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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You Got Mail (1890 – 1924)
January 31, 2013 – 9:00 am | 3 Comments
You Got Mail (1890 – 1924)

In a time when we receive messages via email, Facebook and texting, “snail mail” seems a little old timey. In 1890 though, getting messages in and out of a frontier town was vital.
T.C. Van Eaton …

1918 Basketball Champions
January 30, 2013 – 9:00 am | 4 Comments
1918 Basketball Champions

Eatonville high school has been shooting hoops for over a century. Here are the 1918 champs, including the coaches son holding the basksetball.
Front Row: Morris Calloway, Don Lyon, McKinley Van Eaton
Second Row: B. W. Lyon, …

Eatonville Moves from Horses to Cars 1914 (Mashell Ave.)
January 29, 2013 – 9:00 am | 6 Comments
Eatonville Moves from Horses to Cars 1914 (Mashell Ave.)

The move from horses to cars didn’t happen overnight. You can see from this picture of Mashell Avenue during the winter of 1914.
Per Pat Van Eaton, this pictures shows a big time of change for Eatonville. …

Charlie Boettcher Moving Logs
January 28, 2013 – 7:05 pm | No Comment
Charlie Boettcher Moving Logs

Charlie (Charles) Beottcher was well known as a logger in the Alder area. Here’s shot of him moving logs. At the base of the pole you can see where he (or someone) has been splitting. …

Mashell Telephone Exchange
January 28, 2013 – 9:00 am | 4 Comments
Mashell Telephone Exchange

N. P. Christensen b0ught the  Mashell Telephone Exchange from Dye and Biggs in 1912. Despite the fact that Mashell Ave. is dirt, this picture looks like it could have been taken yesterday.
It wasn’t quite the …

Arthur Fyfe and the Ladies of Alder
January 27, 2013 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Arthur Fyfe and the Ladies of Alder

Arthur Fyfe (brother of Andrew Fyfe) is here in with a few girlfriends in Alder, probably in the early 1900s. It’s a playful picture,  but the black Victorian gloves the girls are wearing meant they …

Lloyd Sachs (first person born in Elbe)
January 25, 2013 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Lloyd Sachs (first person born in Elbe)

Lloyd Sachs was famous for at least one thing — he was the first child born in Elbe.
His father, Adam Sachs, settled in Elbe in the early 1890s. Before the railroad came to Elbe in …

Walter Ashford and Family (early 1900s)
January 24, 2013 – 4:18 pm | 12 Comments
Walter Ashford and Family (early 1900s)

The town of Ashford, Wash., was named after Walter Ashford in 1905. Here he is with this family at their homestead.
Left to Right: Cora Hershey Ashford, Zinal, Emma, John and Walter. Mildred is standing in front.
Photo …

Elbe Mill
January 12, 2013 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Elbe Mill

The mill in Elbe (the Elbe Lumber and Shingle Company) was once a large operation. It was located a mile north of Elbe and from this picture you can see the rail coming in and …

Mashell Avenue and Red Man Hall (ca. 1910)
January 11, 2013 – 10:02 pm | No Comment
Mashell Avenue and Red Man Hall (ca. 1910)

This is a muddy photo of a muddy Mashell Ave. in the early 1900s. The Methodist Churh, which is still standing today is on the left. The Red Men Hall is on the right.
“The Nisqually …