100 years ago in the Washie


July 25, 1913

Two Cities Join In One Big Joyfest

Tired but happy, chuckling not once over the high cost of living, the grocers and butchers, their wives, families and friends returned last night from their sixth annual picnic at Moclips beach. In spite of threatening inclement weather, a large portion of the population of the two cities left for the beach with cheerful anticipations and they returned satisfied.

Every minute there was something doing. Part of the sports were run in the morning and at noon came the big barbecue, which was a success from every standpoint.

Attorney Martin F. Smith, in his annual address, congratulated the butchers and grocers upon the spirit of good fellowship prevailing among them and their evident realization of the importance of unity of action and co-operative effort in and out of their business.

A feature of the afternoon was a surf-riding exhibition by eight Quinault Indians, who delighted the crowd by a thrilling ride through the surf into the breakers and return. The beach was filled all day, many going in bathing and others riding back and forth in autos and on motorcycles. Dancing was engaged in all afternoon in the Breakers pavilion and great numbers were to be found there.

About 2,500 people attended the picnic, necessitating two special trains of 11 coaches and one baggage car each, in addition to the regular train. Many parties from both cities attended by auto, and many motorcycles also made the run. The picnic was pronounced the best yet held. Following are the winners of prizes, named in the order in which they finished:

12-mile motorcycle race for twin cylinders — Ed French, Hoquiam; R. M. Seater, Aberdeen.

8-mile single cylinder race — Geo. French, Hoquiam; John Damitio, Aberdeen.

Men’s baseball throwing — George F. Palmer, Joe Duncan, Hoquiam.

Women’s baseball throwing — Florence Hall, Aberdeen; Vera Hastings, Hoquiam.

100-yard dash for grocers — E. T. Reynolds, Hoquiam; Joe Dick, Aberdeen.

Butchers’ 100-yard dash — Joe Wilson, Charles Godfrey, Aberdeen.

100-yard free-for-all — E. T. Reynolds, Hoquiam; Joe Kelsey, Aberdeen.

100-yard fat men’s race — Fred Brotherson, Hoquiam; H. H. Weidman, Aberdeen.

100-yard three-legged race — Geo. Reynolds and F. A. Cook, Floyd Dunn and Carl Glanders, Hoquiam.

50-yard equipment race — George Kelsey, Russell Thomas, Hoquiam.

50-yard sack race — Archie Griffin, Walter Disbro, Aberdeen.

Boys’ 50-yard dash under 12 years — John Avey, Elma; Stanley Griffin, Aberdeen.

Girls’ 50-yard race, between 12 and 16 years — Viola Paulson, Hoquiam; Lillian Darriault, Aberdeen.

Girls 50-yard dash, under 12 years — Bessie Marcin, Kathryn Dunn, Aberdeen.

50-yard dash, women’s free-for-all — Anna Johnson, Ruth Olson, Florence Glanders, Hoquiam

Married women’s 50-yard dash — Mrs. R. C. Hungate, Hoquiam, Mrs. A. Griffith, Mrs. A. J. Powell, Aberdeen.

Fat women’s 50-yard dash — Mrs. A. J. Powell, Mrs. A. Griffin, Aberdeen.

Ladies’ Hair race — Mrs. A. Griffin, Aberdeen; Helen Lane, Hoquiam.

Aberdeen Women’s race — Mrs. Mary Murphy, Mrs. Ethel Clark.

Hoquiam women’s race — Bertha Leonard, Mrs. R. C. Hungate.

Women’s walking contest —- Mrs. Amanda Southard, Aberdeen; Miss Angela Monohan, Hoquiam.

Men’s tug-of-war, grocers vs. butchers — won by butchers.

Women’s tug-of-war, Hoquiam vs. Aberdeen — won by Aberdeen.

Baseball, Aberdeen vs. Hoquiam — won by Hoquiam in 3-inning contest, 13 to 3.

Nail-driving contest — Mrs. Ella Lane, Hoquiam; Mrs. O. J. Teglund, Hoquiam.

Ball and barrel contest — Mrs. Wagner, Hoquiam

“Soak ‘em Louie” contest for men — Joe Zelasko, W. H. Van Gilder, Aberdeen.

“Soak ‘em Louie” contest for boys — Riley Craig, Russell Prentice, Aberdeen.

Broad jump — Ernest Reynolds, George McIntosh, Hoquiam.

Tallest Man at Picnic — J. J. Southard, Aberdeen.

Shortest woman — Mrs. J. B. Elston, Aberdeen.

Heaviest woman — Mrs. T. A. Pawell, Aberdeen.

Prettiest baby — Jack E. Warwick, Aberdeen.

Largest family — Matt Eklund, Aberdeen.

July, 26, 1913

Smith To Recover Money For Indians

MONTESANO — Attorney Martin Smith of Hoquiam is to go to Washington D.C. as attorney for the Chehalis tribe of Indians to try and collect from the government the purchase price of all the land between the Satsop river and a line near the Quinault river, according to Dave and Pike Ben, who were here from the Oakville reservation today.

The Indians and their wives called at the court house to see the paintings representing the signing of the treaty between Governor Stevens and the Indians and the arrival of Capt. Gray’s ship. Governor Stevens they spoke of as “Red Shirt,” and it was he, according to their story, told later, who promised to pay for all of the land between the Satsop and the Quinault line. Dave Ben told the story approximately as follows:

“In the picture ‘Red Shirt’ makes treaty with Indians at Cosmopolis. Old Chemainus, our chief, he no would touch the pen. The other chiefs they touch him. Three days they stayed there, and done much talking. At last old “Red Shirt’ told Chemanius we should have all the hunting each way from Chehalis river ten miles.

“After that time white men buy all the land between the Satsop river and a line up near the Quinault river. This lawyer man, Smith, he knows about treaty. It was $15,000 or something. Maybe it was million I don’t know. Smith he tell us he go to Washington and get money, we pay him 25 cents out of every dollar. We also pay him $200 to go to Washington. We got him $200 last month already. Maybe he have to go two times. That was $400.

“The white men make the treaty but they never pay us this money. Smith he get the money for us. He says sure he get it. We don’t know. If he no get the money then I guess this land all ours. Guess this town ours. Maybe I have office up here.”

This last sentence was referring to the court house and was said as a joke, for Ben laughed heartily about it. He seems to be an intelligent man. He has a farm near Oakville and he says there is about ten acres on which he grows oats and much crops. The rest is pasture land and Ben raises horses on it. He has some trotters out of good stock.

The Indians were not certain what Smith it was at Hoquiam who was going to represent them in Washington, but they say there is no question about the money being raised and they say Smith assures them that he can get them the money for the land sold in the treaty.