St. Paul – Tacoma Lumber Co. – Kapowsin Logging (ca. 1920s)

Crew and steam donkey.

These are great shots taken in Kapowsin, and some by Kinsey, the professional photographer of the time, who went around a captured the Northwest logging era.

The first picture shows the crew, as well as a steam donkey off to the left. The second shot shows one of the men working through a large tree with a handsaw. (My shoulders get sore just looking at this picture.) If you look at the third picture you can see the logging camp nestled down there.

Working hard on a large tree in Kapowsin.

St. Paul and the Tacoma Lumber Company were big players at the time.

Want to thank Sandra Wood for sharing these great shots. There are more to come. Her dad had kept them over the years and she is sharing them with us now.

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St. Paul camp
St. Paul camp


Kapowsin High School 1928 Football Team

1928 Kapowsin Football Team
1928 Kapowsin Football Team

This 1928 article covered the first Kapowsin High School football team:

1 W. Bergt
2 L. Wiklund
3 McGee
4 Ed Erickson
5 Woodring
6 Command
7 Stanke
8 Nelson
9 Tibbitts
10 Hopkins
11 Wiklund
12 Wood
13 Zack, Mgr.
14 Bowers
15 Schuh
16 Miller
17 Harrison

18 Sumner Res. . . . . 0
12 Roy . . . . . . . . . . . 12
20 Buckley Res. . . . . 0
38 Gig Harbor . . . . . 14
20 Orting . . . . . . . . .  0
1 Fife . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
14 Vaughn . . . . . . . .  0

Foot ball was played for the first time at Kapowsin, and the eleven was coached by John Bigley (Washington). The first game even played in Kapowsin was with the Sumner Reserves and Kapowsin won, 18-0. Kapowsin won the Class B championship of Pierce County by winning four league games and accepting a forfeit from Fife.

If you’d like to own this article, the original is for sale on on ebay.com, just search Kapowsin. 

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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:
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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Map of Eatonville Area in 1897

1897 Map - Eatonville area
1897 Map – Eatonville area

These wonderful maps of the area, including this first one created in 1897, come to us via Abbi Write Wonacott. There are a few names here you don’t hear any more, like Glennis, Hollandale and Leber. You might also notice Kapowsin has a different spelling.

Abbi Wright says, “Kipowsin was the word for slow water.”

Mary Schactler, who lives on the original Campbell homestead, says the map was drawn up, “When Campbell Lane was the old road to Eatonville (through sections 9 and 10).”

Enjoy taking a closer look!

Kipowsin Lake
Kipowsin Lake

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Electron Powerplant Near Kapowsin (1925)

Kapowsin postcard
Kapowsin postcard

It’s amazing what you can find on ebay, like this postcard of an electric power plant near Kapowsin. 

This particular powerhouse, I believe, was the Electron powerhouse, which went into operation June 26, 1904.

The “The two-story building, (right) was a residence and clubhouse. The machine shop is in the foreground.” (In the Shadow of the Mountain)

For loads of information about this plant and information about Kapowsin, definitely check out Andy Anderson’s book In the Shadow of the Mountain.

Back of Kapowsin postcard
Back of Kapowsin postcard

Images courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Kissing in Kapowsin (ca. 1918)

Early 1900 Kapowsin postcard (front)
Early 1900 Kapowsin postcard (front)

Here’s a postcard from Leo out of Kapowsin from the early 1900’s (based on the dress) and the age of the card.

The first post office in Kapowsin was called Kapousen, which was open from 1890 to 1899.

The City of Tacoma coveted Kapowsin Lake as a municipal water supply and acquired considerable land about it, thus forcing the mills to quit, which “murdered” the little town of Kapowsin. Enough was left to to sustain a fourth class post office. (Postmarked Washington Pierce County)

Image courtesy of Diane Mettler.

Early 1900 Kapowsin postcard (back)
Early 1900 Kapowsin postcard (back)

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The Dr. Bridge Clinics and Hospitals (1910-1930)

Dentist David Cook, third from the right, in front of the Bridge Hospital in Eatonville
Dentist David Cook, third from the right, in front of the Bridge Hospital in Eatonville

This excerpt is taken from a Dr. A. W. Bridge biography, written by Karen Swanson. She collected information about Dr. Bridge from many of the “old timers” of Eatonville, Wash.

Clinics and Hospitals
In National it was called the Bridge Clinic. Dr. Smith would take care of all of the first aid cases he could connected with the mill or anything else. When things came to a point where he couldn’t handle them, he’d send for Dr. Bridge. Especially in hospital cases, since Dr. Bridge handed the contract cases. He had doctors and clinics also in Kapowsin, Mineral, Ashford and Morton. In 1926, he also opened the Bridge Clinic in Tacoma specializing in surgery. Later, he expanded to Seattle and Raymond.
A nurse, Mary Bridge and her son Dr. Bridge in clinic across from High School
A nurse, Mary Bridge and her son Dr. Bridge in clinic across from High School

Then in 1930, he moved his headquarters to Tacoma. He maintained a doctor in Eatonville, but closed the hospital there as the good roads and ambulance services made it practical for the people of his hometown community to use the Bridge Hospital in Tacoma.

