Month: April 2018

Christensen’s Store – 1942

Christensen’s 1942

With the old Christensen’s store, (which also became the Sears store) being currently remodeled into a thrift store, this seemed like a good time to post this shot taken in 1942.

Alice Wingrove writes, “My parents bought things they needed for many years from Christensen’s. I remember George Neistadt use to work at the garage next door for many years.”

Things evolve and the store will be reopening soon. We wish is luck.

Photo courtesy of JoAnn Palmer.

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Acting Out During Robin Hood Days – 1956

Robin Hood Days 1956
Robin Hood Days 1956

During the 1950s, after the the Eatonville mill shut down, the town went into kind of a panic. How would it survive with its major industry gone? How could they bring in new businesses? They townspeople didn’t want Eatonville to disappear like other small logging towns.

What happened next was called Operation Bootstrap   It was an ambitious project — the entire community came together, along with some gentlemen from the University of Washington to take a deep look at what the town had to offer.

One of the ideas was Robin Hood Days. It made sense, because archery was big in Eatonville, and this event was going to be regional event. These shots where taken by Joe Larin in 1956 of men battling in tights. (Yes, there were lots of men in tights around Eatonville for a while.)

I’m not sure who these two guys in the photos are. If you know, please share!

Photos courtesy of Joe Larin and the Baublets family.

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Rainier School and Mrs. Williams (ca. 1950s)

Rainier School with Mrs. Williams
Rainier School with Mrs. Williams

Joe Larin captured this image. The information I have with it is “Mrs. Williams outside the Rainier School.” I’m not entirely sure of the year, but the schoolhouse (and the school teacher) look a little older.

Per Carl Langberg, the school was in the middle of Stringtown Road. The first one burned in 1906 and a second was built after the first one burned.

The first teacher at the new school was Mrs. Clyde Williams.

Photo courtesy of the Baublits family and Joe Larin.

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Waiving from the Flag Pole (1914)

Henry Christensen helping up the flag pole
Henry Christensen helping up the flag pole

We did a post a while back about the flag pole going up in 1914. Roni Johnson had an even better photo (from her family album) of the event. Here is Henry Christensen waiving from the top of the pole.

“Grandma’s family had the telephone company so all of her brothers were used to running up and down the poles. The girls ran the switchboard,” says Roni.

If this picture looks a little familiar, it’s because the Eatonville Bank is still on the corner of Mashell. Although the Snow Motel to the left is longer standing.

Photo courtesy of Roni Johnson.

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