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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Early Loggers
November 14, 2012 – 9:59 pm | No Comment
Early Loggers

This pictures ran in a 1989 edition of the Dispatch. The caption reads:
Logging quickly became the main industry in the area, supporting a number of mills in Eatonville, Alder, Elbe, Ashford, National and many other …

In the Shadow of Mount Rainier (1971)
September 14, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
In the Shadow of Mount Rainier (1971)

This press shot was taken for a newspaper story in 1971 and captures how Mountain Rainier towers over the town.
Lots of people have asked me, “Aren’t you afraid to live so close to an active …

Above Eatonville in 1946 & 2012
September 13, 2012 – 12:44 am | No Comment
Above Eatonville in 1946 & 2012

Check this out — Eatonville on September 1, 1946. And compare it against this shot taken in August 2010, by Bob Walter when he was up with Steve Van Cleve flying around.
It’s not exactly the …

Eatonville’s Pioneer Hotel 1890s
July 8, 2012 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Eatonville’s Pioneer Hotel 1890s

I’ve wondered what draws people to hardship. This picture shows the Pioneer Hotel and what Eatonville looked liked in the 1890s. These people came here to start farms and build a town. Sounds good, but …

Eatonville’s 4th of July – 100 years ago
July 4, 2012 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Eatonville’s 4th of July – 100 years ago

Eatonville has been having a 4th of July parade for as long as there as there’s been an Eatonville. Here is 4th of July when the town was young, Mashell Ave. was still a dirt …

Win a Bike in 1936 for Selling Subscriptions to the Dispatch
June 26, 2012 – 4:14 pm | 5 Comments
Win a Bike in 1936 for Selling Subscriptions to the Dispatch

In 1936 kids were selling subscriptions to the Eatonville Dispatch in hopes of winning a bike.  The little guy pictured is my uncle, George Van Cleve, who would later run Van Cleve Motors. Unfortunately, he …

Eatonville and Indian Legends of Mount Rainer
June 18, 2012 – 5:19 pm | 4 Comments
Eatonville and Indian Legends of Mount Rainer

This early shot of Eatonville shows a big of the downtown with Mount Rainier in the background.
Native American Legends
Native Americans saw mountains and male or female. It turns out that depending on the legend, Mount …

Universal Motors
May 21, 2012 – 9:00 am | 3 Comments
Universal Motors

As soon as there were automobiles, Eatonville welcomed them. Here’s a shot of the Universal Motor Company that sold Fords. You can barely see the cars inside, but you can easily see the top-of-the-line tires …

Logging in the Early Days (Pictorial)
May 20, 2012 – 4:10 pm | 4 Comments
Logging in the Early Days (Pictorial)

The logging business was what got Eatonville up and running. Here are five fabulous shots of logging in the early days and the use of the steam donkey. It looks primitive today, but it was …

Postcard from Mountain Rainier (1908)
May 3, 2012 – 4:20 pm | One Comment
Postcard from Mountain Rainier (1908)

This time of year, with all the rain, it’s rare to get a glimpse of Mount Rainier. So here’s a glimpse a 100 years back. This postcard was sent to Anna Peterson from Ashford in …