1915

LeGrande Dam Pipes – 1915

Alder Pipe, La Grande, WA 1915
LaGrande aqueduct, La Grande, Wash., 1915

Here are two photos of the LaGrande Aqueduct taken in LaGrande, Wash., in 1915.

In the first photo you can actually see people at the top.

Rich Williams, “The water was diverted at LaGrande Dam, and the flume ran down the west side of the river and crossed the LeGrande Canyon vie this pipeline. The pipeline ended up at the headworks reservoir in LaGrande.”

Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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East end of LaGrande aqueduct, La Grande, WA 1915
East end of LaGrande aqueduct, La Grande, WA 1915



 

 

 

Girls Basket Ball — Then and Now (1915 – 2011)

EHS Girl's 1915 Varsity Basketball team
EHS Girl's 1915 Varsity Basketball team

Eatonville High school had girl’s team almost 100 years ago. They outfits have changed quite a bit — who knew you wore hats. Also, tennis shoes were yet to be invented.

Back then, it was mostly six-on-six basketball with three “forwards” and three “guards”.

Girl’s basketball started growing in popularity in the 1970s. Today, nearly all women’s basketball leagues (pro, college, and high school) play by the same basic five-on-five rules.

Photos Courtesy of Rich Williams.

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1916 EHS Girl's Basketball Team
1916 EHS Girl's Basketball Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent EHS girl's basketball lineup
Recent EHS girl's basketball lineup

 

 

Eatonville Auditorium — Then & Now (1915-2011)

Auditorium in 1915, equipped with fire proof motion picture booth
Auditorium in 1915, equipped with fire proof motion picture booth

The Eatonville High School has gone through a number of transformations over the last century. Here’s the 1915 state-of the-art auditorium (with a fire proof motion picture booth), next to the 2011 version.

Even with all the changes, you can still see some similarities.

Photos courtesy of Eatonville High School, Haynes family and Pat Van Eaton.

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Eatonville High School Auditorium 2011
Eatonville High School Auditorium 2011

Little Garage on Mashell, 1915

Charlie & Ray Williams in the garage, 1915
Charlie & Ray Williams in the garage, 1915

This little garage stood on Mashell Ave., next to where Postnet stands today, and was owned by Charley Williams. In fact, that’s Charley Williams standing there in the doorway. The boy to his left is his son Ray Williams.

The picture was taken in 1915 — the same year William Boeing took his first flight lesson. Also, the same year Ford built it’s millionth car.

Photo courtesy Rich William.

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Ag Class Builds Barn – ca. 1915

Pictured left to right:  Alfred Brener, Fred Chamberlain, Frank Hebel, Herman Hebel, George Moen, Harry Elmlund, John Kruger, McKinley Van Eaton, Morris Calloway, Dewey Fredrickson, Eddie Kiddleman, B.W. Lyon Superintendent and Ag.  Teacher, Francis Canty, John Hotes, Lawrence Fairbairn, Ernest Jacobson, Matt Kjelstad and Dee Kendle.
Pictured left to right: Alfred Breuer, Fred Chamberlain, Frank Hebel, Herman Hebel, George Moen, Harry Elmlund, John Kruger, McKinley Van Eaton, Morris Calloway, Dewey Fredrickson, Eddie Kiddleman, B.W. Lyon Superintendent and Ag. Teacher, Francis Canty, John Hotes, Lawrence Fairbairn, Ernest Jacobson, Matt Kjelstad and Dee Kendle.

The guys who took Ag back in the 1915 weren’t just good at raising animals, they were also pretty good at raising barns. This barn was built and designed by the students. It stood North of today’s football field.

In the second photo, these students tested the cattle for Tuberculosis. (Which is a rare disease today.)

Poultry pens
The Ag department also had poultry raising pens in the same spot.

The smells at school must have been a little different than the ones today.

Ag students testing cattle for Tuberculosis.
Ag students testing cattle for Tuberculosis.

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of the Haynes family.

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Poultry pens at Eatonville High.
Poultry pens at Eatonville High.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ag students in the poultry pen.
The Ag students in the poultry pen.

 



New Eatonville School – 1915

1915 High school. Landscaping is underway.
1916 High school. Landscaping is underway.

On July 4, 1915, construction started on the new Eatonville High School and it was dedicated in 1916.

This school would turn out be second to none. Articles were written about it and the town was extremely proud. Below are just a few pictures of the school that was said to be 25 years ahead of its time.

The History of Tacoma Eastern Area says that, in 1914, while B.W. Lyon was superintendent of the Eatonville schools, the county superintendent, L.L. Benbow, added sections of timberlands to the Eatonville School District to provide additional tax revenues to build quality schools in eastern Pierce County.  In 1914, the Eatonville School Board consisted of N.P. Christensen, Chairman and R.M. Engle and O. Johnson.

High School Cafeteria, 1915
High School Cafeteria, 1916

Photos courtesy of the Haynes family.

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State of the art gym in 1915
State of the art gym in 1916

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th Grade Boys using the gym in ca. 1915
5th Grade Boys using the gym in ca. 1916

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front of the brand new 1915 gym
Front of the brand new ca. 1916 gym

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eatonville's high school science class in 1915
Eatonville's high school science class in 1916

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop class at Eatonville in 1915
Shop class at Eatonville in 1916

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eatonville was one of the rare schools to have a pool in 1915
Eatonville was one of the rare schools to have a pool in 1916

Nitrogen Plant at La Grande

Nitrogen Plant at La Grande
Nitrogen Plant at La Grande

In the early 1900s, the American Nitrogen Products Company built a large plant on the rail line — on the north side of La Grande — to produce nitrate of soda crystals.

Although I don’t know who American Nitrogen Products Company’s customers were, sodium nitrate is used in making potassium nitrate, fertilizers, and explosives.

The building has since burned down, but it was impressive in its day.

In front of the plant are the futuristic La Grande homes, with no chimneys because they were lit and heated with electricity.

Photo courtesy of Rich Williams.

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May 7, 1915 Fire

Eatonville Fire, May 1915
Eatonville Fire, May 1915

This blaze started because someone wanted to burn the saloon. The man missed his target and lit G. B. Ingersoll’s hardware store on fire.

Dynamite
The amazing part of this story is that there was dynamite kept n the back of the hardware store. An eye witness said it was the Japanese citizens of Eatonville who went into the burning structure and carried it out. (Per History of Eastern Pierce County.)

This is incredible. Who has the guts to  remove dynamite in a FIRE?

I would like to think I would have been brave enough to do something like that — for my town and its people. But in truth, I would have been in the bucket brigade.

To those gutsy citizens on May 15, 1915, here’s a belated “THANK YOU!”