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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Ohop Bob and Ohop Valley (ca. 1914)
October 14, 2015 – 11:54 pm | No Comment
Ohop Bob and Ohop Valley (ca. 1914)

Ohop Bob was built in 1914 by the Tacoma Auto Club. It was operating as a restaurant, serving a wonderful chicken dinner, until the early 1960s.
These two postcards are an early look at the building …

Pete Peterson’s Children (ca. 1917)
August 28, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Pete Peterson’s Children (ca. 1917)

Meet Pete Peterson‘s children . . . and Torger Peterson’s grandchildren.
“On the top (the oldest) is Theodore Peterson. Helen Peterson is on his right and Carleton Peterson is on his left. Pearl Peterson is the girl …

Torger Wants a Road to Mount Rainier
June 2, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Torger Wants a Road to Mount Rainier

Torger Peterson, a pioneer from Norway, came to Ohop Valley in 1887. He built a farm, but road building may have been a bigger passion. These are the words from his autobiography.
“After we had cleared …

Date Night (1940s)
November 13, 2013 – 3:37 am | 2 Comments
Date Night (1940s)

Posing here outside the Torger Peterson home is Heddy Olden, Alice Peterson, Norm Olden, and Carl Peterson.
Photo courtesy of Linda Lewis.
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Little Girls (ca. 1950)
October 2, 2013 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Little Girls (ca. 1950)

Sandy Seaman Rash (deceased) at her parent’s house in the 35th and K Street area of Tacoma at Easter along with Linda Lewis (right). They two look practically like twins as they carefully carry their Easter …

Out on the Lawn at Peterson’s Place (1946)
August 21, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment
Out on the Lawn at Peterson’s Place (1946)

Parents have been lining up their kids and taking pictures  since the dawn of the camera. Here’s a shot taken outside the originalTorger Peterson’s place around 1946.
Front, left to right: Linda Lewis, Sandy Seaman, Elaine …

Canyon Road Construction – Torger Peterson and LOTS more
July 4, 2013 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Canyon Road Construction – Torger Peterson and LOTS more

The Canyon Road (a piece of Highway 7) was quite an operation — basically chiseled (or should I say blown away with dynamite) from a cliff wall.
In the center is Ohop Valley pioneer, Torger Peterson, …

Torger Peterson’s Farm (ca. 1920)
April 8, 2013 – 11:00 pm | One Comment
Torger Peterson’s Farm (ca. 1920)

 
Torger Peterson was one of the first pioneers of Ohop Valley and was instrumental in the building of the Canyon Road.
Here’s a shot of his farm in Ohop Valley. The farm house has since burned …

The Farmer’s Mutual Insurance Company, 1906
June 25, 2012 – 4:23 pm | No Comment
The Farmer’s Mutual Insurance Company, 1906

 
Torger Peterson purchased membership to The Farmer’s Mutual Insurance Company in 1906 for $2.00 (around $50 today).
Here’s a brief bit of the company’s history, which is still going strong today:
“In 1898 a group of Enumclaw, …

Torger Peterson’s Road Poll Tax – 1899
April 10, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Torger Peterson’s Road Poll Tax – 1899

It appears Torger Peterson paid his 1899 Road Poll Tax of $4.00 versus working on the roads.
In 1899 every male 21 years or older had to pay the road poll tax or pay by labor …