The exact date of this image is unknown, but was probably taken around January, 1954.
The writing on the photo reads “Elbe BM – across from Depot – CMP.S.”
To the right is a a clear view of is the Elbe IOOF(Independent Order of Odd Fellows) building, which still stands today.
You can see Lambert’s Quick Lunch in the background. That building, however, is no longer standing. “. . . Lambert’s Lunch and Service Station sold to Stanley Johnson and later became the A&M Cafe burned down.” (History of Southeastern Pierce County.)
This shot, taken of the Redmen Hall(or Redman Hall as it was also referred) in 1954, was at the end of its illustrious life. It had been I.O.R.Mmeeting place, but also housed countless dances, as well as auctions, and even wrestling matches.
You won’t see it standing today. In its place is the Landmark Restaurant.
Photo courtesy of the Baublits family and taken by Joe Larin.
Robin Hood Day was an idea created by Eatonville residents during a down time in the economy. The lumber mill had closed and they were looking for ways to bring businesses and people to the town. One idea was a Robin Hood Day festival — including archery tournament, parade, an outdoor high school play and more.
This postcard was sent to John J. Falk back in 1911 from Sweden.
Translation: Wish you a happy and good Pentecost. I am well and of good health. Lots of greetings with this card. To you from your friend. M.A. Waiting for response.
Mr. Falk written up briefly in the town’s history:
“During April 1913 various plans for an electric light system were discussed and a survey made to determine [a] number of possible users: also possibility of [the] town procuring free fuel from the Eatonville Lumber Companyfor a steam power electric lighting plant. In June, the committee met with John Falk for the purpose of securing [a] site for a dam and power house on Lynch Creek for municipal light and power plant.
In July they met to consider steps in the construction of a hydro-electric light and power plant . . . Mr. Snow had secured pledges amour to $39,900 [$975,000 by today’s standards] in a partial canvass of the town, this being based on the purchase of the site at Lynch Creek and the construction of a transmission line to LaGrandefor current.
Footnote: 1954. The site was purchased and is still owned by the town, but the dam and power house were not built. The town owns and maintina its own distribution lines from LaGrande and pays the City of Tacoma for electricity used each month, the town in turn collecting from users.” (History of Southeastern Pierce County)
Photo courtesy of Diane Mettler. Translation by Venke Lyngsnes.
This article appeared in the Sunday News Tribune on July 18, 1954. — This is worth a read. Not only is there information on the Robin Hood Day, but you can see that papers were easily the Facebook of today. Check out the information they pack in.
Robin Hood Raid This daring band of outlaws will appear in Tacoma soon to spread news of Robin Hood Day in Eatonville, scheduled for Aug. 8. The group invades Chamber of Commerce meetings in Western Washington cities, entertains with old English ballads, then exchanges Robin Hood Day buttons for money. Pictured left to right, are Bill Tone, Florence Parrish, Dick Logston, Linda Treadwell, and Dick Taylor.
Eatonville Prepared for Robin Hood Day The people of the Operation Bootstrap area are becoming as familiar with the affairs of the Sheriff of Nottingham, Sir guy of Gisbourne, Rob old, Little John and Will Scarlett, as folks elsewhere are with Stevens and McCarthy, Dulles and Molotov. The bullwhackers and the fallers are becoming as hand in whirling the quarter stave as in handling their peavies and double hitter axes. Rehearsals for the Robin Hood Day Pageant, “The Story of Robin Hood” to be shown at fall of darkness on August 8, are in full swing.
The prettiest girls of the Bootstrap area are viewing for roles of Maid Marian and ladies of the court. The Maid Marian will be chosen form Eatonville and candidates are Marilyn Predmore, Jean Monson, Florence Parrish, Mary Lee, Darlene Hightower, Ruth Swanson and Linda Treadwell. Sliver Lake as named Evelyn Enwall and Naida Asplund; Weyerhaeuser Marjory Kropf and June Krones; Clear Lake, Ruth Klasey. Pretty candidates from other communities comprising the Bootstrap area are still to be selected by their respective communities.
On July 31, a week before Robin Hood Day, there will be held a Robin Hood costume dance, in charge of Frank Van Eaton.
Committees for Celebration Among Robin Hood Day committees are: pageant ticket committee, Dick Christensen; concession booth committee; Steve Packer and Ed Haarstad; program sale, Boy and Girl Scouts; sound equipment, Floyd Larkin; lighting Cecil Williams; scenery, Wilton Colyer; decoration, Esther Parker; costumes, Kay Tone and Martha Parrish; archery target, Helmar Norberg; special sign committee, Wilton Colyer, John Sartell, Bob Gritman and Helmar Norberg; advertising visitation committee, Bill Tone, Florence Parrish, Linda Treadwell, Dick Logston, and Dick Taylor; advertising, Beverly Nevitt; talent scout, Ethel Jordan; town decoration, Bud Anderson and George Hlavin; and properties Don Christensen.
The president of the State Archery Association, K.C. Robins of Seattle, visited Eatonville recently to make arrangements for the state target tournament, which will be held on the school grounds on Robin Hood Day.
Town Cleanup Planned Ed Haarstad has accepted the chairmanship of the Operation Bootstrap beautification committee and is busy organizing the town for a cleanup campaign to extend over July 24 and 25. He is arranging for every individual in town to be contacted and signed up to work. From a central labor pool, groups will move out to attack neglected vacant lots, wild blackberry brambles, and recalcitrant Scottish bloom.
