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Olympic National Park's anthropologist, Jacilee Wray has transcribed Fannie's journal entries which will appear with her photographs in a future publication. This exhibit is a sample of that work and represents the wealth of history one can find in family archives. Supporting details have been added in italics wherever possible. These pieces of history present a valuable portrait of early life on the Olympic Peninsula.

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January Friday 2, 1914

Wind blew something fierce the latter part of last night; has continued to blow all day. The surf has thundered all day. Telephone wire is down between here and Quillayute, also towards LaPush. Trees have been falling all day.

Made out P.O. reports. Frank and Lucille came up after the mail.

Frank and Lucille are the daughters of Samuel Gay Morse and his wife Susan Draper Morse. They purchased the Kinney cannery on the Dickey on February 13, 1912. They had two sons; Eb (1887) and Hugh (1892); and four daughters, Fanny or Fan (1890), Nell (1895), Frances or Frank (1899), and Lucille (1900) also called Cile or Tule.

January Sunday 11, 1914

Heavy wind up. Sam Morse had hard time coming up from cannery with four in the boat. Mary Smith stayed for turkey dinner. Had a very pleasant visit with Mrs. Susan Morse. Dr. C.L. Woods Indian Agent from Neah Bay came up about 7:30 p.m. Gave Dr. picture I took of Quileute Day School, said it would be of great assistance to him in securing a new school house at LaPush. The schoolhouse was destroyed in a storm on November 26, 1913.

January Friday 23, 1914

Clear and cold. Some of the Indians here on their way up the river to fish

April Sunday 5, 1914

Clear. Floyd Johnson and W.F. Taylor went after boat at Morse's. Joe Pullen, Hal George and Harold Johnson helped unload. Henry Marshall, Fred Christensen, and Ollie Smith were down for oats. Beth Smith and Charley Palmer were out on Rhody. Hugh and Marjorie Morse went down to the cannery to stay while S.G. Morse went out. Floyd took Rhody to cannery to load Captain's stuff, came up and lay here. Lloyd Taylor came from Forks. Clear and cold.



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photographs relevant to journal entries Rhododendron - the main way to bring supplies to Mora Quileute Boys Fishing Damaged Quileute Schoolhouse Cannery

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