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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Early Pioneer Hotel (1892)
December 14, 2012 – 6:23 pm | 2 Comments
Early Pioneer Hotel (1892)

If you made your way to Eatonville in its first years, you would be staying at the Pioneer Hotel. Paul Haynes built the hotel for Frank Groe in 1892 on the southern corner of Mashell Avenue …

T.C. Van Eaton Home 1971
September 5, 2012 – 7:53 pm | One Comment
T.C. Van Eaton Home 1971

These press photos of the old T.C. Van Eaton home were taken in 1971. The small article says at the time it was being considered as a family and regional museum. It also mentions the …

Why we have that weird intersection at Mashell and Center
August 10, 2012 – 4:24 pm | 7 Comments
Why we have that weird intersection at Mashell and Center

The intersection at Mashell and Center is an odd one —  Center almost lining up with itself, but not quite. Makes you wonder if the town planners had one too many beers that night. The …

Paradise Valley, August 1898
July 24, 2012 – 2:21 am | No Comment
Paradise Valley, August 1898

This photo of Paradise Valley was taken by an Eatonville family in August 1898. The mountain hasn’t changed much in the last 120 years, but not so back on lower ground. The Spanish-American War was taking place and …

Eatonville’s Pioneer Hotel 1890s
July 8, 2012 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Eatonville’s Pioneer Hotel 1890s

I’ve wondered what draws people to hardship. This picture shows the Pioneer Hotel and what Eatonville looked liked in the 1890s. These people came here to start farms and build a town. Sounds good, but …

Olava Kjelstad and her Fawns
June 21, 2012 – 3:21 pm | No Comment
Olava Kjelstad and her Fawns

Just a wonderful shot of Olava Kjelstad and two fawns. For those of you not familiar with Olava, she was one of the early pioneers of Ohop Valley, having come from Norway. She spearheaded the …

Bridge Near LaGrande
May 16, 2012 – 2:32 pm | 5 Comments
Bridge Near LaGrande

When I came across this photo, my heart stopped. Who used ti? And even more frightening, how did they built it?
Pat VanEaton supplied me some of the information.
“It went across the Nisqually Canyon near the …

N.P. Christensen and Maren Pederson (early settlers)
May 9, 2012 – 10:11 pm | 5 Comments
N.P. Christensen and Maren Pederson (early settlers)

Guest blogger Bob Walter gives us some background on Eatonville’s early settlers, Pete and Maren Christensen.
N.P. (Nels “Pete”) Christensen and Maren Pedersen, both born in Denmark, met in the United States and were married in …

Robert and Catherine Dean Fiander
May 8, 2012 – 6:17 pm | 3 Comments
Robert and Catherine Dean Fiander

Our guest blogger today, Bob Walter, gives us some background of pioneers Robert and Catherine Dean Fiander.
The area’s first pioneer homesteader survived a long, hand-to-hand fight with a cougar, and lived to tell about it.
Robert …

Torger Peterson’s Road Poll Tax – 1899
April 10, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Torger Peterson’s Road Poll Tax – 1899

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 …