Doctors in charge of the Eatonville offices after Dr. Bridge left were in turn: Dr. Wiseman, Dr. I. J. Glovatsky, Dr. G. A. Delaney, (note, names were hard to read and I may not have them entirely correct) and finally Dr. Nevitt who took over the practice when Dr. Bridge died and built a handsome clinic in Eatonville of his own.  The hospital between Raymond and South Bend was called the River View Hospital. There was also a clinic in Selleck. Others were in Bremerton, Rainier, Olympia, Castle Rock and Puyallup. With Dr. Bridge starting all of these clinics, needless to say, Eatonville became kind of a medical center for southern Pierce County. Of course, there was the Eatonville Clinic above the drug store.
A. W. Bridge X-ray facility
A. W. Bridge X-ray facility

Dr. Brdige sent his patients to the Eatonville Hospital, and later when he built the hospital in Tacoma, that’s where they went. Then he had a section in St. Joseph’s Hospital, before he built his own clinic. Then when he wanted to build his own clinic, he had a terrible time trying to raise funds for it. First there would would be one organization that would be a group of Catholics, then there would be another organization interested in St. Joseph’s or Tacoma General Hospital. Finally, one of his best friends, Tom Galbraith gave him a boost. They were going to build the Medical Arts Building in Tacoma and they wanted Dr. Bridge to go in there, but he wanted a certain amount of floor space. For the amount of money he would have to spend, he decided he could build his own building.

Another problem that he ad was that there were lots of people interested in the Medical Arts Building. He did have a hospital between Raymond and South Bend, the Riverview Hospital. He bought it (unclear next three words) after he built the Bridge clinic in Tacoma. Martin Killian could remember taking an old broken (?) down walk-in refrigerator down there and setting it up in the basement. Later, Dr. Bridge moved to Tacoma and had his offices in the Fidelity Building.
The Fidelity Trust Building, located at 949-55 Broadway, was built in 1890 and demolished in 1949.
The Fidelity Trust Building, located at 949-55 Broadway, was built in 1890 and demolished in 1949.

T. C. Van Eaton owned a building on the corner, but for some reason, Dr. Bridge couldn’t buy that. You see, he wanted to be on a street corner because he was very conscious of fire. What he wanted was where there would be a vacant lot on one side and on the other side he would put up a big tin wall in back of the hospital. He put fire-proof doors on the windows on the south side. Again I stress, he was very conscious of fire. Sander Hutchinson was Dr. Bridge’s business manager in the days when he was expanding. He wasn’t a lawyer, but he was described as being a dar good promotor.

Eatonville Elcos — Tacoma City Basketball League (1935)

Bill Smith, coach and referee
Bill Smith, coach and referee

Bill Smith was coach and manager of the Eatonvile Elcos (Eatonville Lumber Co.) in the TAcoma Basketball League 1935-36. He also referred for 25 years.

(The center article reads)

The Hoop Looper Roster is Filled
The Eatonville Lumber Company basketball team, a strong aggregation made up primarily of former Eatonville High  stars, was voted the one remaining franchise in the Tacoma City Basketball League, Monday evening at a meeting of directors at the Y.M.C.A.

Several applicants had been after the sixth berth, but the directors felt that the Eatonville team would be the strongest possible choice. The out-of-town aggregation will play half of the games on its home floor, entertaining another City League club each Monday and traveling to Lincoln High each Thursday night.

The newest addition to the circuit will appear here on the two opening Mondays, be thereafter will play at home in the initial games each weeks. The league opening is scheduled for Monday evening, November 18. Other teams entered are Totem Stores, Cammarano Brothers, American Lake Dairy, Alt Heidelbergs and Whetstones.

Walt Crosetto, former Eatonville and Kapowsin High star; “Chuck” Dosskey, former Lincoln High athlete; Daly, a newcomer; Orville Smith, Ray Dunigan, Ray Hiatt, Pete Peterson, Dino Mattoni, Hughey Ward, and Graydon Smith, all from Eatonville High, and “Chuck” Rasmussen, former Stadium and Pacific Lutheran College star, are members of the squad from which Manager Bill Smith will pick his team.

All teams in the circuit have opened their practice sessions already. Cammarano Brothers and Totem Stores drilled last night, while the Alt Heidelbergs have booked a session for 7:30 o’clock, this evening, at the Bellarmine floor.

Images courtesy of the Smith family.

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Boats and Cabins at Kapowsin (ca. 1920s)

Kapowsin-Paradise boats and cabins
Kapowsin-Paradise boats and cabins

This wonderful shot of an older man, dog and boy comes to us from the Olde Towne Kapowsin Facebook page.

The sign reads: Kapowsin-Paradise, 300 ft., J. Shea, Boats -Cabins

If anyone has any information you can shed on this image, or J. Shea, please let me know.

Photo courtesy of  Jessica Portenier.

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