By Duane Miles
According to the Clallam County Historical Society this death occured in 1905, making it the earliest recorded notice located by this researcher.
1905; Nov. 22: Claud W. Silvey
A sad and unfortunate accident occurred in D. A. Robinson’s logging camp at Clallam Wednesday morning. Nov. 22, resulting in the death of Claud W. Silvey, son of Postmaster Silvey of that place.
Claud was assisting the men in getting a large log from the hillside, standing, as he supposed, at a safe distance from the track of the log. The log started down the declivity at a high rate of speed, sheered to his direction, striking another small sapling which fell with crushing force on the unfortunate boys head, fracturing the skull on the side of the head and at the base of the brain.
Dr. Hartt of Port Angeles was summoned by telegraph and arrived in a few hours on a special tug boat, but pronounced the case hopeless and the young man died at 10 p.m.
Claud West Silvey was born in Wayne county, Illinois, Sept. 30, 1882. He came to this state and county in 1902 and commenced work at Port Crescent. Soon after he was employed by D. A. Robinson at Clallam and has remained here ever since, being one of his best and most trustworthy men. He was also assistant postmaster at the time of his death.
Claud was a noble and exemplary young man, with bright prospects for the future. He was of a kind and cheerful disposition and made friends of all with whom he became acquainted, and had absolutely no enemies.
He leaves a father, mother, six younger brothers and four sisters to mourn the untimely death of an obedient son and loving brother.