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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Shopping at Elbe in 1896
October 19, 2011 – 10:33 pm | 6 Comments
Shopping at Elbe in 1896

If you were to stop by the store in Elbe on August 12, 1896, here are prices tags you’d be looking at. Of course, the names of some of these items make you wonder what …

Rainier School
October 17, 2011 – 5:17 pm | 8 Comments
Rainier School

Judging by this photo, most the students at the Rainier School were girls. Some of the names are familiar — Orena King, Anna Anderson, Clara Van Eaton, and Laura King, among others.
Per Carl Langberg, the …

Salmon Bakes
October 11, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Salmon Bakes

Abbi Wonacott provided this about the early Salmon bakes. This is an excerpt from her book, Firm Foundation.
One event the Indians and settlers enjoyed together were salmon bakes. Late in June, as the Chinook salmon …

Salmon Bakes at Indian Henry’s Village
October 5, 2011 – 10:53 pm | 7 Comments
Salmon Bakes at Indian Henry’s Village

This picture and article appeared in the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Eatonville Dispatch, July 23, 1959.

“A poignant memory of persons who lived in the Eatonville area early in the century, and ofttimes talked about …

Otto Selle talks about coming to Elbe in 1890
September 28, 2011 – 5:35 pm | 4 Comments
Otto Selle talks about coming to Elbe  in 1890

Otto Selle’s small autobiography was published in 1954 in The History of Eastern Pierce County. He talks about Elbe before there ever was an official Elbe.
Coming to Elbe
“Our family was one of the very first …

Thank Alfred Conrad for the Pictures
September 27, 2011 – 5:56 pm | 2 Comments
Thank Alfred Conrad for the Pictures

If it weren’t for Alfred B. Conrad, this website might not exist — or at least not be as filled with as many great photos.
Alfred came to the Washington Territories in 1882 at the age …

Conrad Home — Then and Now (1882 & 2011)
August 26, 2011 – 5:22 pm | 2 Comments
Conrad Home — Then and Now (1882 & 2011)

Alfred (A.B.) Conrad was an very early settler. He moved his family out to the Eatonville and built his home around 1882. The home stood ñthe East Road, but you’d know it now has Highway 161.
Mrs. …

The Smith Brothers
August 21, 2011 – 4:28 pm | One Comment
The Smith Brothers

Samuel P. and Mary West Smith struck out for the West from North Carolina. They  settled outside Eatonville in an area called Stringtown back in around 1888.
They had eight sons. One remained in N.C., but …

Torger Peterson’s Original Ohop maps
August 11, 2011 – 3:10 pm | No Comment
Torger Peterson’s Original Ohop maps

For those of you who need a quick Torger Peterson 101, he was the man who first settled in Ohop Valley. He wrote a small story about the account in this post.
I got a chance …

Hiking at Mountain — in dresses
July 29, 2011 – 2:37 pm | 2 Comments
Hiking at Mountain — in dresses

Who says you need fancy hiking gear for climbing around on glaciers. These women were doing it wearing dresses and carrying nothing more than walking sticks around 1910.
The woman in the white hat is Marie …