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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Kapowsin High School 1928 Football Team
July 4, 2016 – 2:18 pm | No Comment
Kapowsin High School 1928 Football Team

This 1928 article covered the first Kapowsin High School football team:
1 W. Bergt
2 L. Wiklund
3 McGee
4 Ed Erickson
5 Woodring
6 Command
7 Stanke
8 Nelson
9 Tibbitts
10 Hopkins
11 Wiklund
12 Wood
13 Zack, Mgr.
14 Bowers
15 Schuh
16 Miller
17 Harrison
18 Sumner Res. . . …

First Eatonville School House (ca. 1905)
July 3, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment
First Eatonville School House (ca. 1905)

The Eatonville School District has come a long way in the last 100+ years. This was Eatonville’s first schoolhouse. You can find it today at Glacier View Park. 
Here is some information about the little school house …

Eatonville School Kids (ca. 1905)
June 25, 2016 – 8:00 am | One Comment
Eatonville School Kids (ca. 1905)

The Eatonville school room class size was a little smaller in 1905. This photo was provided by Terry Larson and he hopes some of you can help identify some of the children.
“The little girl in …

National Map (1908)
May 10, 2016 – 9:00 am | 14 Comments
National Map (1908)

This is 1908 plat map of National, filed with Pierce County.
Pat Walgamott says, “An “unofficial” plat of the National townsite;  as far as I know the town never fulfilled its expectations!  This was sent in …

Millers Out for a Drive (National, ca. 1912)
May 9, 2016 – 6:06 pm | No Comment
Millers Out for a Drive (National, ca. 1912)

The Smith H. Miller family is out for a drive around 1912. That’s Smith (bookkeep at the PNLC) at the wheel, his wife Maude Looney Miller and infant daughter Jeanne Miller in her arms.
In the …

1914 Eatonville Fire Department Map
May 4, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment
1914 Eatonville Fire Department Map

This is an incredible 1914 Eatonville Fire Department map.
Of course, for years, the Eatonville Fire Department didn’t have the best reputation. Some might say at times they were more liability than asset.
For a great, humorous article …

Elbe Post Office – 1956
April 28, 2016 – 9:25 pm | No Comment
Elbe Post Office – 1956

The Elbe post office, shown here in 1956, had a long history. The following is taken from Postmarked Washington: Pierce County.
Established: June 4, 1892, Cyrus H. Thompson; Adam Sachs, December 17, 1892; Mrs. Serena B. …

Cookhouse at National (ca. 1911)
April 26, 2016 – 4:41 pm | One Comment
Cookhouse at National (ca. 1911)

Nice shot of the cookhouse at National. It was one one of the first structures built in preparation for the Pacific National Lumber Company (PNLC) mill. Smith H. Miller, sec/and bookkeeper for the company  lived here …

Pacific National Mill Fire – May 13, 1912
April 25, 2016 – 5:08 pm | 2 Comments
Pacific National Mill Fire – May 13, 1912

 
The Pacific National was one of the more well-known sawmills on the Tacoma Eastern, as well as being on the the largest of its time. (Rails to Paradise.)
The mighty mill was brought down by a …

A Drive Down an early Canyon Road
April 12, 2016 – 5:24 pm | One Comment
A Drive Down an early Canyon Road

Pat Walgamott says, “I found this picture of the road along the Nisqually River about 1909….at least what can be seen of it. This is my grandfather driving, Smith H. Miller, from National driving three ladies …