Barney’s Matchbook Cover
September 22, 2016 – 12:07 am | 3 Comments

Locals know Barney’s Corner as a gas station, but early on it was much, much more.
I believe this matchbook cover comes from around the 1940s. Back then there was food and dance.
Barney was Keith Malcom’s brother …

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Swan Lake School III (1901)
July 31, 2012 – 9:06 pm | No Comment
Swan Lake School III (1901)

Dispatch article that ran July 22, 1954.
It reads: The third Swan Lake schoolhouse on the day of school let out in 1901 is seen with parents and children gathered there for hte occasion.
Fourth row: Mrs. …

Eatonville Lumber Company facts
April 26, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Eatonville Lumber Company facts

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 …

Robin Hood Days (1954)
March 8, 2012 – 9:00 am | 12 Comments
Robin Hood Days (1954)

Robin Hood Days
When the Eatonville mill closed its doors in the 1950s, people worried that the town might not survive. Operation Bootstrap began — a community effort to keep the doors open. One of many …

Robin Hood Days & Cedar Shakes (1954)
February 27, 2012 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Robin Hood Days & Cedar Shakes (1954)

Pictured is the O.E. Haynes & Son truck, which took part in the Robin Hood Days parade. The sign on the back reads “Hand Split Cedar Shakes”and there is paper archery target on the cab …

Robin Hood Day parade (ca. 1955)
February 4, 2012 – 9:00 am | 4 Comments
Robin Hood Day parade (ca. 1955)

One of many thing things that came out of Operation Bootstrap — a community effort to keep the town going — was Robin Hood Days.
The idea was to build the community into “a state archery …

Operation Bootstrap
January 29, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Operation Bootstrap

In 1953 it was obvious Eatonville’s lumber mill, the town’s main industry, was shutting down. Hundreds of people had already left and residents were depressed and worried about the town’s survival.
No one wanted to see …

Kids get into Operation Bootstrap
January 28, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Kids get into Operation Bootstrap

This photo and caption on Bootstrap Juniors appeared in the April 17, 1954 issue of the Seattle Times.
Operation Bootstrap — a movement to improve the Eatonville community — appeared in t
“Miss Margit Thorvaldson looked on …

Katie & Anne Christensen (ca. 1902)
January 4, 2012 – 9:06 am | One Comment
Katie & Anne Christensen (ca. 1902)

Katie and Anne Christensen (born 1890 and 1892 respectively) were daughters of N.P. (Pete) Christensen — the same man who brought the telephone company to town in 1912.
Anne Christensen Haynes was the first switchboard operator. …

Aerial of Eatonville – 1954
August 30, 2011 – 3:45 pm | 11 Comments
Aerial of Eatonville – 1954

It’s a snapshot of Eatonville in 1954 — not much in the way of housing developments and the mill is in operation at the end of town.
The school is the centerpiece and there is open …

Phones Come to Eatonville
June 16, 2011 – 9:00 am | 6 Comments
Phones Come to Eatonville

With a cell phone in every pocket and purse, it’s hard to imagine that there was time when phones were rare.
In fact, in 1912 there were only 30 phones in Eatonville and it cost $1.50 …