dead at his home, May 1, 1922.

Once a party of three men wrote Gust, "We're coming up next week and want you to locate us on claims. There's big money in it for you." They came and stayed several days while Gust showed them over many claims, but they couldn't pay the locating fees nor anything for their board. Instead, they left Gust an old fish net and a gasoline stove, which we couldn't use there. However, Gust stretched the net in the river at night and usually by morning had a fish in it. That was before splash dams were built. Afterward he couldn't use the net as logs would tear it to pieces.

On another occasion Gust was poling over a riffle with two men in a canoe. He was chasing a school of salmon which were swimming so fast, that when they came to a sharp bend in the river they couldn't turn, but shot out onto the sand bar. The men picked up several and threw the others back into the water."


(By Fred Brittain)

"My great-grandmother was born in 1791 and died in 1878. Her maiden name was Riffle, and she married a Beedle. My great-grandparents, the Beedle family, were pioneers in Ohio, later moving to Illinois where Rebecca (my grandmother Sargent) was born in October, 1831.

While living in Ohio the husband of Rebecca's aunt was captured by Indians and held captive three years. Then he was discovered by relatives in the Great Lakes region and returned to his home.

My grandfather, Levi Sargent, was born in Indiana in 1829, his father being a preacher. Levi Sargent and Rebecca Beedle were married in Illinois in 1850. To them were born : Mary Jane (my mother) - Nov., 1852; Charles C. - March 7, 1855, Alice, Clara, Jossie, Laura, Ada, Walter, and Alma."