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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Mashell Avenue – ca. 1958
March 29, 2011 – 8:08 pm | 22 Comments
Mashell Avenue – ca. 1958

Mashell Avenue in the 50’s looks like a scene straight out of Back to the Future.
Some of the buildings are no longer standing, like the Red and White Store on the corner (which was then …

A look at Eatonville, 1957
March 29, 2011 – 1:11 am | 2 Comments
A look at Eatonville, 1957

These two pictures were taken in the 1950s.
The first is of the Eatonville Lumber company. It closed February 1954. On December 2, 1953, the following statement was published:
“Announcement was made today by G.E. Karlin, representing …

Bomber Goes Missing in 1946
March 22, 2011 – 12:23 am | One Comment
Bomber Goes Missing in 1946

March, 2011 this postcard appeared on I purchased in part because I live in Ohop Valley, but also because of the message on top: “25 Marine fliers lost here December 1946. Bodies found summer …

Building the Swanson Airport – 1952
March 14, 2011 – 3:34 pm | One Comment
Building the Swanson Airport – 1952

Roy Swanson provided these pictures of the local loggers clearing the land and building the Swanson airport. Roy believes the pictures were originally Bud Blancher’s.
(Just lick on the image to enlarge.)
All the men volunteered their …

Logging in the 40s
March 13, 2011 – 4:08 pm | One Comment
Logging in the 40s

These loggers thought they were high tech back in the 40s. This photo shows the shift from steam to diesel power in in the woods. Pat Van Eaton says this eliminated the need for water and the …

VanCleve Motors
March 7, 2011 – 1:11 am | 3 Comments
VanCleve Motors

This photo of Ladd, Jim and George Van Cleve was taken around 1940. These three guys were the heart and soul of Van Cleve Motors in Eatonville and Morton for decades.
We’re posting this picture because early …

Eatonville Supports WWII
March 6, 2011 – 6:38 am | 2 Comments
Eatonville Supports WWII

It was 1943 and the world was at war. Even in the tiny town on Eatonville, far from the front lines, the impact the war was having on the country was obvious.
Articles of the Time
In …