Eatonville Hospital – 1921
March 8, 2018 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

Here’s an old envelope from 1921 to Julie Dougher c/o of the the Eatonville Hospital. Don’t know anything about Julie — whether she was a nurse or a patient. (If you have any information, please …

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Loggers Build Eatonville an Airport
April 14, 2011 – 12:34 am | 5 Comments
Loggers Build Eatonville an Airport

In 1952, John Swanson, Eatonville councilman and logger, told the council that there was a need for an Eatonville airport. His expense statement was hard to argue with — it would cost the town nothing.
John’s …

Scenic Four Lake Loop Drive
April 9, 2011 – 3:52 pm | 5 Comments
Scenic Four Lake Loop Drive

Sometime in the 50s there was a petition to create a scenic loop drive between four lakes — Kapowsin, Ohop Lake, Tanwax and Clear Lake.
By adding just 2.1 miles of road construction, people could cut …

Movies in Eatonville – Roxy Theater
April 9, 2011 – 3:17 pm | 4 Comments
Movies in Eatonville – Roxy Theater

Eatonville’s Roxy theater in town was built by A.G. Pecchia back in 1942. It was just one of many.
Mr. Pecchia came into the movie business by accident. Around 1920,  a man who was renting Pecchia’s …

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 …

Creating Canyon Road – Pictoral (first set)
April 5, 2011 – 5:41 am | 7 Comments
Creating Canyon Road – Pictoral (first set)

Every time I drive up Canyon Road I wonder what it took to carve a road out of side of a rock wall. And how hard would that be back in 1920 when the road …

Eatonville’s Close Encounter
March 25, 2011 – 4:01 pm | 7 Comments
Eatonville’s Close Encounter

In 1975, two years before Steven Spielberg’s movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind hit the theaters, Eatonville was already the hub of supernatural activity.
In October, Janet Ahrendsen and her two daughters were interviewed by …

Memories of Friendly Inn Shootout
March 15, 2011 – 11:45 pm | No Comment
Memories of Friendly Inn Shootout

 
Here is another version of the Friendly Inn Shootout by Pat Hamilton, which ran in The Dispatch, March 15, 2011.
Pat knew the family and his accounts are different that written up on the History of Tacoma …

Indian Henry (So-To-Lick)
March 13, 2011 – 5:00 pm | 4 Comments
Indian Henry (So-To-Lick)

Indian Henry (So-To-Lick, 1820-95) was a complex man, able to live in two worlds. While he was dedicated to indian customs he was also comfortable with the white man.
Some believe he was a Klickitat or …

Murder at Friendly Inn
March 6, 2011 – 6:51 am | No Comment
Murder at Friendly Inn

Ready for an “unsolved crime” story? This one, however, is likely to stay unsolved since it took place over 80 years ago.
In October 1928, Julian Tison, his wife, and two teenage sons, took over the …

New Zoo Park – Northwest Trek
March 6, 2011 – 6:46 am | No Comment
New Zoo Park – Northwest Trek

Forty years ago, in 1971, an article ran in the Dispatch about the development of a “535-acre Zoo-Park”. This facility, tentatively called Northwoods Trek, would “exhibit, propagate and preserve predominately native Northwest and Alaska species …