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"There was no post office closer than Hoquiam, about twenty-eight miles away. Anyone coming in from town brought the mail for all the settlers, and it was passed along. Sometimes our letters were quite old when we got them. We seldom got any second class matter.

My sister's family stayed about four months. After that, I was alone another four months. Then I returned to Montesano, made final proof on the preemption, and resumed dressmaking. Soon thereafter, Myron needed the money he had advanced me, and I sold to him. After deducting everything I owed there was very little left from the claim, but experience.

Sometime after this there was a rumor that the government was about to survey the Township above my preemption. I recalled hearing Mr. Murhard and Myron talking about a claim there that would be very valuable for its timber. I had saved a little money, so decided to "squat' on that piece of land. Oh course, I had to make personal settlement and as I could not find it by myself, Myron and I started for the 'unsurveyed'. By this time settlers were more plentiful and boat facilities better.

We arrived at New London at noon, walked as far as Axford Prairie and stayed all night with the Clydes. Next day we walked as far as my preemption. George Walker's lived on the other side of the river and we stayed with them. The following day we reached the 'Unsurveyed' - the famous 21-9, some five or six miles above Humptulips.

There we found that hunters had made a rude cabin by rolling up some logs and roofing them with bark. We cut some brush around the cabin and I stuck up my notice that I claimed it. Then we returned to the nearest settler for the night. I was so tired I didn't think I could walk back to New London. While I stayed there a couple days and rested, Myron borrowed some tools and make $25.00 worth of improvements as required by law. After returning to Montessano, I wasn't nearly as enthused about that claim, so sold my squatter's right to Charles Hurd. The survey didn't come for seven years."