A century ago in the Washingtonian


June 18, 1913

Polson Gives View On Failure of Road

The commissioners put a quietus on the C. D. Hanson road Monday by the statement that nothing will be done on it this year. In the opinion of many that means nothing will be done on that roadway during the term of the present commissioners.

As Senator Polson’s name has been dragged into this road matter by the commissioners, and used as an excuse for not proceeding with the work, a reporter for The Washingtonian asked him for a statement and he replied:

“I have little to say. If the business men of Aberdeen and Hoquiam can stand it I can. The road means nothing to me, other than in case of sickness or injury it would enable us to get our men out to a hospital or get medical aid in quickly. That is all it means to me but it is a great deal. I promised in the name of humanity to work for this road and I am going to stay with my men until the last ditch.

“The men who work in the woods have always been more neglected than any other class of labor. Fortunately they are a fine, sturdy, independent lot of fellows, who seldom ask odds of any one. They hoe their own row as a general thing but in this case it was necessary for them to have assistance and I have given them all I could, even to the extent of giving the county an abandoned railroad grade and right-of-way, worth thousands of dollars. I have never asked for a foot of road for myself and probably never will, but I am with the woodsmen on the C. D. Hanson road.

“We are not at the end of our resources yet but if business men of the Harbor cities, who have reaped such a golden harvest from the men in the woods and who expect to reap a greater one, would help, it would be appreciated.”

Credit to Polsons

A good deal has been said about Mr. Polson and the Quinault road and when asked about that he replied by giving the reporter the following clipping from the Grays Harbor Post of March, 1907:

In the legislalture just adjourned Senator Polson was successful in securing the passage of his “Senate Bill No. 74, fixing the tax levy for the state highway fund at one half mil, and which it is expected will create a fund of about $600,000 in the state; with our proportion of this fund, with other road funds, it is thought that Grays Harbor county will have at least $75,000 to expend each year on roads. It is now evident that the era of good roads for the Grays Harbor county is about to begin, and in a very few years we will be able to traverse the many fine valleys finding their outlet on Grays Harbor, with convenience, which have hitherto been inaccessible, and thus be able to open up and develop this part of our state. This road development work, so long needed and so ardently desired in all parts, has been made possible by Senator Polson’s bill, the benefit of which will permeate all sections of the state, but more especially the coast country, which without roads is wholly inaccessible because of the dense growth of timber. $35,000 is now available to be expended by the State Road commissioners on the road now under construction from Montesano through Aberdeen and Hoquiam to the ocean beach and Quinault lake. This road will be a priceless boon to the many residents of the Hoquiam, Humptulips, Quinault and tributary valleys, whose homes have hitherto been almost inaccessible.”

Short Memorial

“Six years ago they gave me a good deal of credit for making it possible to open up the Quinault country. I don’t know where Fishel was at that time but a good many people seem to have short memories.

“If a man who is handy with a pencil will sit down and do a little figuring he will find that the addition of a quarter mill levy for state highway purposes meant a pretty big increase in the taxes paid by the Polson Bros. I know what that increase would be but it did not prevent me putting the bill through. The best I get now is the wanton destruction of a lot of valuable timber to build a road of needless width to Lake Quinault.”

Hoquiam Husband Charged with Laziness

MONTESANO — Frank Brownrigg of Hoquiam was the first man hauled in by the county under the new “lazy husband” act. He is accused in the complaint of refusing and neglecting to support his family.

The case has not yet been disposed of but Prosecutor Stewart says that with the consent of the judge, if proper arrangements can be made, the man will be put under bonds to work and pay so much money weekly to his wife.

Under the law the judges may fine the man and pay the money to the support of the family. In this case there is nothing with which to pay a fine. Or, the court may put the prisoner under bonds to work and turn over so much money weekly to the family, which it is proposed to do in this case. Or, the court may sentence the man to a term, during which period the county commissioners must find work for him and pay the family a sum not in excess of $1.50 a day.

While the complaint is made by the prosecuting attorney, in this case it was originally made by the wife and her friends.

June 22, 1913

Another Door Factory In Hoquiam

Within about 90 days the National Lumber & Box company will have in operation one of the most up to date sash and door factories on Grays Harbor and will be turning out between 600 and 700 doors per day. The new plant will employ upwards of 70 men and will represent a heavy outlay.

The new branch of the National factory will be located on the third floor of the veneer plant, which affords plenty of room. Work will be begun the first of this week in preparing for installation of the new plant and no time will be lost in getting things in readiness and the sash and door factory in operation.

Very latest in machinery for this class of product will be installed, it is stated. In addition, a conveyor about 400’ feet in length from the new factory to the shipping shed will be built. The company is now manufacturing sash and door stock, but sells it unfinished to other concerns, to be assembled. This branch of the business will be continued, the new sash and door factory being practically a new industry. The milling plant is now employing over 400 men and the starting up of the new branch will bring the number well up to the 500 mark.

Bank Now In Its Splendid New Quarters

Work of moving the First National bank of Hoquiam from the old building across the street to the new quarters in the magnificent structure just completed, was accomplished last evening and tomorrow morning patrons will be greeted in the new building. The bank was not opened as usual last evening, but the time was occupied in the moving preparations, and so complete and careful had been the preparations that the work was finished in a short time.

Today the bank force will be engaged in getting settled in the new quarters, which are equal in appointments and convenience to any in the Northwest, including any of the larger cities. The beauty and substantial construction of the new building has excited the admiration of all visitors to Hoquiam in recent months.