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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1914 Eatonville/Longmire Postcard
March 13, 2017 – 10:59 pm | 2 Comments

Little Mashell Falls

This little piece of history was just for sale on Ebay. It’s a postcard from W. Harding to Elsie Holgate in Longmire Springs (the area seven miles outside Mount Rainier National Park).  It’s a shot of the Little Mashel (Mashell) Falls, which is still a popular hiking spot today on Pack Forest property.

This is extra special because Longmire Springs is relatively unheard of today.

“In 1883 James Longmire built a trail from Succotash Valley in Ashford 13 miles (21 km) to the hot springs where he built cabins in the area which now bears his name.  John Muir described staying there on the way to his ascent of Mount Rainier in 1888.

The oldest surviving structure in the National Park is a cabin built by Longmire’s son Elcaine Longmire at the springs in 1888. It is located north of the road in the area now called Longmire Meadows.

From 1899 to 1904 approximately 500 people a year visited Longmire Springs in the summer months. They reached the area by train to Ashford and then on Longmire’s wagon trail.

They enjoyed the mineral springs and the view of Mount Rainier. They could also hike to Paradise or Indian Henry’s Hunting Grounds, both about 6 miles from Longmire Springs on trails built by the Longmire family.” (

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Logging in National
February 24, 2017 – 9:00 am | 3 Comments
Logging in National

These images come from Sandra Wood, who found them in her father’s things. Since he logged up in National, she assumes they are from that area.
Photos courtesy of Sandra Wood.
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Ohop Valley, Kjelstad Farm, 1961
February 23, 2017 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Ohop Valley, Kjelstad Farm, 1961

The Burwash family is sitting outside at the farm, checking out the newest addition to the family.
Sarah Rabel writes this February 16, 2017:
“Today, my mind has rested on Grandma Burwash [Carolyn Burwash], who passed away …

Dick Fry (ca. late 50s)
February 21, 2017 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Dick Fry (ca. late 50s)

This gentleman is Dick Fry. He’s pictured here working at the Richfield service station — located on Mashell Ave., where presently John Anderson operates AutoWorx.
Back then it was owned by Bud Anderson, who would later become …

1952 Basketball B Class Champions
February 20, 2017 – 11:52 pm | No Comment
1952 Basketball B Class Champions

This article ran in the Eatonville Dispatch in 1952. It begins with “The score books show that Eatonville High School basketball team, the second best “B” class team in the state of Washington.
The team was …

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