This shot of Eatonville was taken around the 1955, I believe in conjunction with Operation Bootstrap. If anyone has a better date, please let me know.
The picture may be grainy, but there’s no question that it’s Eatonville. The high school and the football field — which looks like it used more for baseball — stand out at the bottom.
I had thought that the dark-roofed building at the top left of the football field was the FFA poultry barn. I was mistaken. Pat Van Eaton says, “It was the 1952 addition to the grade school. It had rooms for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. The school lunchroom was in the basement. It was a California design with a “flat” roof that drained toward the center and had massive single pane windows for the class rooms. We’re lucky it go demo’d”
Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton and the Eatonville Historical Society.
Here is a peak inside the Eatonville Lumber Company store around 1942. If you look closely you can see a crack in the glass case, which looks like it’s full of Coke bottles. Pat Van Eaton says as a little kid he was always worried that if he touched that cracked case it would shatter.
As you can see, there was a little bit of everything for sale here, including dry goods.
University of Washington Collection This picture is part of the University of Washington’s special collection and you can click HERE if you’d like to order a reproduction or one of their other Eatonville images.
What’s interesting about this 1908 shot of the Eatonville Lumber Company is the burner. Most times the shots are of a domed burner (aka wigwam burner), which was built in 1932 after the 1st mill burned down.
The mill is brand new in the picture, built in 1907. No sooner was it up and running, there were financial difficulties and new management was needed. The Bank of Californiahired T. S. Galbraithto operate the mill. He came to Eatonville in the fall of 1909 and his family moved up the following year.
Galbraith would go on to play a major roll in the town for years to follow.
The following was taken from the History of Pierce County, Volume 3, published in 1927 by William Bonny.
Among the sterling old pioneers who contributed their full quota of clearing and developing this section of the state was one named Robert Fiander, a resident of this country since 1874.
Robert was born in Dorsetshire England, September 30, 1847, a son of Robert and Emma (Chaffey) Fiander. Both of whom died in their native land. (Robert Sr. was engaged in freighting.)
Robert Fiander received limited education in the public schools of his home neighborhood and then was employed in public work in England and Scotland until 1871 when he came to the United States.
For a short time he lived in New Jersey and Iowa and in 1872 came to Pierce County, Washington. Later he went to Thurston County for about two years lived with a brother Richard Fiander, who had come to Washington in 1851 with the Hudson Bay Company.
In 1874 Mr. Fiander filed a homestead claim on Section 14, township 16, range 3 at Swan Lake, Pierce County, being the first settler in that part of the county.
The land was covered with timber and brush and during the first years of his residence here, Mr. Fiander was compelled to pack in his provisions and supplies from a distance fourteen miles away. However, his larder was well supplied with meat, the county having an abundance of wild game and birds, as well as salmon.
There wer also dangerous wild animals, which made it necessary to be constantly on guard. Mr. Fiander had a number of thrilling and unpleasant experiences in those days. One of which was a hand to hand flight with a large cougar, which he did not conquer until after a long and severe struggle.
After entering his land, Mr. Fiander built a small log house and then began the task of clearing and draining the land, which entailed a vast amount of the hardest sort of work.
Eventually, he created a good farm and ran stock cattle on it until 1912, also devoing considerable attention to raising draft horses until the advent of the automboile. He then turned his attention to dairy farming, keeping about 18 cows, and met with success, except for about three years when he leased the farm.
He resided there continually until 1922, when he sold the place and lived in Eastern Washington for a few years. The he made his home with a duaghter in Eatonville Washignton until his death.
Mr. Fiander was twice married, first in 1871 to Jennie, and Indian girl. She died in 1880 and in 1884 Mr. Fiander was married to Catherine Dean, a native of Pierce County and a daughter of Aubrey and Rosie Dean.
Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton and Debbie and Gary Saint.
Eatonville was really starting to take off in 1912. Here is a list (per History of Southeastern Pierce County) of businesses that advertised in the Inter-Mountain Journal in December, 1912:
• Nelson-Benson real estate and insurance
• Hotel Snow
• T.C. Van Eaton, real estate
• Anderson and Wise, Mashell Bar and Cafe
• Sun’s Rays Bakery
• C. A. Nettleton, meat market
• G. B. Ingersoll
• Kipper’s Grocery
• Howard and Benston, private bankers (paying 4 percent on deposits)
• Columbia Cafe, Less Wadell, proprietor
• J. J. Cunns, selling men’s clothing and also proprietor of the Marshall Barber Shop
• Benston Merchantile Co.
• Lumbermans Hospital and Dispensary, Dr. A. W. Bridge, M.D.
• C. H. Williams, dealer in gasoline lighting system
• A. Y. Lindsey Co., groceries and men’s furnishings
• R. Marti, Depot Hotel
• Joseph Hearn, jeweler
• R. Potter, plumber
• A. E. Dye, telephone service
• Dr. W. H. Marsh, dentist
• Fredricksen and Skewis, confectionery, tobaccos and billiard
• E. A. Williams, confectionery
This picture has a little wear and tear, but it’s one of my favorites of Center Street, taken around 1926. You can clearly see Christensen’s Clothing (now the Sears building), and kitty corner from it is the Eatonville Bank.
Some of the hot topics in Eatonville that year were:
• The paving of Mountain Road (known now as Highway 7). It was paved except through the Nisqually Canyonand Ashford celebrated with a dance in September.
• Clay company reopens. The Far West Clay Co. of Clay City got started up under new management after having been out of operation for a four years.
• Friendly Inn. The inn was remodeled and reopened. Little did they know it would become the scene of an unsolved two years later.
• Bootleggers Sermons. Rev. C. L. Walker of the Community Methodist Churchpreached a series of sermons on about liquor, including: “Pure Moonshine, Or How Will you Have Your Poison?” and “The Failure of Prohibition — can a man be Patriotic and still break the laws he does not like?”
The only saving grace was that Eatonville did have medical facilities. This picture was taken in 1920 outside the hospital (now a residence on the corner across from the Eatonville High School). Dr. A. W. Bridge, I believe is the man on the far left.
Photo courtesy of Hendrickson Family and Abbi Wonacott.