Matchbook covers were, and still are, a popular way to promote a business. Here is a matchbook cover advertising the Eatonville Shoe & Repair Shop, probably in the 1940s. This is a time when logging was big business for the town because Highline & Bergman were known for their logging boots.
For those of you who find town of National,and the mill that used operate there, fascinating, then you’re in for a treat. This image comes from David Gestrid. He says, “My dad was born in National. My grandparents owned a service station there for quite a while.”
He adds that his dad had a hand drawn map of town that he donated to a museum in the area, or something similar. So, if anyone has any information on that, please let me know.
In the meantime, this picture hangs on David’s wall and is a panorama of the mill at National. The other shots are are closer looks are various sections of the photo.
The note at the top is more than a caption. It reads:
This panorama is just the mill yard, it does not include the sawmill building, lath mill, shingle mill, or the huge dry sheds used to store the finished lumber.
After forty years of operating, Mr. Demerest said when the army took his Japanese away who worked there, he would sell the mill for scrap. They came and loaded up my school friends, their parents and we never saw them again, in February 1942.
This was the Pacific National Lumber Co., seven mile east of Elbe, Washington, all that is left of the mill and town is one house and a little church. The mill was a half mile long and a quarter mile wide, not including the town which was on the sound side of the hi-way, mill in flat south of the town.
The Redman Hallwas once an important piece of the Eatonville community life. (It stood where the Landmark is now.) Over the years people met there forIORM meetings, auctions, dances, wrestling matches and more.
Now the indian head that adorned the building (yes, it was a different pre-PC era) is on display at the Van Eaton cabin. Bob Walter, president of the historical society, and who helped move it from Madora Dawkins home to the cabin, says, “It’s humongous, unique and it’s very heavy, so do not try to lift it up to get a better look at the back, because it will topple!”
These matchbook covers for King’s Place are probably from the 1940s or early 1950s. My understanding is that three-digit phone numbers were only used prior to 1958. But I’m hardly an expert on the topic. Feel free to correct me.
King’s Place was located near the Ohop Grange, and was a popular place to eat for decades.
If you want to read more on the history of the popular roadside diner, just click HERE.
Kay Christensen Davis writes, “A letter from a congressman to my grandmother Harriet Christensen after the death of my grandfather Nels.”
The 1940 letter reads:
I have read with sadness of the tragic passing of your distinguished husband.
His was a career which meant much to the development of eastern Pierce County. Words fail me in attempting with sufficient meaning to convey to you my thought at this time. I want merely to let you know that my heard goes out to you and your family in your bereavement.
You can console yourself with the reflection that Mr. Christensen carved his monument on the hearts of men. By his example, he inspired the efforts of younger men to be as good a citizen as was he.
TheGateway Inn has been part of the local landscape for decades, located just outside the park entrance.
Here is a shot of it in the 1950s (judging by the cars). I love the signs over the doors – Steaks and Trout — and the pay phone off to the left.
The second shot, taken recently, comes off the Gateway Inn website, where the advertisement is probably similar to what printed 60 years ago. “Crackling fires, rustic cabins, and the natural wildlife awaits you at Gateway Inn, ideally situated in the majesty of Mount Rainier National Park.”