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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Torger Peterson’s Road Poll Tax – 1899

Submitted by on April 10, 2012 – 9:00 amNo Comment
Road Poll Tax 1899-1

Road Poll Tax 1899-1

It appears Torger Peterson paid his 1899 Road Poll Tax of $4.00 versus working on the roads.

In 1899 every male 21 years or older had to pay the road poll tax or pay by labor of $4/day ($4 equivalent to  $105 today) or 2 days of labor. Each man had to provide his own tool (axe, shovel or pick) as directed by the supervisor when the supervisor needed them out for work. (Per Enumclaw Heritage.)

It’s an interesting way to keep your roads in shape.

Road Tax Notice 1899

Road Tax Notice 1899

Images courtesy of Linda Lewis.

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