In 1893 Williams went to the Chicago's World's Fair, which had failed to open in 1892 as planned. There he met an old college chum by the name of Wilson. Wilson took Fred home and introduced him to his sister. They were congenial, so on his return hom Fred corresponded with her. Without telling anyone of his intentions, he went to Portland to meet her, married her and brought her home riding on a mule.
They had three children : Ruth, Sumner, and Hoyge (a girl). Since her children had arrived very close together, Mrs. Williams decided not to tell her family of the third one's arrival until later. However, she wanted to visit her folks. With that in mind, she taught Ruth to call the baby "Dolly" so she wouldn't give the whole thing away. Then, leaving the new baby with Mrs. Newham and Fred, she took the two older children and went East.
On arriving home she found that her younger sister was about to marry a young man not acceptable to her parents. They decided to send her to Humptulips to break up the affair. Thereupon, Mrs. Williams was forced to tell about the new baby.
Inasmuch as the Williams family had both the store and the post office, the girl did not receive any letters from her fiance - at least not directly. After about a year the parents, deciding the romance was on the rocks, sent for her. But, her sweetheart met her on the way and they were married before she reached home.
According to Kate Murhard, Mrs. Williams, lately from the East, liked to brag about her "silverware", which consisted of a half-dozen Rogers plated knives, forks, and spoons. Kate had as much herself. So when Mrs. Williams remarked one day, "I just told Fred not to buy me any more silverware," Kate looked at her innocently and said, "It is getting awfully cheap, Gust just got me six spoons with a box of soap." Mrs. Williams gave her a withering glance which plainly showed she thought her very ignorant.
Fred Williams' barn, built in 1894, still stands near the now Loomis home. (In 1957).