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 …

Read the full story »
The Native Americans

The First Settlers

The Early 1900s

The 30s, 40s and 50s

To The Present

Home » The Early 1900s

Wreck at the Elbe Lumber and Shingle Co.

Submitted by on August 2, 2011 – 2:31 pmOne Comment
Wreck at Elbe Lumber & Shingle Co/

Wreck at Elbe Lumber & Shingle Co.

This photo is entitled “Wreck at the Elbe Lumber and Shingle Company”. A title like that deserves more story, but unfortunately I only have the picture.

This wasn’t the first catastrophe for Elbe Lumber and Shingle. In September 1922, a fire started under the planing mill of the big plant (a mile north of Elbe) and completely destroyed the business, putting 100 men out of work.

The loss was $150,000 ($2,010,000 in present day dollars) according to the manager and part owner, John Patton.

There was no hard evidence as to how the fire started, but people believed it was the work of a disgruntled ex-employee.

The mill was originally built soon after 1904, when the Tacoma Eastern Railroad made it out as far as Elbe and  was owned and operated by Robert Patton Sr., Robert Williamson, Carol Williamson and C.R. Campbell. While in operation, it provided a substantial payroll to the growing community. (History of Southeastern Pierce County.)

Photo courtesy of Rich Williams.

Click on image to enlarge.

One Comment »

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.