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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Nellie and Kate Appleby
December 27, 2012 – 6:35 pm | No Comment
Nellie and Kate Appleby

Nellie Appleby, born in Chautaugua County, Kansas, had no idea when this picture was taken that she would eventually marry a man named T. C. Van Eaton. She would be his third wife and they …

Van Eaton Log Cabin School and Girls (1971)
September 4, 2012 – 4:10 pm | No Comment
Van Eaton Log Cabin School and Girls (1971)

This photo of Eatonville’s log cabin school, along with the snippet of article, appeared in a publication in 1971, although I’m not sure which one. The girls in the photo are Andrea Tardiff, Diane Henley, …

Day in the Dispatch – Feb. 9, 1927
August 7, 2012 – 9:23 pm | One Comment
Day in the Dispatch – Feb. 9, 1927

This snippet from the Eatonville Dispatch, February 9, 1927, gives you a feeling for the everyday goings on in the town the. Some things harken back to a simpler time, when who visited was a …

Gunnar Halvarsen and other Eatonville War Vets
May 29, 2012 – 9:29 pm | No Comment
Gunnar Halvarsen and other Eatonville War Vets

On September 12, 1912, Eatonville threw a “Welcome Home” parade for the service men who had returned. “Thirty-three of them fell into line at the upper end of Mashell Avenue at the command of J. …

Williams and Van Eatons Picnic (early 1900s)
November 29, 2011 – 8:59 pm | 2 Comments
Williams and Van Eatons Picnic (early 1900s)

Looks like the Williams and Van Eatons were having a picnic back in the early 1900s.
Pictured are:
• Man to the left against the fence is Charlie Williams and his son Ray.
• Girl holding the watermelon …

Eatonville Theater (1917)
November 14, 2011 – 11:26 pm | One Comment
Eatonville Theater (1917)

The first theater was built by Frank Van Eaton in 1917 (I’ve also heard 1915). The building still stands on Mashell Ave., across from the visitor’s center. However, the “boardwalk” has been long since replaced …

Eatonville theater — from Silent films to Star Wars
November 3, 2011 – 9:00 am | 6 Comments
Eatonville theater — from Silent films to Star Wars

In 1892, Angelo Pecchia was born a farmer’s son in Italy. No one could have guessed he’d open theaters in the United States — especially since the first motion picture camera was yet to be invented.
Coming …

Band on the Back of a Bull – 1909
August 9, 2011 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
Band on the Back of a Bull – 1909

This article article ran in the 50th Anniversary edition of the Dispatch. And you gotta love the name of the bull — General Funston.
The article reads:
Young people of pioneer families in Eatonville around 1909 knew …

Civilian Conservation Corps at Rainier
May 15, 2011 – 2:26 pm | 5 Comments
Civilian Conservation Corps at Rainier

The Great Depression was a hard time for families and from 1933 to 1942 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) offered some relief.
Wikipedia states: It was a public work relief program for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families, ages …

TC Van Eaton Home — built 1898
March 28, 2011 – 3:48 am | 18 Comments
TC Van Eaton Home — built 1898

Pictured is the home built by T.C. Van Eaton in 1898, located on Rainier Street.
It was built after there were sawmills nearby for lumber and was the height of architecture in its day and the finest …