"A mile above us lived a German family by the name of Gabert. Each morning just at breakfast time Mr. Gabert came for milk. To be polite, I always asked him to eat. Several times, I suggested, "Bring your wife and baby down for dinner", but he said, "Oh, too much trouble." Finally, I grew tired of his selfishness and bragged to Gust that I wouldn't feed him any more. The next morning, when Gabert came, I said, "Have you eaten breakfast?". "Yes," he replied, "But I can eat again." My husband thought it a good joke on me.
Then Gabert went to Axford to work in a logging camp, and I took the milk over for the baby. Mrs. Gabert was very timid. She had recently come from Germany and couldn't speak English, but I could talk to her in German.
She complained that some terrible animal was saying "Woo-oo-oo" and she was afraid to step outside. I soon discovered that is was a woodpecker picking at loose shakes on the roof. Another time she said something was eating her radishes. As she was showing me the damage, the cat rubbed against her. She slapped it, thinking it was responsible. When I suggested that wild rabbits would do it, she was afraid of them.
On Mr. Gabert's return I told him that his wife couldn't stand it to be left alone. He shrugged and said, "She'll just have to stand it." Eventually, the poor woman lost her mind and died.
One young pioneer girl went to a dance at a country schoolhouse When she opened her bag to dress, she found she had left her waist at home. However, she had a clean pair of lace-trimmed muslin, open-drawers. So she put her arms throught the leg portions, crossed the tops in front and back in surplice style, and wore them for a waist. No one ever suspected what they were.
In the early days Oregonians were called "web-footed" while Washingtonians were labeled "mossbacks". When Laura Silvey first came to live near Murhards, Kate told her that if she lived here seven years she would grow moss on her back. Laura offered Kate a dollar to see her back, but she refused. However, after having her under-shirt mildew on her back while building her cabin, she wasn't far from the truth."