Griffith & Graeber Camp, August 10, 1925

Griffith & Graeber Camp, 1925This photo of the Griffith & Graeber Camp, taken August 10, 1925, is a great family shot.

Patty Harris can identify her family: Front row, second from left: Otto Carl Nensen. Second row, second from left: Emmy Evelyn Nensen. Second row, sixth from left: Mary Ann Nensen. Second row, seventh from left: Emma Westin Nensen.

Thank you Loraine Graeber for filling in the gaps.

Starting at the top, going right to

1-Bert Morrison
3-Ed Logan
4-Bill Black
5-Richard Griffith
6-said to be representative from St. Paul and Tacoma Lumber Company
7-Roland “Fuzzy” Griffith (Emil’s partner)
8-Roy Hurd
9-Art Black
10-Judd Morrison
12-Charles Graeber (Emil’s brother)
13-Jack Hagstead
14-Margaret Griffith Ball (Roland Griffith daughter)
15-Nensik girl (Emmy Evelyn Nensen)
16-Mrs. Nellie Griffith (Roland’s wife)
17-Lydia Griffith Hurd
18-Jessie Morrison
19-Nensik girl (Mary Ann Nensen)
20-Mrs. Nensik – cook (Emma Weston Nensen)
21-Amy Griffith Graeber (Roland Griffith daughter-she married Tony Graeber, Emil’s brother) Tony became a partner after the original partnership was formed
24-“Old Hi Black”
25-Andy Balmer (Otto Nensen?)
26-Arthur Hurd
27-Adult unknown
28-Clara Griffith (Roland Griffith daughter)
29-Adult unknown
30-Everett Graeber (son of Tony and Amy)
31-Fred Morrison
32-Wilma Hurd
33-Adult unknown
35-Perry Smith
36-Evelyn Graeber (daughter of Tony and Amy)
37-Tony Graeber

Photo courtesy of Patty Harris.

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Ohop Bob 1925 & 2015 (90 years later)

Ohop Bob 1925
Ohop Bob 1925

Ohop Bob was once a wonderful restaurant and place to stay for those heading to or from Mount Rainier. Judging by this postcard, the meals were pretty good. “Aren’t you jealous? (?) Just had a famous southern dinner there on our way home.”

Today, not much remains of the establishment that burned in the 1960s. Here a look at 1925 and today.

Photos courtesy of Diane Mettler.

Ohop Bob 2015 – at a distance

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Ohop Bob Postcard (1925)
Ohop Bob Postcard (1925)

Ohop Bob 2015 - at a distance

Ohop Bob remains (2015)
Ohop Bob remains (2015)

Electron Powerplant Near Kapowsin (1925)

Kapowsin postcard
Kapowsin postcard

It’s amazing what you can find on ebay, like this postcard of an electric power plant near Kapowsin. 

This particular powerhouse, I believe, was the Electron powerhouse, which went into operation June 26, 1904.

The “The two-story building, (right) was a residence and clubhouse. The machine shop is in the foreground.” (In the Shadow of the Mountain)

For loads of information about this plant and information about Kapowsin, definitely check out Andy Anderson’s book In the Shadow of the Mountain.

Back of Kapowsin postcard
Back of Kapowsin postcard

Images courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Taking a trip to Nisqually Glacier (1925)

Nisqually Glacier 1925This shot was taken August 9, 1925, (the same year the first motel opened in the U.S) when a group of folks drove up to Rainier to see the Nisqually Glacier. 

As you can see, the photo doesn’t show much of the glacier, but it is a great shot of the vehicles of the day. (If you’d like to see a better shot of the glacier then, just click HERE.)

Thank you Ray Weber, who says this picture was taken by his grandmother.

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May Day – 1952

1952 May Day Court
1952 May Day Court

Community Day at Eatonville has always included a May Day celebration and a May Day court. Here’s a glimpse at the 1952 May Day Court and the pretty impressive backdrop.

Court, top row left:  Principal Bill Tone principal, Tom Lonn, Gary Allison, ?, Ernie Jones, Queen Grace, King Charles Hale, ?, Roy Swanson, Dick Logston, Lloyd Stewart
Bottom row left to right: Marilyn Predmore, Shirley Jones, second to last Luann Hawes.

If you know some of the names of the 1952 Court please help us fill in the blanks.


Photo courtesy of Dick Logston.

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Request for Expenses to T. C. Van Eaton (1925)

L. L. Benbow to T. C. Van Eaton (1925)
L. L. Benbow to T. C. Van Eaton (1925)

I enjoy photos of days gone by, but it’s things like this — a request for payment of expenses on New Washington Hotel stationery from L. L. Barrbow to T. C. Van Eaton — that make the images come alive.

The note reads,

Dear Friend:

As per plan, I am sending a statement of expenses incurred by me in three traveling trips, traveling alone.

On six separate days, when traveling with men from Kapowsin, they paid all expsenses.

If a check is sent at once, I will have it for my Olympia trip next Monday.

As ever,

L.L. Barrbow

New Washington Hotel
New Washington Hotel

Just a little note on the New Washington Hotel — it still stands.

“James Moore constructed the elegant 14-story New Washington Hotel (now the Josephinum, 1902 Second Avenue). When it was completed in 1908 it was the city’s premier hotel with 250 rooms and an elegant marble lobby and dining room.

Its guests have included Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding. Much later, Elvis Presley stayed here when he was filming It Happened at the World’s Fair. The exterior has extensive terra cotta, with an unusual worm-like design. The building has been used for low-income housing since 1963 and was completely renovated in 1991. The former dining room now accommodates a Catholic church.” (Per www.viaducthistory.com)

Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton and VintageSeattle.org.

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Eatonville Lumber Company facts

Eatonvlle Lbr Co yarder
Eatonvlle Lbr Co yarder

Here are a few things you might know about the Eatonville Lumber Company, which operated in Eatonville from 1907 until 1954.

• Tacoma Eastern/Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad arrived in 1904 — followed by the opening of the mill in 1907.
T. S. Galbraith (Tom) took over ELCO in the fall of 1909.
John Galbraith (Tom’s son) took over from his dad in 1930. He was also mayor of Eatonville for 22 years and chairman of the school board for numerous terms.
• The mill employed 200 employees at its height.
• Wages in 1912 – $.17/hr., and an employee worked six, eight-hour days a week.
• Wages in 1952 – $1.85/hr., and employees worked five, eight-hour days a week.
ELCO store was built in 1908
• ELCO office was built in 1910
• ELCO station and auto repair shop was built in 1907
T. S. Galbraith built his home in 1925 and it’s still used today.

Overview of ELCO 1942
Overview of ELCO 1942

• T. S. Galbraith built 22 company-owned homes. Most were built in 1910 and were located next to the company store, and some are still family homes.
• The houses on Prospect Street were built in 1913 and the houses on Washington street were built in 1923.
• The mill burned in 1932 and was rebuilt over a number of years. It finally reopened September 22, 1936.
• Galbraith sold the mill to G. E. Karlen in 1941.

Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton, the Parnel family and the University of Washington. Facts courtesy of The Eatonville History Project.

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