Who said pioneers didn’t have pets. Up in the tree the Deans seem to have adopted a cub. Actually, that’s not a pet, it’s a prop that the photographer used. (You may spot it in other Dean photos as well.)
This shot from the History of Pierce County shows pioneer George Dean, his mother Rose and Daisy Dean (Daisy is Eveyln Guske’s mom).
George Dean purchased 160 acres in 1890 near Kreger Lake. From the sounds of it, Rose had some strong opinions and she and Daisy didn’t get along (Per Firm Foundation) and this pictures seems to confirm it.