At their regular meeting Monday evening the town council voted to buy the part of the town water system owned by Eatonville Lumber Company. The price set is $4,500 and will include a 1,000-gallon-per-minute pump with electric motor and control equipment, pump house, flume and reservoirs and pipes, together with easement of land. Concilman John Swanson is in charge of the deal and Cecil Williams is supervising work on the new part of the town water system. In the past, the town water system has been party owned and partly operated by both the mill and the town.
At the council meeting, Councilman Arne Haynes, in charge of the street department, described plans for repair work on streets and paving of the intersections of Mashell and Larson and of Washington and Groe.
Purchase of sound equipment for civil defense was approved by the council at its meeting. This sound equipment will also be used for community groups.
Request to all departments of town government to prepare budget estimates was made by Mayor Floyd Larkin. The public budget hearing will be made September 14.
Road Project Near Completion One of the several county road projects of this part of Pierce County is nearing completion. This project is replacing an old WPA wooden bridge over Lynch Creek with a concrete structure. Work has been going on for several months and there was a final hitch when several springs bubbled up at the new bridge approaches.
A reunion of the Eatonville High School class of 1942 is being arranged by Mrs. Hugo La Plante and Mrs. Charles Cox for luncheon July 22 at the Top of the Ocean in Tacoma.
Final match of the Washington State Rifle Association postal matches will be held at the Rimrock recreation areas this Sunday.
Word has been received by Mrs. Fred O. Martin of Eatonville rural route, that her son, Darrell M. Martin is serving with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.
Preschool mothers will enjoy a picnic Sunday afternoon at the Clear Lake home of Mrs. and Mrs. George Smallwood.
Mrs. Engle Honored
Members of the Pentecostal Baptist Church of God gathered from Tacoma, Seattle ad Puyallup at Elbe last Sunday to celebrate the 75th birthday of Mrs. Pearl Engle, who last year retired as Elbe Postmaster. There was a salute to the flag and a sermon on the occasion by Ray Engle entitled: “The Calling Out of Abraham on this 75th Birthday and Promise of His Seed to Become a Multitude of Which the United STates Is a Part.” Mrs. Engle received many birthday gifts.
Mrs. and Mrs. Casey Swanson children Ruth, Rodney and Stanley are home from a tow-week vacation spend in Kennewick with Mr. Swanson’s brother-in-law, Buck Poteete.
An eight-pound daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Snyder Tuesday morning.
Lloyd Stuart, Guy Foster and Kenny Hamilton are back from two weeks training with the National Reserve in San Diego.
Little Connie Lynn La Plante, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo La Plante, celebrated her birthday with a party at her home last week. Guests included Janice Waterer, Mary Wave Van Daren, Bill and Jeannette Vaughn, Judy Marshall, Mille Smallwood, Julie Wood, Stella and Vincent Pecchia, Roberta Butler, Karen Black, Sharon Van Buskirk, Linda Jordan, Janet Collinsworth and Connie’s brother, Byron. Others present were her parents, her grandmother Mrs. Hibbard and Mrs. Mary Wood.
To Attend Utah Conference
Attending the regional conference of Future Homemakers of America on the Utah College campus at Logan, Utah, July 20 to 23, will be Miss Naida Asplund, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Jonas Asplund. Delegates to the conference will come from 11 Western states and Hawaii. Miss Asplund will travel with the delegation of 30 from Washington.
Member of Mt. Start Chapter, OES and of Terrestrial Lodge No. 228, F&AM, will enjoy their annual picnic at the neighboring homes of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hotes and Mr. and Mrs. George Smallwood at Clear Lake Sunday Aug. 1.
“Eatonville’s entry in the daffodil parade is seen as it made its way through Puyallup. Pictured on the float are Florence Parrish as Maid Marian; Dick Logston as Robin Hood and Delores Jordan, Friar Truck, and Lois Swanson, skier. Seated are Doug Smith, rifle hunter, and Loren Hamilton, bow and arrow.
Not caught by the camera were Sharon Oxwang, Kathy Tone, Taffy Swanson, Ron Morrison, Bob Tone, and Sig Osterdahl, unseen hero in the driver’s seat.” (Eatonville Dispatch)
Eatonville Dispatch announcing a Operation Bootstrap BBQ to support Robin Hood Day (ca. 1954).
Operation Bootstrap to Sponsor Barbecue on Robin Hood Day
The Operation Bootstrap advisory council met Monday evening at the high school in emergency session and voted to put on the barbecue on Robin Hood Day. Another organization had tentatively agreed to do this job but backed out at the last moment.
In charge of the menu will be Beverly Nevitt. Her tentative menu includes barbecued beef, bread, baked beans, potato sale, dessert and coffee. Mrs. Nevitt asks that people who will bake a pot of bean or make bowl of salad, contact her.
Ed Haarstad will be in charge of the barbecue pit.
The council voted not to have a Bootstrap meeting in August. The next scheduled meeting is July 29 and then there will be no meeting until late September.
Article provided by Dick Logston, and image courtesy of Smith family.
Where the Eatonville Outdoor sits today, on the corner of Center and Mashell, was once the Hearon Jeweler.Both H. L. Hearon and Wayne Hearon served as town councilmen sometime between 1909 and 1954 and H. L. Also served as one of the early town treasurers.
The jewelry shop sold, in addition to jewelry, clocks, glassware, pictures frames, hair combs, silver trays and serving utensils. Zoom in to get a closer look.
First photo courtesy of Rick Parnell and the Parnell family. Second image courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.