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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Oldens and Larsons – Pioneers (ca. 1930)
March 6, 2012 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Oldens and Larsons – Pioneers (ca. 1930)

These three Ohop Valley pioneers are taking a well deserved break for a photo. Picture left to right is Ole Olden, his wife Hannah Olden, and her brother John Larson.
Ole and Hannah celebrated their 50th …

Camping in 1898
February 8, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Camping in 1898

This group of campers was making eating breakfast after a rugged night in the woods in 1989. The boys seemed to have the wood supply in hand. Life seems pretty tough already then, it’s hard …

Enjoying a Glass of Brew (1890s)
December 18, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Enjoying a Glass of Brew (1890s)

Here’s a great shot of some the area’s pioneers toasting with a glass of beer — along with an Italian who has his jug of wine.
Pat Van Eaton describes the folks: “The boy on the …

Horse Power
December 10, 2011 – 5:12 pm | No Comment
Horse Power

Driving down Mashell Ave., it’s hard to imagine the town site being cleared, houses and shops built and streets put in, all with horses and strong backs.
Here are some early Eatonville guys standing proudly by …

First Settler, Robert Fiander
December 8, 2011 – 12:39 am | 11 Comments
First Settler, Robert Fiander

The following was taken from the History of Pierce County, Volume 3, published in 1927 by William Bonny.
Among the sterling old pioneers who contributed their full quota of clearing and developing this section of the …

Kjelstad Farm
November 18, 2011 – 9:00 am | 4 Comments
Kjelstad Farm

In 1889 a Norwegian named Henry Kjelstad settled in Ohop Valley. He married another Norwegian, Olava and this is a picture of their farm years later.
The farm moved through the generations:
• Olava and Henry’s son Matt …

First Church is a Hotel
November 8, 2011 – 6:08 pm | No Comment
First Church is a Hotel

People started homesteading in Eatonville in the late 1800s, the first church wouldn’t be built for years. So where did people congregate on Sundays? The local hotel.
The first “public” religious services were held in 1892 …

Anna Peterson & Laura (King) Josselyn
October 28, 2011 – 9:30 am | 2 Comments
Anna Peterson & Laura (King) Josselyn

Girlfriends haven’t changed much over the years. This is Anna Peterson (Torger Peterson’s daughter) and Laura King. They probably had quite a bit in common — they were both from pioneer families, both grew up …

Henry and Mathilda Hedborg
October 27, 2011 – 9:09 am | 2 Comments
Henry and Mathilda Hedborg

Axel Henry and Mathilda (Anderson) Hedborg were early homesteaders in Alder — you could say they blazed the trail. (They were members of the Pioneer Association of 1928. To be on this roster you had …

Elbe School 1896
October 20, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Elbe School 1896

The Elbe Union paper reported the following regarding School District #74
For the month ending June 12, 1896
Enrolled – 9
Days taught – 20
Days absent – .5 day
Tardiness – 0
Percent in attendance  – 99.70%
Those neither absent nor …