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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Willie Boettcher Showing off in Alder (ca. 1915)
July 19, 2012 – 3:54 pm | 14 Comments
Willie Boettcher Showing off in Alder (ca. 1915)

Willie Boettcher showing off a little on the streets of Alder (I previously had posted it was Elbe) in front of the railroad depot. He has at least one fan.
If you look closely, you can see …

Sachs Hill in Elbe (ca. 1915)
May 1, 2012 – 4:21 pm | One Comment
Sachs Hill in Elbe (ca. 1915)

It’s the first of May, the flowers are out of the ground and this picture of Sachs Hill in Elbe seems wildly appropriate.
The picture reads “Lloyd and Serena B. Sachs”, but I notice there is …

Log Bridge to Elbe
April 10, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment
Log Bridge to Elbe

This is the log bridge that went into Elbe when it was literally a SINGLE  LOG.  Look at the supporting log. If you’d like to see another shot of this early bridge, just click HERE.
Photo …

Berlin Avenue in Elbe (ca. 1915)
February 14, 2012 – 5:30 pm | 9 Comments
Berlin Avenue in Elbe (ca. 1915)

This shot of Berlin Ave. was taken in the early 1900s. The building on the far right is under construction, and will soon be a grocery and hardware store. If you look closely you can …

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 …

Suspension Bridge over Mashell
December 16, 2011 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Suspension Bridge over Mashell

I believe this bridge was suspended over the Mashell River.
The next picture is of folks walking across a swinging bridge in Elbe.
I think these may be the same bridge. If anyone has any information on …

Elbe in the early 1920s
December 4, 2011 – 5:47 pm | 8 Comments
Elbe in the early 1920s

This shows Elbe as a booming little town. You can see the Elbe shop tucked between the grocery and the hardware store, as well Adam Sachs’ home up on the hilltop behind.
Mr. Hardy owned the stores. …

Shopping at Elbe in 1896
October 19, 2011 – 10:33 pm | 6 Comments
Shopping at Elbe in 1896

If you were to stop by the store in Elbe on August 12, 1896, here are prices tags you’d be looking at. Of course, the names of some of these items make you wonder what …

Otto Selle talks about coming to Elbe in 1890
September 28, 2011 – 5:35 pm | 4 Comments
Otto Selle talks about coming to Elbe  in 1890

Otto Selle’s small autobiography was published in 1954 in The History of Eastern Pierce County. He talks about Elbe before there ever was an official Elbe.
Coming to Elbe
“Our family was one of the very first …

Elbe Lumber and Shingle Mill 1904
September 12, 2011 – 5:19 pm | 4 Comments
Elbe Lumber and Shingle Mill 1904

This picture looks like a mill that was built yesterday, but the Elbe Lumber and Shingle Mill was built back in 1904 when the Tacoma Eastern Railroad made it all the way up to  Elbe. …