100 years ago in the “Washie”


May 27, 1913

Drops Dead While Reading the Paper

Mrs. Elizabeth Bemiss, aged 47 years, wife of E. J. Bemiss, dropped dead early yesterday afternoon at her home, 305 M Street, as she sat reading a newspaper, after helping her daughter, Mrs. Brunsdon, with the noon housework. Discovery of her mother’s death was made by Mrs. Brunsdon but a few minutes after life had flown.

For several weeks Mrs. Bemiss had been in poor health and the doctor held out little hope of her recovery from heart trouble, by which she was afflicted. Yesterday, after the noonday meal, Mrs. Bemiss assisted her daughter with the housework, and after the dishes had been washed went to the living room and sat down to read the paper. Mrs. Brunsdon went into an adjoining room to do some work. She remained only a few minutes, but when she came out she found her mother dead, the body still resting in the chair.

Mrs. Bemiss had been a resident of Hoquiam since 1887. Besides her husband and daughter, Mrs. Brunsdon, deceased is survived by a daughter, Miss Jessie, now on her way home from Los Angeles; a son, Ernest, in Hoquiam, and a sister in Tacoma. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

May 28, 1913

Hoquiam Hunters Find Bears are Plentiful

Sunday was “bear day” in Hoquiam. Two were killed in the northern suburbs about daylight, a third was driven across the river by dogs and out of range of the hunters, and in the evening another was wounded in the same vicinity.

Reports having been brought in that several bears had been seen feeding on the carcass of a horse which had been hauled out to the municipal dumping grounds near the Little Hoquiam Bridge. Alton R. Kellogg started out with his pack of dogs before daylight. If there is anything that will make Kellogg turn out early and stay up late it is a prospect to “work out” his young dogs on a bear trail. When he reached the dump he was greeted with a merry “ha! ha!” or something like that, from Charles Knokey and another lad, who informed him they “had the bear.” And they did have one — a big fellow, with a handsome hide. In a few minutes the dogs started another one, a yearling, that gave both Kellogg and the pups more exercise than they bargained for.

The cub tired several times but upon approach of Kellogg the animal would drop to the ground and scamper on again until forced to climb out of the way of the pack. Finally, Kellogg broke one of the cubs forelegs as it was sliding down a tree behind which its body was protected. This didn’t stop bruin however. He put up a good three-legged race with frequent stops to fight the dogs.

While crossing a mud slide above a pond one of the younger dogs, who has just enough bull blood to make him a good stayer, grabbed the cub by the neck on the wounded side and the pair rolled about 30 feet into the pond, where they were occasionally hurled out of sight in mud and water, first one on top and then the other. Both were about “all in” when Kellogg put an end to the comedy with a bullet.

Later in the day the dogs started another bear in the same vicinity, and it escaped by swimming the river before the hunters could get within range. Having acquired “the habit” Kellogg and his partner O. R. Thurberg, returned to the refuse dump in the evening and had not been on watch more than 10 minutes before the apparent head of that bear family appeared on a log almost over their heads. He fell into a thicket after the first shot. It was then almost dark, and, supposing they had killed him, they concluded they would return in the morning for the hide.

This animal was only wounded, however, and the dogs lost the trail after following it Monday morning almost to New London.

May 29, 1913

Woman is Injured Trying To Save Her Child

The East Hoquiam Boom & Logging company has been sued by Lee Berryman and wife for $35,000 damages and a most exciting and interesting incident is told in relating the case.

The Berrymans live about five miles north of Hoquiam where they have an 80 acre farm on the East Hoquiam river. Their house sets on the east bank of the river and they have 14 or 16 acres on the west side of the river which they use as grazing land.

The logging company has a dam about a mile and a half above the Berryman place by which they drive logs down the river by means of the “splash” system — that is when the logs are ready to drive they open the gates of the dam, letting out an immense amount of water all at once, which raises the water in the river from 40 to 50 feet according to the complaint, and which lifts the logs and floats them down the river.

The complaint alleges that the logging company has been asked to provide some means of signaling them when a splash was going to be made and has always promised it would do so but has not attended to it.

July 20 last year Mrs. Berryman found it necessary to go across the river to look after the stock. She left her 2-year-old baby on the bank of the house side, about 50 feet from the river where the bank is sloping. While driving in the cattle she heard the noise of the coming splash and looking up saw it was only about 400 feet up stream.

With all her strength she ran to get across the river to her child. The stream is about 200 feet wide. She tripped and fell, and it is alleged was seriously injured by the falll and the terrible fear.

Besides the $35,000 damages the suit asks also for the doctors’ fees and other expenses amounting to a hundred and two dollars.

May 31, 1913

New Beach Road is To be Opened Today

At last, after years of effort to get the project provided for and after long months of waiting since work was actually begun, the new road to Pacific Beach will be open at noon today.

The first autos have already been over the road. Carl Cooper, proprietor of the Pacific Beach hotel, drove up as far as Stearnsville and back to the beach yesterday aftenoon, and last evening Joe Bilyeu, accompanied by T. R. Tilly, both of Pacific Beach, drove through from the beach resort to Hoquiam. They expect to return this afternoon.

The road is not entirely completed and won’t be until noon, but this afternoon it will be in shape for traffic and it is probable a large number of machines will go out to Pacific over the new route. Last evening the planking was all laid except about 100 feet, and everything was in readiness to get that down this morning. Mr. Bilyeu and Mr. Cooper took their cars over the grade for the intervening space, but the contractor will not let the public through this morning until the road is finished.

Indications are a large number of people will go out to Pacific this afternoon to spend the evening and night, as many auto owners have been anxiously awaiting the opening of this road before driving down to the beach.

By the completion of this road it is now possible to get to the beach at Pacific, Sunset, or Moclips without attempting the bad stretch of sand at Copalis rocks. This is the last connecting link in the road to the beach. Those who desire to drive to the beach but who do not want to take their cars on the sand can now do so.

Mr. Cooper is preparing for a large crowd tonight. He has the Pacific Beach hotel in excellent shape and is well prepared to care for all who come.

Trainload of Rock Runs Off the Jetty

Several employees on the north jetty had narrow escapes from drowning or being crushed under falling rock and cars when one of the rock trains ran into an open switch and was dumped into the ocean on Wednesday. The engine and its crew escaped without wetting or injury because of the breaking of a coupling. No further details of the accident were obtainable yesterday, except that part of the cars may be recovered.