1912

Ad for Depot Hotel

Depot Hotel Ad 1947
Depot Hotel Ad 1947

The Depot Hotel was built in 1912 by R. Marti. The building changed hands at least a few times.

In 1930, Marti sold the hotel to Gertrude Faris of Oakland, Calif. In 1941 Gertrude sold it to H. Pierce of Eatonville. The next year, Pierce sold it to A. M. Pugh of Coulee City.

It must of changed hands yet again because it re-opend up under new management in 1947, based on this ad that ran in the Eatonville Dispatch.

Photos courtesy of the Dispatch and Pat Van Eaton.

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Depot Hotel on the right

Depot Hotel on the right

Sofie Hammer Sings in Eatonville (1912)

Sofie Hammer comes to Eatonville
Sofie Hammer comes to Eatonville

Eatonville may have only had a dirt roads and a few street lights in in 1912, but it still had culture. Sofie Hammer, a Norwegian singer, came to town and entertained folks nearly 100 years ago. She was called the Nightingale of the North.

Photos courtesy of the Taylor family.

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Program for Sofie Hammer performance, 1912
Program for Sofie Hammer performance, 1912

 

Eatonville Lumber Co. & Xray machines

Eatonville Lumber Co.
Eatonville Lumber Co.

In 1911, Dr. A. W. Bridge was concerned about keeping the logging community in one piece. He needed electricity to run his X-ray machines, and worked with the Eatonville Lumber Company to come up with a solution.

In November, he asked permission to “string wire from the mill to the drug store and hospital for the transmission of electricity for light and to operate X-ray machines.”

In February 1912 his request was granted.  “Three lights could be dropped from wires owned by Dr. Bridge at a cost of $5.00 each ($110 today) and the Eatonville Lumber Company would supply electrictiy free of charge.”

Extra lights along Groe Street to Mashell Ave. would cost $45.00 more ($1,025 in today’s dollars). The town must have been anxious to move from kerosene lamps to electricity. Eatonville decided to install the street lights as well as one in front of the drug store. (History of Southeastern Pierce County)

Photo Courtesy of Haynes family.

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Hotel Groe (1892)

Stage Coach outside Hotel Groe
Stage Coach outside Hotel Groe

Paul Haynes built the hotel for Frank Groe in 1892 on the south corner of Mashell Avenue and Groe Street. It was then called the Pioneer Hotel.

The 20 x 40 building, with eight bedrooms, was constructed solely of split cedar boards, nailed up and down onto a frame of hewed poles. There wasn’t a foot of sawed lumber throughout the entire building. (History of Southeastern Pierce County).

Very Functional
The Groe’s hotel was multi-functional. The first church wasn’t built until 1912, so the first public services were held at the hotel.

The hotel caught fire several time, and the townsfolk were able to put it out. But eventually the place went down in flames.

Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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Canyada Lodge Ruins

Canadya Ruins - portion of the chimney 1989
Canadya Ruins - portion of the chimney 1989

In 1912, the Canyada Lodge was the something to behold. It was built in La Grande, by Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney, John L. McMurray, for $92,500 — something like $2.1 million today.

In 1927 the grand lodge burned and only the ruins remain. Here are two shots of the ruins taken in 1989, along with a postcard of the short lived Canyada.

Photos courtesy of Gary & Debbie Saint.

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Canyada-post-card
Canyada-post-card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canadya Ruins - Stone columns (1989)
Canadya Ruins - Stone columns (1989)

Phones Come to Eatonville

Anne Christensen Haynes at the switchboard
Katie Christensen at the switchboard

With a cell phone in every pocket and purse, it’s hard to imagine that there was time when phones were rare.

In fact, in 1912 there were only 30 phones in Eatonville and it cost $1.50 a month to rent. By 1954 there were 437 phones and the cost $2.75 a month. (Per History of South Eastern Pierce County.)

The Christensen family operated the Mashell Telephone Company for decades. This photo of Katie Christensen shows her hard at work at the switchboard putting through calls.

