Eatonville in the 30s or 40s

View of Eatonville in the 40s
View of Eatonville in the 30s or 40s

Saundra Hill posted this shot of the town on the Eatonville History Facebook page.

She says, “Aerial view of Eatonville 1930’s or 1940’s. I found this in my grandma’s photos, Lila Puariea, who moved to Eatonville in 1935 on Scott Turner Road with husband Mose and children Elizabeth “Dode” Puariea Hill, Eugene “Bud” Puariea and Donna Puariea Deck.”

I like that you can see the steam coming from the burner at the Eatonville Lumber Company.

Click on image to enlarge.

2 responses to “Eatonville in the 30s or 40s”

  1. Very likely a photo taken from the plane of Jim Beech, the respected World War II pilot and lively local character. Most early aerial photos of Mount Rainier or the Ashford/Elbe/Eatonville area were taken from his plane. Jim Beech was the third husband of Mildred Ashford, youngest daughter of Ashford town founders, Cora J. (Hershey) Ashford and Walter Andrew Ashford. Mildred & Jim inherited the Ashford mansion on Canyon Road in Ashford. After Mildred died, Jimmy C. Beech continued to run his Mount Rainier Scenic Views flights out of his Ashford “airport” in what used to be all meadow along the side of Hwy 706 in “downtown” Ashford. Later Jim Beech rented his house to young Rick Johnson and his wife Jana Gardner who own and run Ashford Creek Pottery.

    In the 1970’s whenever we saw a plane with a red tail we would say, “There goes Mr. Beech!”

    Anyone else on this blog remember him from that time?

    Thanks again, Diane, for writing this very entertaining and educational history blog! Stories get lost in time unless someone motivates folks to share their attic photos and stories. Thanks to all of you who have shared photos and stories!


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