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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Robert Fiander’s Passport – 1919
July 28, 2011 – 5:15 pm | One Comment
Robert Fiander’s Passport – 1919

Robert Fiander, born 1847, was 71 years old when this passport was issued to visit his sisters in the British Isles.
Detailed Passport
Passports in the early 1900s were a bit more detailed than today. Notice at …

Clara Fiander Jensen: True Eatonville Woman
July 26, 2011 – 9:00 am | 14 Comments
Clara Fiander Jensen: True Eatonville Woman

Today’s blog is by guest blogger Abbit Wonnacott. She is the author of Firm Foundation, The Formation of Eatonville, Wa., and you can view the entire book on her blog Early Eatonville, WA.
While researching early …

Boettchers Come to Town (1895)
July 25, 2011 – 9:00 am | 5 Comments
Boettchers Come to Town (1895)

Carl Boettcher arrived in Alder in 1895. Carl was the brother-in-law of Henry Lutkens. Carl brought his wife and six children. Unfortunately, Carl’s wife died just two year later.
The family was living in a small …

Hotel Groe (1892)
July 24, 2011 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Hotel Groe (1892)

Paul Haynes built the hotel for Frank Groe in 1892 on the south corner of Mashell Avenue and Groe Street. It was then called the Pioneer Hotel.
The 20 x 40 building, with eight bedrooms, was …

The King Clan – 1889
June 20, 2011 – 7:56 pm | 4 Comments
The King Clan – 1889

The King family homesteaded in the Silver Lake area and this photo was taken in 1889 in front of the family home.
Front Row (sitting), Left to Right: Orena King (Mrs. Bob Potter), Tennessee Lahuna …

Map of Mountain Settlements and Pioneer Schools
June 14, 2011 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Map of Mountain Settlements and Pioneer Schools

This fabulous map was drawn by John H. Nagley and illustrates now only the pioneer settlements, but the schools as well.
Map courtesy of Margit Thorvalddson.
Click on image to enlarge.

The Deans & Their Bear Cub
June 12, 2011 – 3:42 pm | 4 Comments
The Deans & Their Bear Cub

Who said pioneers didn’t have pets. Up in the tree the Deans seem to have adopted a cub. Actually, that’s not a pet, it’s a prop that the photographer used. (You may spot it in …

The Girls are Packing Heat
May 20, 2011 – 9:00 am | One Comment
The Girls are Packing Heat

This photos, taken in the early 1900s, includes (left to right): Susie Scoggins, Emma Parshall, Bud Scoggins, Flora Lish and Bessie Fiander.
The Fianders are some of the easliest settlers. Here is an excerpt from the …

Swan Lake School, 1893
May 5, 2011 – 6:29 pm | 15 Comments
Swan Lake School, 1893

The first school built was the Swan Lake School, #40, and measured about  16′ x 24′ .
The following is taken from Timber Town and Later:
The school was “made of rough boards” from Tominson’s Mill at …

Center Street ca. 1897
April 30, 2011 – 1:03 am | 6 Comments
Center Street ca. 1897

I love this picture. It’s Center Street in around 1897. Notice to the right, you can see the Van Eaton house that sits above the medical billing center today.
Click on the photo to enlarge and …