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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Alder’s Puncheon Road
April 20, 2011 – 3:35 pm | 3 Comments
Alder’s Puncheon Road

This photo (courtesy of Pat Van Eaton) shows the building of a puncheon road (plank road) in Alder. The puncheon planks stacked on the right would be laid crossway to create the roadway.
These plank roads …

Eatonville Pioneer [Nathan Williams] is Stricken
April 19, 2011 – 3:49 pm | 10 Comments
Eatonville Pioneer [Nathan Williams] is Stricken

 
 
Eatonville Pioneer is Stricken
Death closes long and active career of one of Eatonville’s earliest settlers
Article from Tacoma News-Tribune — Feb. 1934
Written by Jos. C. Larin

Nathan Williams, aged 83 years, was …

Toger Peterson — A Race to Settle Ohop Valley
April 15, 2011 – 6:14 pm | 9 Comments
Toger Peterson — A Race to Settle Ohop Valley

Below are the words of Toger Peterson — an Ohop Valley settler and an early County Commissioner.
He wrote this around 1925, and speaks about the race to settle Ohop Valley as well as work …

Torger Peterson Finds Ohop Valley and Builds a Road to Rainier
April 8, 2011 – 5:09 pm | 27 Comments
Torger Peterson Finds Ohop Valley and Builds a Road to Rainier

The following is one of two memoires written by Torger Perterson (courtesy of Gary Hendrickson). Torger was an original settler of Ohop Valley and tells here how he came, settled and worked to get a …

Eatonville’s First Store (1890)
April 1, 2011 – 10:15 pm | One Comment
Eatonville’s First Store (1890)

The entire population of Eatonville gathered for this picture when it was taken  — around 1890.
Below is what was written about  this photo in the 1959 Dispatch:
A settlement of a few buildings grouped together behind …

TC Van Eaton Home — built 1898
March 28, 2011 – 3:48 am | 18 Comments
TC Van Eaton Home — built 1898

Pictured is the home built by T.C. Van Eaton in 1898, located on Rainier Street.
It was built after there were sawmills nearby for lumber and was the height of architecture in its day and the finest …

A Tale of Two Cabins
March 16, 2011 – 12:01 am | No Comment
A Tale of Two Cabins

The book focuses on three settler families of the 1800s whose preserved log cabins now stand at the Pioneer Farm Museum.
The 54-page book, with many excellent photos, also describes major events and developments that affected …