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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Coach Cope and his 1949 EHS Basketball Team
November 6, 2014 – 3:43 pm | 5 Comments
Coach Cope and his 1949 EHS Basketball Team

Coach Ernie Cope (top left) stands next to his 1949 EHS Basketball team. “Cope was a coach at the old Kapowsin high school in the early forties before coaching at Eatonville. His first Eatonville Basketball team was in …

Steve Burwash – Brooder house (ca. 1946 – 2014)
November 4, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Steve Burwash – Brooder house (ca. 1946 – 2014)

This is the Kjelstad farm back around 1946 and Steve Burwash (today 93 years old) in the middle of a pig slaughter. (Yes, you have to get your bacon somewhere.)
Behind him in the brooder house …

Postcard to John J. Falk (1911)
October 25, 2014 – 8:24 pm | No Comment
Postcard to John J. Falk (1911)

This postcard was sent to John J. Falk back in 1911 from Sweden.
Translation: Wish you a happy and good Pentecost. I am well and of good health. Lots of greetings with this card. To you from …

Lynn Dick Loses a Finger (1947)
October 21, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment
Lynn Dick Loses a Finger (1947)

It used to be pretty common to see folks with a missing finger. Logging, farming and other types of manual labor were dangerous—especially to digits.
This article appeared August, 1947:
Loses Finger
Lynn Dick, employed with Christensen Motors, …

Van Cleve Service Receipt (1946)
October 17, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Van Cleve Service Receipt (1946)

Yes, you are reading this correctly — 10 gallons of gas for $2.50. You could fill your car for roughly .21 a gallon in 1946.
The Van Cleve family was a Ford family through and through …

Alder Community Club Fundraiser (1953)
October 16, 2014 – 3:09 am | No Comment
Alder Community Club Fundraiser (1953)

“Amby Potts is the Ringleader looking character,” says Carl Rotter.
By today’s standards this is uncomfortable (to say the least), but back then folks hadn’t heard the term politically correct yet.
Did they raise money? They sure …

The Dr. Bridge Clinics and Hospitals (1910-1930)
October 13, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment
The Dr. Bridge Clinics and Hospitals (1910-1930)

This excerpt is taken from a Dr. A. W. Bridge biography, written by Karen Swanson. She collected information about Dr. Bridge from many of the “old timers” of Eatonville, Wash.

Clinics and Hospitals
In National it was …

Historical Society Raising Money to Save Tofu House
October 12, 2014 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Historical Society Raising Money to Save Tofu House

The Eatonville Historical Society is raising money to save the Tofu House.
Bob Walters, President of the South Pierce County Historical Society says, “Our town’s Japanese-American residents had a big role in its early growth. We …

Christensen Motors (1940s)
October 11, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Christensen Motors (1940s)

Great piece of memorialbilia — a 1940s invoice from Christensen Motors.
Information on the invoice reads:
Christensen Motors
Dodge • Plymouth Sales and Service
Texaco Gasoline and Motor Oils
Eatonville, Wash.
Phone 321
Wish that phone numbers were still that simple.
Image courtesy …

Eatonville to be Archery Center (Bootstrap 1954)
October 5, 2014 – 11:31 pm | No Comment
Eatonville to be Archery Center (Bootstrap 1954)

It’s hard to imagine that archery used to be a big deal in Eatonville, but it was. Archery was also considered a centerpiece to Operation Bootstrap. This (partial) piece ran in the Dispatch April 26, …