Clara (Fiander) Jensenwas known for her hunting skills. In fact, her hunting prowess was covered by Sunset Magazine in 1923. Although folks who read the article may know her for tracking cats, she was a big part of the community for her entire life.
She’s pictured here with her husband John Jensen. They were married in 1902.
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Photo courtesy of Kathi Henderson, Clara’s granddaughter.
Thank you Steve Burwash for sharing this great find—a 1923 calendar from Christensen’s Department Store. (This is the same year Transcontinental airmail service begins and Elmer Rice’s “Adding Machine” premieres in NYC.)
Here’s a shot too of what the store looked like back then.
The falls in the calendar are Wild Cat Falls. It’s still a popular fishing hole. Here’s what they have to says on HookandBullet.com.
“Wildcat Falls is a falls located just 1.5 miles from Eatonville, in Pierce County, in the state of Washington, United States, near Eatonville Junction, WA. Whether you’re baitcasting, fly fishing or spinning your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Wildcat Falls.”
In 1923 the trees were bigger and the logging trucks were smaller. It was dangerous work back then and safety regulations were decades away. For these men of Griffith & Graeber Logging, it was just how logging was done.
Folks have been driving up to Mount Rainier since there were wheels to get the up there.
If you’ve been up to Paradise, you’ll see breathtaking views of the mountain and fields of wildflowers. It wasn’t always so beautiful up there, in fact it sounds like it was a three-ring circus up there in the 1920s and 30s.
“In 1923, the laundry and ice cream plant moved from Longmireto Paradise. In 1927, the Rainier Park Boat Company had a boat rental concession and general store at Reflection Lakes. By 1931, 275 cabins and golf course cover the present flower fields at Paradise. There was also a tent city, and snowshoe rental facility, the guide house, photo shop, a horse rental corral and barn, and the “Tatoosh Club” In the summer thers were also boys camps.”
We’re fortunate that the Graeber family has these wonderful 1920s photos from the Griffith & Graeber logging company. Here we see a lineup of the trucks loaded up and ready to leave the woods — wide angle lens to less.
The early 20s was an exciting time when it came to technology. The first domestic refrigerator was sold in Sweden and the US has just developed the first portable radio. Today you can get satellite radio in your truck, along with a 12-volt beverage cooler.
For a better look at these tractor-like trucks, just click HERE.
It wouldn’t be until 1923 when Eatonville had the champion basketball team that made headlines and put Eatonville on the map. But in 1920-21, the team was honing its skills. This group of guys were the Pierce County champions that year.