"Next morning Myron went to Murhard's and Gust came down river in his canoe and took us to my claim. Then the men went after the provisions and canoed them up river to us. After picking out a nice big maple tree as our home, we unpacked. This was the 14th of September and a lovely day. Well, that night it started to rain. And did it rain? For two weeks without stopping; My shirt actually mildewed on my back.
It wasn't any fun trying to keep the little girl and the provisions dry. Mr. Murhard offered us the use of his cabin. But, at that time he had only one room, and his father was living with him. So, of course, we did not accept. However, he brought us some cedar boards he had split and that gave us a little shelter. Next, for the cabin.
After Gust helped my brother-in-law to fell a large fir tree, Myron suggested that Tena and I could buck up part of it with a cross-cut saw. We tried it, but never got the first cut off. In fact, we quarreled, each accusing the other of laying down on the job. We did help rive, and we packed the shakes over fallen logs and through the wet brush to the cabin site. As soon as the frame was up and the roof on, we moved in, even though we had to step over the floor joists to do our work. With no walls to the house, the strange noises of the woods and river kept me awake. The dog salmon were running and the flopping of their tails against the river bank annoyed me. Occasionally I heard a coyote howl.
We worked until we had the cabin comparatively tight, plugging the cracks with long moss. The next thing was to make our beds more comfortable. We had no mattresses, but we did have bed-ticks. Since everything outside was wet from two weeks of rain, we gathered large maple leaves and dried them around our little sheet-iron stove and stuffed them into the ticks. They made soft beds for a while, but soon pulverized into dust. Then Myron went down to Angelo's and packed home a big bundle of straw on his back. Our furniture was made out of the same tree as the cabin. Our meat was principally elk."