A look at Eatonville, 1957

Eatonville Lumber Co. ca 1957
Eatonville Lumber Co. — 1950s (photo courtesy Pat VanEaton)

These two pictures were taken in the 1950s.

The first is of the Eatonville Lumber company. It closed February 1954. On December 2, 1953, the following statement was published:

“Announcement was made today by G.E. Karlin, representing ownership of the Eatonville Lumber Company, that the concern had been sold by the present owners to a new corporation known as Eatonville Lumber Company, Inc., the president of, which is D. (Doug) A. Gonyea,”

In a personal interview Mr. Karlin stated:  “It had been generally known for a long time that the moment would inevitably arrive when the timber owned by and available to the Eatonville mill would be exhausted and the plant would of necessity shut down. We have for several years past operated as best we could with a constantly diminishing supply of timber and have augmented that supply through every possible available source.

In other words, we have simply run the string out, operating as long as we could carry on, and the time has now arrived when we feel this is no longer possible.  We have therefore effected the sale reported above and Mr. Gonyea and his new company will carry on from here.

The second picture was taken, looking down Center Street.

Center Street, ca 1957
Center Street, ca 1957 (photo courtesy Pat VanEaton)

2 responses to “A look at Eatonville, 1957”

  1. This picture of Center street shows at the very end where it runs into Mashell ave, what was Christensen Motors. In 1959, my dad, Jim Beane, bought it and changed it to Mashell Motors.He built a new building in 1964-65 on the corner of Center an Washington. Christensen then changed the old building into a large dept store.

    The old fire station(with the bell tower) was were I used to pick up the newspapers for my TNT paper route. I used to go inside the fire station to warm up on those very cold winter days!!

    Thanks for such memorable pictures !!


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