War Liquor Tax Fund – WLT (1945)

State check to Eatonville, 1945, WLT
State check to Eatonville, 1945, WLT

This check was issued by the State of Washington to the town of Eatonville on January 31, 1945. It represented monies from the War Liquor Tax Fund (WLT), which I believe is much the same as the state liquor tax.

The amount of $1,644.84, which doesn’t seem like much, would be in today’s dollars $21,856.50. And it was signed by Louis Grant, the town’s treasurer (and who would be elected school director in 1946). It was also endorsed by the Eatonville Bank cashier, George Hagen.

State check to Eatonville, 1945, WLT (back)
State check to Eatonville, 1945, WLT (back)

“Mr. George T. Hagen was transferred here from the First National Bank at Kirkland. Mr. Hagen’s assignment to Eatonville was to be a temporary one, but he had such a fine record during the first few months he was with the local bank that he remained for 27 years. He has been executive officer and director, cashier and now vice-president.” (History of Southeastern Pierce County, 1954)

He was the bank president for many years thereafter.

Images courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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