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In addition to his mercantile businss, Williams ran a small logging camp above Murhard's.

After selling the store to N. T. "Bud" Loomis, of Quinault, he moved to Hoquiam and bought an interest in the Blagen mill. The family lived in a beautiful home on Lincoln Street. The eldest child Ruth died there. They later moved to Portland.

Kate Murhard related:

"Williams had a pet doe with a bell on her neck. One day I was walking across the prairie with a basket of eggs on my arm. The doe came to me and sniffed at the basket. So I lifted the cover and let her look in. Seeing it was nothing she liked to eat she trotted off - probably to nibble on someone's garden.

Fred Williams also had a male deer that stayed around his place. One day it tried to trample the Allman girls, so it had to be butchered."


In 1892 the cable bridge was constructed across the Humptulips. The approach on the north side was made by driving four piling into the ground and building a platform between. One end of the cable was looped over one of these posts. On the south side of the river the other end was secured around a stump. Hanging from the cable was a basket on pulleys. By means of a long rope the passenger pulled himself across. Since the river-bed was some 200 feet wide, the cable dipped in the middle letting the basket down to within only a few feet of the raging water when it was high. It was easy enough going down to mid-stream but getting back up to the other side was hard work. Carson Newnham and Ethel Lindsay once got stuck in it.

Bud Loomis tells the following story:

"Harry Evans, Sr., had a Salvation Army preacher friend who married a large-framed Swedish girl. Evans invited the couple to spend their honeymoon at his hotel at Humptulips. The country being new to the bride, her husband took her out walking to see the scenery and to be alone. They walked down to this cable bridge. He professed to know all about it."