Paradise Inn – 100 Years old in 2016

Paradise Inn - 1916
Paradise Inn – 1916

I don’t know what’s more impressive—the iconic Paradise Inn or Mount Rainier looming behind it.

“Construction of the majestic Paradise Inn was completed 100 years ago in 1916. Today, entering the inn with its large timbers and massive stone fireplaces is like stepping back into an earlier time. You can almost envision the dusty travellers of the early 1900s in their long skirts and woolen traveling suits enjoying refreshments in the lobby,” says the Park Service.

This second shot is of the lobby, but in the 1940s. It’s still cozy today and worth a visit!

Photo courtesy of the Park Service and Diane Mettler.

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Paradise Inn lobby (ca. 1949)
Paradise Inn lobby (ca. 1949)


Eatonville High School Wow’s them in 1915

Eatonville Auditorium 1916
Eatonville Auditorium 1916

On the 4th of July, 1915, Eatonville residents paraded down the Mashell to not only celebrate independence day but to also lay the cornerstone of the new high school.

This school would be first class all the way and at a cost of $45,000 (approximately $1,035,000 today), next to the $16,000 gym. Building got underway and doors opened in 1916. The end result? It blew people away.

No Other Like It
Washington Governor Ernest Lister attended the dedication, along with State Superintendent and, the president of the state college, and, of course, pretty much every Eatonville resident.

Governor Lister said, “There is no other high school in the state like Eatonville’s.” Others agreed. The school was written up in newspapers and journals as an example of what to strive for.

Eatonville High School Gym - 1916
Eatonville High School Gym – 1916

A look inside
It’s not possible to mention all the advanced and innovative features of the amazing 1916 school, but here are a few.
• a steam heating plant in the basement, equipped with an automatic heat regulating system.
• an automatic electric clock in the superintendent’s office. The master clock was connected with 22 smaller clocks in other buildings.
• a fire alarm system.
• a manual training department, complete with the most modern wood and metal working power lathes. It was also equipped with top-of-the-line safety devices in case of an accident.
• a household arts department with a model sewing room, living room, bedroom and a large kitchen laboratory, “where common sense domestic science” was taught.
• a generous agriculture department, including outdoor barns and laboratory.
• physics and chemistry laboratories, and academic classrooms on the third floor,
• a stocked library.
• a reading room and checker and chess room.
• a modern auditorium equipped with a fireproof motion picture lantern room and a three-section lighted stage.

Eatonville-Haynes-Vintage-Pictures-013The new gym also had its own wow factor. It was equipped with dumbbells, Indian clubs, horses, bars, rings, trapeze, rowing machines, indoor track, and more. If that wasn’t enough there was a swimming pool, where students received training in swimming, diving, lifesaving, and first aid.

Civic Pride
There was a great amount of civic pride in the school. It would be hard not to be proud when it was being toted as the “leading rural school system in the Pacific Northwest” and being written up in papers in journals back east.

Thankfully, today things haven’t changed that much. EHS is still a beautiful modern school, equipped with some cutting edge technology. Students are being prepared for the 21st century (instead of the 20th), and civic pride still runs deep.

Eatonville High School Opens in 1916

New EHS - 1916
New EHS – 1916

Eatonville’s 1916 high school was quite the school. It was head of its time with swimming pool, contemporary cafeteria, and state-of-the-art classrooms and auditorium.

People were blown away by this modern school and it was written up various publications.

If you want to take a look inside at some of its rooms, just click HERE.

Image courtesy of Rich and Ruthie Williams.

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Early Dispatch (ca. 1920)

Eatonville's early printing press
Eatonville’s early printing press

The Eatonville Dispatch got its start in 1916. The press was possibly a 1908 Chandler & Price Gordon press.

Hard Work
There’s a video on YouTube that shows hand typesetting and printing in 1947. Within minutes you understand what work went into putting out a paper — long before the computer or printer.

1908 Printing Pree Ad
1908 Printing Pree Ad

When you see all the steps — espeically typesetting — that went into printing a paper, it’s amazing that there was time to write, layout, print and deliver the paper in a week.

Photo courtesy of Rick Parnell and the Parnell family.

