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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Eatonville’s Close Encounter

Submitted by on March 25, 2011 – 4:01 pm7 Comments
Janet Ahrendsen and her two daughters

Janet Ahrendsen and her two daughters, Photo from 1975 Dispatch

In 1975, two years before Steven Spielberg’s movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind hit the theaters, Eatonville was already the hub of supernatural activity.

In October, Janet Ahrendsen and her two daughters were interviewed by the Dispatch after seeing a UFO firsthand. “It was the strangest thing I’ve ever seen,” Janet said. “My two girls and I were very scared.”

The three said the lights were in the shape of a horseshoe and alternating red and bluish-green, with a big red light at the opening.

“All of a sudden it was right over our car,” Janet said. “The girls opened the window and looked up and said, ‘It’s on top Mommy’. The car was then acting funny, like it was missing and had a flat tire. It was about as high as a plane landing at the airbase and made no noise.”

She wasn’t the only one to see the UFO that night. Don Cook, then Operations Director at Northwest Trek and other employees also saw it, but didn’t speak up because they thought people would say they were making it up.

UFO Group Sets up Camp
Also in 1974 (completely unrelated to Janet’s sighting) Major Wayne Aho made an announcement that Eatonville would be the headquarters of his UFO and self-realization group — The New Age Foundation.

Major Aho, a colorful character in his own right, was a retired logger turned UFO cult specialist. In an interview with the Dispatch he said, “In 30 years of research, I have come to the conclusion that the Biblical teachings about the Rapture, the taking up of great numbers of people in the sky or heavens in time of great strife and chaos, will be carried out by space ships which our civilization still calls UFO’s or flying saucers.”

He chose Eatonville in part because of the June 24, 1947 UFO sighting at Mount Rainier by Kenneth Arnold of Boise, Idaho. Arnold spotted nine flying saucers and it became the first time the term “flying saucer” was used.

More Sightings
Maybe The Major was onto something. Maybe Eatonville was a UFO hot spot. A winning Eatonville Daffodil Festival float once featured flying saucers. In 1975 there were several UFO sightings near Clear Lake. And in 1980, (per Edith Erickson’s book Timber Town and Later) well-known Eatonville residents made reports of sightings from Ashford to Centralia. And in 1999, “flying saucers” were seen by thousands atop Mount Rainier.

Keep your eyes to the skies. You never know.

 

 

 

7 Comments »

  • Rick Haughee (former Eatonville physics teacher) added: I have told many people about my meeting “The Major” but I think most thought I was making it up. We had a long talk in the back of the science room after school one day when I had just started teaching, He wanted some pure mercury 10-15 pounds because he was working on an anti gravity device. He was also the person (I think) who told me that Mt Rainier was a hanger for alien space ships.

    I had about 10 pounds or mercury then. We used to do demos of floating things like bricks in mercury. That of course was before it was said to be deadly. The things that I had in the back room in 1970 were amazing to look back on. I recall a large bag of fluffy Asbestos.

  • Maleahia says:

    Oh my goodness, I never heard this story, and this is my Aunt Jan, and cousins Sandy and Mykala. Lol. So cool
    🙂

    • dimettler says:

      And I didn’t even make it up. There was a newspaper story! 🙂

    • Sandy Young says:

      That was a neat blast from the past. My sister and I were so scared. My mom, Janis (Not Janet) kept mumbling trying to convince herself “it’s got to be an airplane”.But when it practically parked over our car and sucked all the power from our car we all started crying. Then when it shot off out of sight, the car radio started to come back on. My mom started up the car and took off for home. Wednesday were only a few miles away from Henley’s Silver lake Resort where we had just left if I remember correctly. In our panic, we weren’t sure if we should go back to grandpa Henley’s or go straight home and lock the door! Lol

  • Maleahia says:

    Lol. Well I believe you. 😉

  • Maleahia says:

    wait so your grandpa is George right?

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