Page 71

Kate Murhard relates:

"After the Charley Sargent family moved from the claim to Aberdeen, Kate Sargent's brother, Mr. Monroe, came from the East to visit them. He thought the family very good-looking; and wanted a photograph. After he went home he kept writing for a picture. Finally Kate wrote that she was sending it.

When it arrived, Mr. Monroe unwrapped it, and without even glancing at it, proudly handed it over to a friend with the remakr, "My sister's family." His friend looked somewhat surprised, then laughed. The picture was a gag. The comic characters were labeled "Mr. U. B. Dam, Mrs. Ila B. Dam, Miss Helen Dam, and the Dam dog."

Roy Sargent married Isabell McDermoth, daughter of a pioneer minister of Aberdeen. They became the parents of three children. Charles McDermoth was born Dec. 15, 1907. Died Nov. 10, 1921. The "Sunny" Sargent High School trophy is still given in his memory. The second child, Ethel Catherine, was born Nov. 5, 1909. She married a man by the name of Bratt and lives at Everett. The third child, Roswell Monroe, was born April 6, 1912, and died April 6, 1915.

For many years Roy was engaged in logging. Then he became City Treasurer of Aberdeen, with his sister Nellie as his assistant. Still later he served as Mayor.

Nellie married William Marshall and now resides at Alder Manor, in the vicinity of Seattle. They have four children: Mauritz, Rodney, Mona, and William.

The story is told that before Brittains came to Humptulips they lived in Olympia next door ta a church but didn't attend. One Sunday morning, unbeknown to Mrs. Brittain, a neighbor child scattered a deck of cards on her front porch. After church, when Mrs. Brittain discovered it, she felt very mortified, fearing that the members would think she had done it in defiance of their belief that card-playing was wicked.

Gust Murhard and Newton Brittain settled on the Humptulips about the same time, 1887. Gust said to Newt that he was going to build his cabin where trees could not fall on it. Brittain laughed at that and said the trees would protect the cabin. The Brittain and the Sargent claims were adjacent but one corner of the Sargent place lay across the river from Brittains and Murhards. At first Brittain built at the foot of a timbered hill, while Sargent had his cabin on the hillside.

One afternoon such a strong windstorm arose that the trees were falling all around. Mary Brittain was afraid one would smash the cabin. At her insistence the family spent an uncomfortable night in a hollow cedar stump. Fortunately the cabin wasn't hit, but after that Mr. Brittain cleared more land around it. Later on, Sargents built across the river to be closer to school and store.