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Thank you! Over 58,600 views in 2012

Snow storm 1915-16, Mashell Bridge and Eatonville Lumber Co.
Snow storm 1915-16, Mashell Bridge and Eatonville Lumber Co.

THANK YOU to everyone who has visited this site and made it a success. In 2012 there were 58,623 visits — roughly 19 times the population of Eatonville.

Your input is making this a valuable addition to Eatonville’s history.

Hopefully 2013 will be one historians will look back on kindly.

Happy New Year!!


Photo courtesy of the Christensen family.

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When Eatonville Outdoor was a Jewelry Store (1916 & 2012)

Eatonville Outdoor 2012
Eatonville Outdoor 2012

On the corner of Center and Mashell you’ll find Eatonville Outdoor — a shop for all your outdoor sports needs.

A hundred years ago you would have found a jewelry shot owned by the Joseph Hearn. He started his business in 1916. In 1918 Mr. Hearn sold the store to N. H. Larson.

The little shop has been a lot of things over the years, including the post office, but really hasn’t changed all that much.

Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

Jewelry shop (currently Eatonville Outdoor)
Jewelry shop (currently Eatonville Outdoor)

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Jewlrey shop before it was Eatonville Outdoor — and before there was a theater
Jewlrey shop before it was Eatonville Outdoor — and before there was a theater

Peterson Postcard (1919)

Torger Peterson's house - Ohop Valley (1916)
Torger Peterson's house - Ohop Valley (1916)

This postcard of Torger Peterson’s house in 1916, not long after it was built, was authored by Helen Peterson.

You might think, “Wow, that place must have been famous to have its own postcard,” but it’s actually an RPPC (Real photo postcard).

RPPC Cards
“In 1903 Kodak introduced the No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak. The camera, designed for postcard-size film, allowed the general public to take photographs and have them printed on postcard backs. They are usually the same size as standard vintage postcards (3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″). Also known by the acronym “RPPC”.

Kodak’s 3A camera pioneered in its use of postcard-size film but was not the only one to make Real Photo postcards. Many other cameras were used, some of which used old-fashioned glass plates that required cropping the image to fit the postcard format.” (Per Wikipedia.)

Peterson Postcard - side 2
Peterson Postcard - side 2

Helen’s Card
For those of you who can’t read second grade writing well, it reads . . .

Eatonville, Wash., March 19, 1916
Dear aunte Ti ane
I will send you a card of our house. I am going to school and I’m in the second grade. 
Thank you for the nice things you sent us for Christmas. With love to all. Helen Peterson
Images courtesy of Linda Lewis.
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Eatonville High School Ag Room (ca. 1916)

Eatonville Ag Class (ca. 1915)
Eatonville Ag Class (ca. 1916)

This shot of the Ag Room at the high school is packed with detail about what farming was all about back then. Notice the poster for the farm horse, and others on the hog, the sheep and bottler are covering one on beef.

Lots of grasses are being grown and lots of testing.

The Popular Educator wrote in December 1915 of Eatonville’s Ag department:

“With seven acres as a background, agriculture began in real earnest — agriculture which is being learned not only by school chilren, but by their parents and anyone in the district who will learn. Eatonville must hope to be a strong agricutlural center when the teimber begins to fail.

“As a beginning in practical agriculture, then, three pens of pure bred poultry were obtained from the State Agriculture Experiment Stations, and were kept on the school grounds and cared for by the class in agriculture. This created a great deal of interest among the pupils, who kept records of feed and of egg productions.  Good results were obtained , and the immediate and direct benefit to the community has been more good poultry in Eatonville this year than in may years before.

“The class in agriculture also purchased six pigs, paying three dollars each for them and buying all feed at retail. These were also cared for on the school farm, and accurate records kept, showing feeding, expense and increase in weight each week. Prizes of five, three and two dollars were offered by citizen [for the best raised pigs]. And as a result to the community, the parents are gaining confidence in the school. One man who saw his boy’s record decided that his hon knew more about raising pigs than he did, and turned his pigs over the boy to manage.

Besides these experiments in managing live stock, there were over two hundred experiments in grains, grasses, and various crops carried on by the class in agriculture. These best breeds of live stock, the best crops to suit local conditions, will be determined by these experiments and by visits to successful farms nearby.”

Photo and information courtesy of the Haynes family and Rich and Ruthie Williams.

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