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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Lumberman’s Hospital (ca 1920s)

Submitted by on July 8, 2011 – 7:00 am2 Comments
Lumberman's Hospital

Lumberman's Hospital

Recognize this building? It’s the home across from the high school on Mashell, only back in the day it was the Lumberman’s Hospital.

Insurance for Loggers
Dr. A. W. Bridge has a contract with the Eatonville Lumber Company employees where each employee paid $1.00 per month for medical care. Dr. Bridge also had doctors in Kapowsin, Minaerl, Ashford and Morton. (There were no shortage of patients will all the logging taking place.)

In 1923 Dr. Bridge opened offices in Tacoma and in 1926 opened the Bridge Clinic in Tacoma specializing in surgery.

Lumberman's Hospital (across from high school)

Lumberman's Hospital (across from high school)

He continued the hospital in Eatonville until 1932 and had doctors in town until 1946 — the year he retired. All the Bridge Clinic contracts with industrial concerned expired the last week of May, 1946, and the local union signed up with the Pierce County medical Bureau.  (History of Tacoma Eastern Area)

Photos courtesy of Debbie and Gary Saint.

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2 Comments »

  • David Beane says:

    Let’s vote in the Dr. Bridge Medical plan, sounds alot better than anything out there today !! I remember Dr. Nevitt as the town Dr. when I was young. He had his office/home on the west side of Mashell Ave, about a block down from the School. Dr. Hightower was the town dentist, on the east side of Mashell ave. about a half block from the school. Dr. Hightower’s son, Denny, worked for my dad at Mashell motors.

  • dimettler says:

    I would have loved to meet Dr. Bridge. Everything about this guy screams interesting. Seemed like doctor/nice guy/business man all in one.

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