Eatonville Lumber Co. & Xray machines

Eatonville Lumber Co.
Eatonville Lumber Co.

In 1911, Dr. A. W. Bridge was concerned about keeping the logging community in one piece. He needed electricity to run his X-ray machines, and worked with the Eatonville Lumber Company to come up with a solution.

In November, he asked permission to “string wire from the mill to the drug store and hospital for the transmission of electricity for light and to operate X-ray machines.”

In February 1912 his request was granted.  “Three lights could be dropped from wires owned by Dr. Bridge at a cost of $5.00 each ($110 today) and the Eatonville Lumber Company would supply electrictiy free of charge.”

Extra lights along Groe Street to Mashell Ave. would cost $45.00 more ($1,025 in today’s dollars). The town must have been anxious to move from kerosene lamps to electricity. Eatonville decided to install the street lights as well as one in front of the drug store. (History of Southeastern Pierce County)

Photo Courtesy of Haynes family.

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6 thoughts on “Eatonville Lumber Co. & Xray machines”

  1. This must be a very early picture of the mill beacuse I can’t find the burner. It looks like they’re burning the waste in a open pit

  2. My grandfather, William Lemke the first, worked at the Eatonville Lumber Mill and died in an accident in the mill on the belt in 1939.

    My dad, William the second, graduated from EHS in 1927. My mother, Nora Asplund also graduated from EHS in 1927 and was the MAY QUEEN of that year.

    I wish that I could get info regarding my grandfathers accident from the history of the mill etc…

    1. Thank you for the info. Let me check into the accident. Not that you mention it, I think I may have read about it. I’ll get back to you soon.

      I assume you’re related to Sally McKay. 🙂


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