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Quilcene hatchery weathers ups, downs IN THE EARLY days, the county road, built in the late 1890s, that went from Quilcene to Brinnon, was in the words of Harold Gilson Brown, “nothing but a winding, crooked, oneway wagon trail over the back of Mount Walker.” Harold recalled traveling the road across the Big Quilcene River, behind the fish hatchery, in 1913 when he was a small child. It was in 1910 that Lenora Wilcox and a few other property holders near the river were paid $25 an acre by the Department of Commerce and Labor in order to secure a total of 10 acres to build a fish hatchery. The idea to place a fish hatchery in Jefferson County developed in January 1903. Rep. F. W. Hastings assisted in proposing and later passing house bill No. 85, which would provide $5,000 to create a fish hatchery on the Big Quilcene River. The site had not yet been looked at. The bill ended up providing funds for hatcheries in three other counties in Washington state as well.

BACK WHEN: JEFFERSON Townsend Leader Clise stated the Dungeness hatched a bumper crop of eggs, of which 2 million were steelheads and 2.1 million silver salmon. These totals were breaking records, and the hatchery had been in operation for only two years. In February 1905, there was talk of damming Salmon Creek at Discovery Bay to create conditions for a fish hatchery for sockeye salmon.



The Quilcene Fish Hatchery was considered “one of the best in the state” early in its development.

the placement of five hatcheries in the area. Legislation According to a Leader article, “Each main hatchWhile the Big Quilcene ery will be in charge of a site was yet to be develsuperintendent with a saloped, house bill No. 202 was passed in the spring of ary of $1,500 a year, a fish culturist at a salary of 1905 to establish a fish $900 a years and three hatchery on Chimacum Creek in Jefferson County. laborers at $600 a year.” A month later, the origiA few months after passing nally intended Big Quilthe bill, the site was exam10 in operation ined and found unsatisfac- cene River site was official selected as an ideal locaBy early 1905, 10 out of tory. tion. Several months later, The other Jefferson 18 planned hatcheries were the state settled on the $25 County sites, in Quilcene, in operation. One of these Brinnon and Discovery Bay per acre price for Quilcene was a thriving fish hatchsite land owned by the Wilwere still in discussion. ery located on the Dungecox, Boggess and other Finally in fall of 1909, ness River in neighboring local families. officials began arriving to Clallam County. scout the Puget Sound for The Duckabush River The report in the Port

site already had been purchased in late 1910 from Milford Corey. The spring of 1911 brought with it the clearing of the Big Quil site by Charles Beck. The hatchery on the Duckabush River in Brinnon was to be started soon after. Local resident, Edgar Sims, worked hard for years to keep the state on track to get the project under way.

Chum salmon By October 1911, it was decided that chum salmon would be taken at Quilcene and Duckabush hatcheries. Work originally was car-

ried out with horse-drawn vehicles at the Quilcene site until a truck was purchased to replace their aging horse in 1917. Although the staff had only seventh- and eightgrade educations, the crews did wonders with the hatchery by simply observing what worked and what did not. The hatchery was able to make several changes when electricity provided by a machine similar to a generator was up and running in 1925. In the 1930s, the hatchery introduced trout into the system to stock state lakes.

During World War II, the Duckabush hatchery closed, and some of the equipment was taken to the Quilcene location The first major expansion to the Quil site took place in the 1950s. The trout operations were finished by 1980. Salmon was being worked, and in the 1990s, an “artificial rearing program” began. A centennial celebration article, written by Vivian Kuel and published by the Leader last year, quoted Dan Magneson of the National Fish Hatchery at Quilcene as saying, “Along with new work involving conservation programs, the station’s coho salmon run has now become our predominate focus and provides an immensely important and popular fishery for commercial, sports and tribal fishers alike.” Although the station itself took years to get started, it has shown that those early 1903 supporters had insight. It was indeed the correct location and time to begin a hatchery that has weathered more than 100 years of ups and downs in the industry.

________ Pam McCollum Clise is a historian who lives in Port Townsend. Her Jefferson County history column, Back When, appears on the third Sunday of each month in Peninsula Profile. Clise can be reached at Her next column will be published Sept. 16.

Bratty kids at restaurants Widow’s daughter wants make diner lose appetite to help mom find new love EVERY TIME WE go out to dinner, there always seems to be a family where the kids are loud, crude and out of control. They are either running around, spilling things, throwing food or complaining or arguing amongst themselves. Should we ask the waiter or the manager to mention this to the parents, or should we say something ourselves? My husband wants to go directly to the parents and tell them to get a handle on the situation. I think we should approach our server and ask that they talk to the manager. What is the best approach in this situation?

Dallas parents If you are going to a restaurant that caters to kids, this is going to happen more times than not. In today’s economy, we frequently go to places that serve dinner to the kids for free or there is a family coupon. So, of course, there are going to be children there. Sometimes if we really like the specials for dinner, yet kids are acting rough and loud, we will order it but tell our waiter that if the kids acting so badly do not settle down, we may have to leave. This gives the server the perfect opportunity to politely say something to the adults of

and maybe an appetizer and try to take your time eating it. By the time you have completed it, you should have had enough time to scope out the area for louder-than-usual kids and either pay your bill Jodie Lynn and leave or decide that the families closest to your table are doing a fairly the rowdy kids. good job of handling their Sometimes it works, and little ones. other times, we get up and Last but not least, order leave. and take your meal with — C. and T. McKenzie you. On the way out, look in Dallas for a suggestion card and fill one out. From Jodie

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Usually the waiter or server is not permitted to make remarks to a family about the behavior of their kids unless it is a situation where immediate danger is present to the child, people around them or patrons close by. It is probably in the best interest of everyone to talk with your server about the situation, and hopefully, it will be handled either by the manager or the owner. Approaching the parents or adults may only add fuel to the fire, should anyone become offended. You might also try to go out to eat at an odd time as opposed to the normal dinner hour. This might help to eliminate the chaos that often goes hand-in-hand with a restaurant that is kid-friendly and a tad more lenient. Or, perhaps order drinks

Can you help? School will be starting soon, and I finally found a job. My two kids will be going to an after-school program. However, there is not a health professional on hand during these hours should there be any kind of an accident. If something does happen, is the school responsible for getting medical attention for the kids and perhaps the impending bills?

________ Jodie Lynn shares parenting tips through her weekly column. Write her at Parent to Parent, 2464 Taylor Road, Suite 131, Wildwood, MO 63040 or direct2 via e-mail. Tips and questions can also be sent through the contact form at

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