Barney’s Matchbook Cover
September 22, 2016 – 12:07 am | 3 Comments

Locals know Barney’s Corner as a gas station, but early on it was much, much more.
I believe this matchbook cover comes from around the 1940s. Back then there was food and dance.
Barney was Keith Malcom’s brother …

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Handmade Map of National by 14-Year-Old Resident
January 13, 2017 – 5:40 pm | 2 Comments
Hand drawn map of the town of National (1950)

Hand drawn map of the town of National (1950)

Randy Stewart shares this map, a copy of which hangs on his wall. Here is what Randy says:

“The man that drew the hand map of the town of National was Aaron Getsfrid. He was 14 when he drew it. I was only 8 in 1950, but I was born in National as well.”

He adds, “Aaron’s father did indeed own and operate the 76 Gas Station in National at that time.”

Image courtesy of Randy Stewart.

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Christensen Motors
January 12, 2017 – 12:55 am | No Comment
Christensen Motors

Found this great shot of Christensen Motors on Ebay. I’m not sure of the date, but it in many ways resembles the building that sits on the corner of Mashell Ave. and Center today.
If you’d …

National Mill, ca. 1940s
January 6, 2017 – 3:39 am | 4 Comments
National Mill, ca. 1940s

For those of you who find town of National, and the mill that used operate there, fascinating, then you’re in for a treat. This image comes from David Gestrid.  He says, “My dad was  born in …

Redman Hall Indian
January 4, 2017 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Redman Hall Indian

The Redman Hall was once an important piece of the Eatonville community life. (It stood where the Landmark is now.) Over the years people met there forIORM meetings, auctions, dances, wrestling matches and more.
Now the indian head …

King’s Place Ad
January 3, 2017 – 9:00 am | No Comment
King’s Place Ad

These matchbook covers for King’s Place are probably from the 1940s or early 1950s. My understanding is that three-digit phone numbers were only used prior to 1958. But I’m hardly an expert on the topic. Feel …

Obituary for Clara Jensen Acuff (1907 – 2002)
January 2, 2017 – 9:24 pm | No Comment
Obituary for Clara Jensen Acuff (1907 – 2002)

This Obituary for Clara (Jensen) Acuff comes to us from Abbi Wonacottt, author of Firm Foundation: formation of Eatonville, Wa.,
Clara lived a long and interesting life and was a cornerstone on the community.
To read more …

1940 Letter from Congressman Coffee to Christensen
January 2, 2017 – 9:00 am | No Comment
1940 Letter from Congressman Coffee to Christensen

Kay Christensen Davis writes, “A letter from a congressman to my grandmother Harriet Christensen after the death of my grandfather Nels.”
The 1940 letter reads:
I have read with sadness of the tragic passing of your distinguished …

Joe Larin at the Dispatch (ca. 1960)
January 1, 2017 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Joe Larin at the Dispatch (ca. 1960)

We have Joe Larin (Eatonville postmaster from 1935 to 1944) outside the Eatonville Dispatch, showing off a sign Be a Deer, Don’t Litter OUR Forests. I’m going to guess this was the results of a …

1924 – Elementary School Teacher Blanche
December 31, 2016 – 9:00 am | One Comment
1924 – Elementary School Teacher Blanche

These photos come via Kay Christensen Davis and her cousin Neil Christensen. Kay’s great Aunt Blanche Christensen was a school teacher in Eatonville, and these pictures were taken in and around 1924.
“The pictures were from …

Gateway Inn (Ashford) – Then and Now
December 30, 2016 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Gateway Inn (Ashford) – Then and Now

The Gateway Inn has been part of the local landscape for decades, located just outside the park entrance.
Here is a shot of it in the 1950s (judging by the cars). I love the signs over the …

War Liquor Tax Fund – WLT (1945)
December 29, 2016 – 9:00 am | No Comment
War Liquor Tax Fund – WLT (1945)

This check was issued by the State of Washington to the town of Eatonville on January 31, 1945. It represented monies from the War Liquor Tax Fund (WLT), which I believe is much the same …