Center Street

Malcolm’s Shop-Rite Tokens

Malcom's Shop-Rite Token
Malcom’s Shop-Rite Token

Remember Malcom’s Shop-Rite (now the home of the Medical Billing Center). Here are some tokens from when it was a busy grocery. As you can see, they were foot for 1 cent, on up to 50 cents.

For those that would like to know more about the store and the Malcom family history, just click HERE.

Photos courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Malcom's Shop-Rite Token - back
Malcom’s Shop-Rite Token – back
Center St ca 1975
Center Street, ca 1975

A Look Down Center Street (ca. 1950s)

View Down Center Street
View Down Center Street

This image comes straight from the Eatonville History Facebook page and was posted by Josie Johnston: “This is looking down Center towards Mashell if you were standing in the street near modern day Community Center.”

Ryan Ward adds, “This photo looks like it was taken at the intersection of Center St. and Pennsylvania looking east.” And Nathan Hale agrees.

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State Patrol in Eatonville (1958)

State Patrol and the Red and White
State Patrol and the Red and White 1958

I’m not sure what the incident was, but the State Patrol was parked on Center Street, on a sunny day in 1958.

What’s more interesting than the car are the buildings. In this first image you can see the Red & White store next to the brick building that is now Kirk’s Pharmacy.

In the second image, a Mobile station  (Christensen’s Motors) stands where the vacant Sears building sits.

Photos courtesy of the the Baublits family and taken by Joe Larin.

State Patrol on Center Street, 1958 and Mobile Station
State Patrol on Center Street, 1958 and Mobile Station

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Eatonville Bank, 1964 . . . Take a Look at those Signs

Eatonville Bank 1964
Eatonville Bank 1964

These shots of the Eatonville Bank are interesting, not just because they were taken in 1964, and things haven’t changed all that much, but because also of the sign out front.

Listed are the following if you continued on Center Street:
19 National
14 Elbe
32 Tacoma
2 Mountain Highway

If you were going to continue on Mashell:
LaGrande
8 Alder
15 Elbe
20 National
22 Ashford
30 Morton
White Pass

Eatonville Bank (2) 1964
Eatonville Bank (2) 1964

29 Rainier National Park, Via Scenic Route
5 Clay City
10 Kapowsin
25 Puyallup
52 Seattle
17 Yelm
30 Tacoma

Gary Hendrickson said he used to live in the arpartment over the bank, and it looks from this shot that there was still an apartment.

If you want to read more about the bank—and the robberies—click HERE.

Photos courtesy of the Baublits family, taken by Joe Larin.

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Long Logs coming through Eatonville, 1960

Long Logs, March 1960
Long Logs, March 1960

This load of logs came down Mashell Ave. in March, 1960. In fact, the truck is stopped at the corner of Center Street and Mashell.

I can’t tell by the image what logging outfit this was. If you have some information, please share.

There has always been a need for straight, long logs, which are used for masts for sailboats, and the like. In fact, there is still a mill in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, that mills these logs for boats and flag poles. Hollywood hired the mill not long ago to create the masts for Pirates of the the Caribbean.

Photo courtesy of the Baublits family, and taken by Joe Larin. 

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Building of the ShopRite (aka The Medical Billing Center) 1962

Keith Malcom's Building 1962
Keith Malcom’s Building 1962

Yes, you know it today as the Medical Billing Center, but in 1962 Keith Malcolm was building a new store. It would be a ShopRite and service the community for many years.

Keith Malcolm would do various promotions, which included things like bring JP Patches to town. I was a devoted Patches Pal and came to see him. Even got to dance with him. Do remember JP being a little scarier up close than he was on television.

Photo courtesy of the Baublits family and taken by Joe Larin.

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ShopRite on Center
ShopRite on Center

Previous Home on Center Street

House previously where Dawkin's home is now, was torn down so Mori could build present home
House previously where Dawkin’s home is now, was torn down so Mori could build present home

I don’t know a lot about this picture. It came with the following info: “House previously where Mardora Dawkin’s home is now. Was torn down to Mori could build the present home.”

The Dawkins home is on Center Street, next to the current Eatonville Family Agency. What’s interesting in the photo is what looks like a small mill behind and to the right of the home.

If you have any information on this photo, please share.

Courtesy of Historical society.

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1923 Calendar from Christensen’s Dept. Store

1923 Calendar from Christensen's Dept. Store
1923 Calendar from Christensen’s Dept. Store

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.”

Center Street around 1926
Center Street around 1926

Image courtesy of Diane Mettler

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Logging Accident in Eatonville (ca. 1940s)

Logging truck accident - 1940s
Logging truck accident – 1940s

These pictures come straight from the Eatonville History Facebook group. This accident took place at the intersection of Washington Ave. and Center St., in the 1940s. Hope no one was in the vehicle.

Even though logging is safer than it was in the past, Forbes reported in 2013 that it was still first on American’s 10 Deadliest Jobs list.

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Logging truck accident, Center St. & Washington (ca. 1940s)
Logging truck accident, Center St. & Washington (ca. 1940s)

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