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PostWed Oct 01, 2014 1:30 pm 
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Evergreen on the Queets
Jacilee Wray, NPS
Thursday, October 23, 7 pm
Olympic NP Visitors Center

Friends of Olympic NP hosts its fall membership meeting.  Jacilee Wray, Olympic NP anthropologist, will preview her upcoming book River Near the Sea: An Ethnohistory of the Queets River Valley.  Our Most Inspirational Friend Award will be presented to Larry Nickey, the Park's retiring fire and search and rescue officer, and incident commander at the Oso landslide disaster.  Please join us!

The history of the Queets valley begins with Native American use by the Queets people, who continued to access their traditional territory and harvest resources as the first settlers began to homestead in 1897, followed by another influx of homesteaders in the early 1900s.  Additional settlement came in the 1920s when homesteads that had been sold were purchased by families prepared to carry on the self-sufficient life embraced by the early pioneers.  The Kellys, who homesteaded in 1908, turned their homestead and additional homesteads that they purchased into a famous ranch-type resort that operated into the 1940s.

Between 1940 and 1953 the federal government acquired private property on the Queets (and the Coastal Strip) as part of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.  Through condemnation proceedings these lands were acquired for public purposes and formally added to Olympic National Park in 1958.  The history of these homesteads and their addition to Olympic National Park is an interesting story that brings a landscape, once filled with homes, schools, post offices, barns, crops, orchards, livestock, and gardens to life.

Jim Donaldson, Queets homestead farm
Jim Donaldson, Queets homestead farm

Photo: Jim Donaldson on his Queets homestead (NPS archives).

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PostFri Oct 24, 2014 1:07 pm 
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(edited for brevity)

Friday, October 24, 2014 11:27 AM

Jacilee Wray
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Outstanding! I am awed by your ability and willingness to sort through so much information and put it all together. I always knew there was a heck of a lot of story there, but it never occurred to me that in printed form it would be the size of a phone book! I just can't sing enough praises today about what you've accomplished.

Very nice to have met you and Larry and Alice and Rod for dinner! Interesting talking with both Larry and Alice and getting some different perspectives.

To Mike and Patte and Mike and Matt and David - nice to have met all of you and finally be able to put faces on some names I've known for decades! What a treat!
I've probably left a couple out.... not enough tea yet this morning.

Thank you all again.

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PostFri Oct 24, 2014 1:32 pm 
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I really wanted to attend last night but Mother-in-law's 79th birthday took precedent. Anyone know when this book will be out?

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PostFri Oct 24, 2014 1:35 pm 
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no definite date. the document needs to go through another proof-reading before consideration will be given to making it available online. bk.

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PostFri Oct 24, 2014 2:52 pm 
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OK, thanks Ski. I'll be watching for it.

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Two programs will take place in the Kalaloch Lodge library on Saturday, November 15.  At 2:00 pm,  Steve Hauf will present a program about the Spruce Divison, a unit of the United States Army, established in 1917 to supply high-quality spruce and other wood products needed for the production of aircraft for the United States war effort in World War I.

At 4:00 pm, Olympic National Park anthropologist Jacilee Wray will talk about her new book River Near the Sea: An Ethnohistory of the Queets River Valley which begins with the Queets people and follows the influx of homesteaders in the late 1800s and the eventual acquisition of their homesteads for Olympic National Park. Wray previously edited Native Peoples of the Olympic Peninsula: Who We Are and co-authored From the Hands of a Weaver: Olympic Peninsula Basketry Through Time.

Contact Jefferson County Historical Society at 360-385-1003 for more information.

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At the presentation last night at Kalaloch, someone told me there are additional copies which might be available at the Amanda Park Library.

forgot to add:

It was mentioned last night that person(s) have been searching some of the homestead sites with metal detectors looking for artifacts.
If you see anyone in the valley with a metal detector, please contact Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or Olympic National Park Law Enforcement immediately.

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PostSun Nov 16, 2014 6:20 pm 
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River Near the Sea: An Ethnohistory of the Queets River Valley not yet available in the catalog. As I'm in the Olympia area we have the Timberland Library system which includes Amanda Park.

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PostSun Nov 16, 2014 9:09 pm 
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probaby won't be. it's an NPS publication.
should at some point in the future be available online in *.pdf format.

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PostSun Nov 16, 2014 11:26 pm 
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She's got some others though. I'd have to go back into the catalog to tell you what. I searched on her name rather than book title.

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PostWed Dec 03, 2014 12:11 pm 
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My neighbor has a copy of the Queets book.  I need to go ask him to borrow it.  Wish I could have made the presentation at Kalaloch Lodge.

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there was quite a crowd there... more than I had anticipated...
don't think the document will be posted online as a *.pdf until a final proof-read is done; something that's being worked on by a couple of the ladies that were there at Kalaloch.
if you want to meet those people, they will all be at the Pioneer Reunion on the Clearwater next summer.

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PostSat Oct 01, 2016 6:46 pm 
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Jacilee Wray's book, River near the Sea: An Ethnohistory of the Queets River Valley (NPS, 2014) is available for download at this link (624 pages, 92 MB PDF file).  Printed copies are also available in regional libraries.

"Today there is an opportunity to document the homestead era of the Queets and the history of the expansion of Olympic National Park, as well as the importance of this place to the descendants of the homesteaders and the indigenous Queets and Quinault people. The parks historic connections represent their heritage.This research extensively examines an array of sources to document the history of the Queets River valley, including important family accounts and Olympic National Park administrative records. This information can further our understanding and evaluation of areas as cultural places or heritage resources, even as it presents the human story of the Queets River valley near the sea."

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just spent three hours reading some of this..Thank you so much.
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The Andrews property was used by the Army for spotting enemy aircraft sneaking up the Queets to get to Puget Sound.

Andrews Ranch AWS

Located in Section 27 called "Andrews Ranch"
Located in Section 27 called "Andrews Ranch"
2 landowners in Sect. 27 were the Andrews brothers.
2 landowners in Sect. 27 were the Andrews brothers.

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