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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Moving from Horse to Case Tractor (ca. 1925)
March 20, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment
Moving from Horse to Case Tractor (ca. 1925)

It was a big transition to move from horse to tractor. Here are pictures of Pete Peterson plowing in Ohop Valley first with his horses, and later with a 1920’s Case tractor.
My grandfather (Louie Mettler …

Peterson Postcard (1919)
March 7, 2012 – 9:00 am | 3 Comments
Peterson Postcard (1919)

This postcard of Torger Peterson’s house in 1916, not long after it was built, was authored by Helen Peterson.
You might think, “Wow, that place must have been famous to have its own postcard,” but it’s …

The Peterson Girls (ca. late 1920s)
March 4, 2012 – 9:00 am | One Comment
The Peterson Girls (ca. late 1920s)

Pictured here is left to right is: (Aunt) Anna, Helen, Alice and Pearl Peterson. The photo was taken with Helen’s new camera outside Torger Peterson’s original home in Ohop Valley. You won’t find the house …

Peter Peterson & Little Linda (ca. 1948)
October 29, 2011 – 9:00 am | 5 Comments
Peter Peterson & Little Linda (ca. 1948)

Great shot of Torger Peterson’s son, Pete, and his granddaughter Linda Lewis.
Pete was the son of Torger Peterson, a pioneer of Ohop Valley. This shot was taken on the family farm. The house and barn …

Anna Peterson & Laura (King) Josselyn
October 28, 2011 – 9:30 am | 2 Comments
Anna Peterson & Laura (King) Josselyn

Girlfriends haven’t changed much over the years. This is Anna Peterson (Torger Peterson’s daughter) and Laura King. They probably had quite a bit in common — they were both from pioneer families, both grew up …

Torger Peterson’s Original Ohop maps
August 11, 2011 – 3:10 pm | No Comment
Torger Peterson’s Original Ohop maps

For those of you who need a quick Torger Peterson 101, he was the man who first settled in Ohop Valley. He wrote a small story about the account in this post.
I got a chance …

Ohop Valley — early 1900s
June 24, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Ohop Valley — early 1900s

When you hear about Ohop Valley, you probably think of the Pioneer Farm or the Nisqually Land Trust, where they are doing a lot of restoration work on the creek.
Up until the 1980s through, the …

Post Card to Peterson 1909
May 8, 2011 – 3:56 pm | 6 Comments
Post Card to Peterson 1909

Torger Peterson’s family kept with with folks through postcards and letters. (As did everyone then, since there was no internet and phones were spotty at best.)
This is a fun postcard from Mineral. I’ll have to …

Toger Peterson — A Race to Settle Ohop Valley
April 15, 2011 – 6:14 pm | 9 Comments
Toger Peterson — A Race to Settle Ohop Valley

Below are the words of Toger Peterson — an Ohop Valley settler and an early County Commissioner.
He wrote this around 1925, and speaks about the race to settle Ohop Valley as well as work …

Torger Peterson Finds Ohop Valley and Builds a Road to Rainier
April 8, 2011 – 5:09 pm | 27 Comments
Torger Peterson Finds Ohop Valley and Builds a Road to Rainier

The following is one of two memoires written by Torger Perterson (courtesy of Gary Hendrickson). Torger was an original settler of Ohop Valley and tells here how he came, settled and worked to get a …