The buildings around Eatonville have housed quite a few different businesses over the decades.
Ruth and Waddell’s Confectionery was probably today’s Pour House. The store was gutted in 1923 by a fire that tore through town.
I’m guessing the picture was taking around 1926 because that’s when Royal Ice Cream (still in operation today) started delivering products. And also because the “straw boater’s hat” which the man on the left is sporting, was the height of style back then.
A little about the owners
Owners Frank Ruth and Waddell were both active businessmen, but not much is written about them. Besides owning the Confectionery, we know Frank was on the town council for some time and Lee open a place called Columbia Cafe in 1912.
Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.
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