In the days of switchboards, when a call came in a light would go on. The switchboard operator would throw a switch, ask who that person who they wanted to speak with and then manually the connection.

Photo courtesy of the Haynes family.

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Alder Dam Powerhouse 1912

La Grande Powerhouse
La Grande Powerhouse

Drive up to La Grande and you can’t miss the Alder Dam, built in the 1940s. But there was another dam before this one — smaller and built in the 1910.

“The water was forced through a pipe bridge that carried the water across the valley and then down four large pipes (5 feet wide) to a powerhouse 410 feet blow.

Inside the powerhouse the four sets of Allis-Chalmers turbines and generators each produced 8,000 horsepower.”  (Per Upper Nisqually Valley)

Photos courtesy Rich Williams

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Tram to La Grande Powerhouse
Tram to La Grande Powerhouse

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transformers inside La Grande Powerhouse

Transformers inside La Grande Powerhouse

 

 

Tall Timber Used to be a Garage

Charlie Williams Garage - 1914
Charlie Williams Garage - 1914

Recognize this building? It’s Charlie Williams Garage — today known as the Tall Timber restaurant, located on Mashell Ave.

Charlie’s garage was built with money from the 1898 Yukon Gold Rush.

The Stage (far left) is a 1912 or 1913 automobile. The other cars are 1913 Model T Fords (aka Tin Lizzies).

The first three men on the left are: Rollie Patter, Bell Orley (one time teamster for T. C. Van Eaton) and Charlie Williams. The two on the far right are Sid Potter and Lee Smith.

 

 

 

La Grande’s Futuristic Homes of 1912

House in La Grande, 1912 (#1)
House in La Grande, 1912 (#1)

Around 1909 the City of Tacoma decided to build a hydro-electric plant in La Grande. They built it between 1910 and 1912 and it cost $58,780,00 ($2,354,984 in today’s dollars). The new plant could produce 6,000 kilowatts, which was enough to meet the entire city’s needs.

Besides the plant, a number of homes built at La Grande for the workers at the plant. There were something to behold in 1912 because they had no chimneys. They were heated and lighted from the Tacoma Power and Light. (Per History of Tacoma Eastern Area).

In fact, La Grande became known in Ripley’s Believe It or Not as the ”town without a chimney.” (Per David Smith).

It’s amazing how modern the homes look by 2011 standards. Unfortunately, none of the homes remain standing today.

Photos courtesy of Rich Williams.

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LaGrande, Washington homes 1912 (no chimneys)
LaGrande, Washington homes 1912 (no chimneys)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Grande, Town without a Chimney
La Grande, Town without a Chimney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canyada Lodge in La Grande

Canyada Lodge being built
Canyada Lodge being built

The Canyada Lodge, in La Grande, was designed by Heath and Gove and opened around 1912. John L. McMurray — a Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney — built the lodge or $92,500.

(This first picture, courtesy of Rich Williams, show it during construction. And I think those are goats on the hillside.)

Visitors on their way to Mount Rainier to could stop, enough the sights, which included the new dam. The lodge, had a short life and burned down in March 1927.

Canyada Lodge during construction
Canyada Lodge during construction

(Second picture, courtesy of Rich Williams, is also during the construction of the Lodge. The next photo, courtesy Pat Van Eaton, is a postcard to promote the elaborate getaway)

A lodge was rebuilt in 1931 by E.J. Leak, although not a elaborate as the first and in a different location closer to the highway. It too had a short live and burned in 1966. The site now houses a private residence.

Canyada post card
Canyada post card

(The next two photos are postcards of the lodge (Courtesy Rich Williams and Jeff Morrison.)

(Last, is the photo of the newer lodge, built in 1931. Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton, was taken in 1937.)

 

 

 

Post Card of Canyada Lodge
Post Card of Canyada Lodge

 

Canyada Lodge in 1937
Canyada Lodge in 1937