The 30s, 40s and 50s

Ohop Bob, early 1930s

Ohop Bob early 1900s
Ohop Bob early 1930s

Came across this postcard of Ohop Bob on Ebay. Couldn’t help but purchase it. It was probably taken in the 1930s after the second story was put on. I love that you can see the sign “Ohop Bob” off to the left.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with restaurant that overlooked Ohop Valley, there are a number of posts on this site, including the night it housed a murderer.

It was known for its amazing chicken dinners, and although it burned in the early 1960s, the memory (and postcards) lives on.

Ohop Bob Sign
Ohop Bob Sign

Photo courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Jonas Asplund, W7IG – ham radio in 1948

1948 W71G postcard by Jonas Asplund
1948 W71G postcard by Jonas Asplund

Jonas Asplund, was a farmer, a pilot . . . as well as a ham radio operator, call sign W71G.

QSO commonly refers to the contact between two amateur radio stations. Jonas mailed this proof of contact out to Frank Taylor of McLeansboro, Ill. stating contact was made September 27, 1948 at 10 am.

What I love about this is all the extras that Jonas added — the picture of the mountain, the hight of Mt. Rainier, and Silver Lake.

Back of 1948 W71G postcard by Jonas Asplund
Back of 1948 W71G postcard by Jonas Asplund

Amateur radio was quite popular in 1948 judging by this 1948 cover of Radio News.

There is quite a history about amateur radio. To read a little, just click HERE. Also to learn more about call signs, check out the Wt71 Group.

Radio News cover 1948
Radio News cover 1948

Images of card courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Mashell Ave. in 1942

IOOF on Mashell Ave 1942
IOOF on Mashell Ave 1942

Josie Johnston posted this picture on Facebook the other day. It inspired some memories from locals.

Josie: I’m just messing around on some historical research sites today and found this very cool view of what the Hotes Hall used to look like. I did not know it was an IOOF before it was a Mason’s hall, but from this photo, I’m guessing it must have been.
Full description: “Black and white, close oblique angle linen backed photographic image of commercial buildings on one side of an Eatonville, Pierce County, WA street, 1942. Two story building in image center is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall. The U.S. Post Office is on the first floor of the building. Sign in the post office street window: Register Now (Selective Service). The Roxy Theatre is in a building near image right edge. A bicycle is leaning against the street curb in front of the post office.”

Mashell Ave. 1959
Mashell Ave. 1959

Dixie Walter: When I moved back to town in 1960 the Dispatch was located in one of those places with the windows…not sure when the paper moved there since in those days once a newspaper picked a site it stayed a long time…the presses were huge and extremely heavy so no one liked to move much…sometime in the early 60s the paper moved to the little building next to where ERA used to be. Now it’s no problem to move papers as computers are soooo much easier to pack up and go wherever…I’ll see if Bob knows anything about the other photo showing the mountain. I’ve seen it before, probably during the Centennial…

Phillip David Smith: I was a past Master Canceller of DeMolay in the 60’s and spent a lot of great times at that Mason Hall; had a lot of great dances up there. Thank God we also had someone running the Roxy during that time.

Alice Wingrove: There was an ice cream store next to the Roxy and after a movie we would stop and get a cone to eat on the way home, Doris Olden Vormerstrand use to work there and she would really load the cones full of ice cream.

Karen Laura Lane Phelan: On the corner was the Post Office. The lodge was upstairs and Rainbow Girls and Demolay Boys sponsored dances for the high school kids. Further down was the Dispatch Office. At one time, Lorraine LaPlante had a little soda shop in there before you got to Pecheos Roxy Theater

A Look Down Center Street (ca. 1950s)

View Down Center Street
View Down Center Street

This image comes straight from the Eatonville History Facebook page and was posted by Josie Johnston: “This is looking down Center towards Mashell if you were standing in the street near modern day Community Center.”

Ryan Ward adds, “This photo looks like it was taken at the intersection of Center St. and Pennsylvania looking east.” And Nathan Hale agrees.

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Ingbrick and Marie Jacobson and Signe Keller

Jacobson Family
Jacobson Family

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Ohop Valley was populated with Norwegians — like Ingbrick and Marie Jacobson and daughter Signe Keller. This family lived in one of the original homes still standing, near the Pioneer Farm.

In this shot of the valley, their farm is located in the upper right. You can see the barn clearly, although it has recently fallen.

Photo courtesy of Rich and Ruthie Williams.

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Ohop Valley, between 1907 & 1920
Ohop Valley, between 1907 & 1920

 

Alder Grade School 1941

Alder Grade School 1941
Alder Grade School 1941

This picture showed up on Facebook via Diana Grant, and was restored by Charles Batchelor.

Lots of great comments came from this post. Here you go:

Diana Grant: This is Ethel Jacobson...I will be using this in my next book regarding the teachers of the Eatonville School District. I would love to have the students ID’d.

Kevin Hoskins: Some look familiar but the person that stands out is, Clarabelle Cronkite Nordstrom. 2nd row from the top, 4 from the left.

2nd Alder school ca 1909
2nd Alder school ca 1909

Mar Elliff: Miss Jacobson is the female teacher.

Peggy Divelbiss Kays: Great restoration! I remember Miss Jacobson teaching at Eatonville Grade school – my first grade teacher in the late 50’s.

Dennis Deck: My dad, back row 6th from right in between Jim and Howard Carl Rotter.

David Beane: Dictionary description of “Schoolmarm”=Miss Jacobson.😛..She was my 1st grade teacher at Eatonville Elementary.in 1959.

Alder Community Center, previously the Alder School
Alder Community Center, previously the Alder School

Kaylee Nunyabiz: This is presently School House Island, in Alder Lake. No [it’s not standing] just some part of the foundation. It’s an island that during winter you can occasionally walk to. But it’s an easy swim out to it on a hot day.

Stephen Parton: The actual schoolhouse (or part of it) is the community hall along Highway 7 in Alder (next to the store).

State Patrol in Eatonville (1958)

State Patrol and the Red and White
State Patrol and the Red and White 1958

I’m not sure what the incident was, but the State Patrol was parked on Center Street, on a sunny day in 1958.

What’s more interesting than the car are the buildings. In this first image you can see the Red & White store next to the brick building that is now Kirk’s Pharmacy.

In the second image, a Mobile station  (Christensen’s Motors) stands where the vacant Sears building sits.

Photos courtesy of the the Baublits family and taken by Joe Larin.

State Patrol on Center Street, 1958 and Mobile Station
State Patrol on Center Street, 1958 and Mobile Station

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