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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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 …

Long Logs coming through Eatonville, 1960
April 23, 2016 – 7:00 am | 10 Comments
Long Logs coming through Eatonville, 1960

This load of logs came down Mashell Ave. in March, 1960. In fact, the truck is stopped at the corner of Center Street and Mashell.
I can’t tell by the image what logging outfit this was. …

Map of Eatonville Area in 1897
March 23, 2016 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Map of Eatonville Area in 1897

These wonderful maps of the area, including this first one created in 1897, come to us via Abbi Write Wonacott. There are a few names here you don’t hear any more, like Glennis, Hollandale and …

Clara Jensen (ca. 1900)
July 18, 2014 – 10:49 pm | 6 Comments
Clara Jensen (ca. 1900)

Clara (Fiander) Jensen made quite the impact on the rural community. She was born in 1883 and raised in the Swan Lake area on the family farm. She lived out her life in the small community.
She …

First Bridge Across Nisqually
December 23, 2013 – 9:00 am | No Comment
First Bridge Across Nisqually

Serena B. Sachs said of this picture, “First bridge across Nisqually River at Elbe, built by early settlers.”
She would know, as she was one of the early settlers in that area.
Photo courtesy of Russell Sachs.
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First Mineral Store
November 23, 2013 – 8:21 pm | No Comment
First Mineral Store

The first store in Mineral wasn’t much to look at, but if you lived in Mineral in the early days, it was no doubt your life line. Early stores had little of everything, and in …

T.C. Van Eaton and Lenore Van Eaton
September 16, 2013 – 5:46 pm | 4 Comments
T.C. Van Eaton and Lenore Van Eaton

Thomas Cobb (T.C.) Van Eaton  was married to his first wife, Lenore, in 1887. They had two children and my understanding is that they both died before they were five years old. Here is a …

Elbe Bridge 1898
January 26, 2013 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Elbe Bridge 1898

There’s a reason you don’t see a lot of old bridges around here. They weren’t necessary built to stand the test of time. This was the bridge to Elbe in 1898.
Photo courtesy of Pat Van …

Nellie and Kate Appleby
December 27, 2012 – 6:35 pm | No Comment
Nellie and Kate Appleby

Nellie Appleby, born in Chautaugua County, Kansas, had no idea when this picture was taken that she would eventually marry a man named T. C. Van Eaton. She would be his third wife and they …

Olava Kjelstand and her sister Marie out fishing
December 23, 2012 – 9:17 pm | No Comment
Olava Kjelstand and her sister Marie out fishing

Sisters Olava Kjelstand and Marie (Hansen) Anderson were pioneers of Ohop Valley and judging by this catch there were also pretty good at fishing too.
They were captured here after a little fly fishing in the …