First Eatonville Graduate

Ed Christensen, 1st Eatonville Grad, 1914
Ed Christensen, 1st Eatonville Grad, 1914

The first Eatonville High School graduate was Ed Christensen. The photo says he graduated in 1914 — the same year the first red-green traffic light was used and Edgar Rice Burroughs published Tarzan of the Apes.

Ed Christensen would go on to fight in WW1.

On September 12, 1919 Eatonville gave a “Welcome Home” for the men who had returned from service.

Ed was one of the 33 men who “fell into line at the upper end of Mashell Avenue at the command of J. H. Cosper, formerly First Lieutenant of the 7th Infantry, and Red Men’s Hall. A Welcome Home address was given by T. C. Van Eaton after an introduction by Mayor Bridge. R. A. Canty, fomerly of the stated at Camp Lewis, gave the response.”  (History of South Eastern Pierce County.)

Just two year later, in June of 1921, Ed would die tragically from electrocution while repairing a motor at Camp Lewis.

Photo Courtesy of the Haynes family.

Ed Christensen, First Eatonville Graduate
Ed Christensen, First Eatonville Graduate

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2 thoughts on “First Eatonville Graduate”

  1. There were two graduates that year the other was Susan Van Eaton my aunt. They refused to be photographed together they thought it would look like they were married.

    1. That’s hilarious. 🙂 I think I have a picture of Susan Van Eaton and I’ll make a post for her as well. They can be separate, even on the blog. 🙂

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