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Eatonville Hospital – 1921

Letter to Eatonville Hospital 1921
Letter to Eatonville Hospital 1921

Here’s an old envelope from 1921 to Julie Dougher c/o of the the Eatonville Hospital. Don’t know anything about Julie — whether she was a nurse or a patient. (If you have any information, please share.)

I do know that the hospital used to be in the building across from the high school on Mashell. You can check it out next time you drive by.

Lumberman's Hospital, April 1912
Lumberman’s Hospital, April 1912

Photo courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Barney’s Matchbook Cover

Matchbook Barney's (ca. 1950s)
Matchbook Barney’s (ca. 1950s)

Locals know Barney’s Corner as a gas station, but early on it was much, much more.

Matchbook Barney's reverse (ca. 1950s)
Matchbook Barney’s reverse (ca. 1950s)

I believe this matchbook cover comes from around the 1940s. Back then there was food and dance.

Barney was Keith Malcom’s brother and he opened the establishment when he got back from WWII — a survivor of Pearl Harbor.

Images courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Mashell Ave. in 1942

IOOF on Mashell Ave 1942
IOOF on Mashell Ave 1942

Josie Johnston posted this picture on Facebook the other day. It inspired some memories from locals.

Josie: I’m just messing around on some historical research sites today and found this very cool view of what the Hotes Hall used to look like. I did not know it was an IOOF before it was a Mason’s hall, but from this photo, I’m guessing it must have been.
Full description: “Black and white, close oblique angle linen backed photographic image of commercial buildings on one side of an Eatonville, Pierce County, WA street, 1942. Two story building in image center is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall. The U.S. Post Office is on the first floor of the building. Sign in the post office street window: Register Now (Selective Service). The Roxy Theatre is in a building near image right edge. A bicycle is leaning against the street curb in front of the post office.”

Mashell Ave. 1959
Mashell Ave. 1959

Dixie Walter: When I moved back to town in 1960 the Dispatch was located in one of those places with the windows…not sure when the paper moved there since in those days once a newspaper picked a site it stayed a long time…the presses were huge and extremely heavy so no one liked to move much…sometime in the early 60s the paper moved to the little building next to where ERA used to be. Now it’s no problem to move papers as computers are soooo much easier to pack up and go wherever…I’ll see if Bob knows anything about the other photo showing the mountain. I’ve seen it before, probably during the Centennial…

Phillip David Smith: I was a past Master Canceller of DeMolay in the 60’s and spent a lot of great times at that Mason Hall; had a lot of great dances up there. Thank God we also had someone running the Roxy during that time.

Alice Wingrove: There was an ice cream store next to the Roxy and after a movie we would stop and get a cone to eat on the way home, Doris Olden Vormerstrand use to work there and she would really load the cones full of ice cream.

Karen Laura Lane Phelan: On the corner was the Post Office. The lodge was upstairs and Rainbow Girls and Demolay Boys sponsored dances for the high school kids. Further down was the Dispatch Office. At one time, Lorraine LaPlante had a little soda shop in there before you got to Pecheos Roxy Theater

Long Logs coming through Eatonville, 1960

Long Logs, March 1960
Long Logs, March 1960

This load of logs came down Mashell Ave. in March, 1960. In fact, the truck is stopped at the corner of Center Street and Mashell.

I can’t tell by the image what logging outfit this was. If you have some information, please share.

There has always been a need for straight, long logs, which are used for masts for sailboats, and the like. In fact, there is still a mill in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, that mills these logs for boats and flag poles. Hollywood hired the mill not long ago to create the masts for Pirates of the the Caribbean.

Photo courtesy of the Baublits family, and taken by Joe Larin. 

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Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground (ca. 1911)

Indian Henry's Hunting Ground (ca. 1911)
Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground (ca. 1911)

Here is a postcard of Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground at Mount Rainier, from about 1911.

Here is some information from The Big Fact Book About Mount Rainier:

“At Indian Henrys Hunting Ground, form 1908 to 1915, George Hall and his wife, the former Sue Longmire, had a [] tent camp. A government bulletin from 1912 listed prices at $.75 for a bed or a weekly rate of $15.00 for bed and board. You could have your freight hauled up from Longmire for $.02 per pound. This camp, known as the “Wigwam Hotel” rivaled the one a Paradise in popularity (Camp in the Clouds), however it was severn miles of hard hiking to get there. It was abandoned in 1915.”

Thank you Jeff Morrison for sharing.

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Clear Lake, 1962

Clear Lake 1962
Clear Lake 1962

Alder Lake2A glimpse of Clear Lake in 1962. It says Ohop Lake on the card, but I’m pretty sure this is Clear Lake.

Have a lot of memories swimming and water-skiing with my girlfriend on that lake. Anyone else like to share their memories?

Photo courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Clear Lake 2015
Clear Lake 2015

Cow in the Early Morning — Ohop Valley

Cow in the Morning - Burwash Farm
Cow in the Morning – Burwash Farm

Many of Martin Burwash’s photos of the Burwash/Kjelstad farm in Ohop Valley have made this blog because they are just incredible — like this one.

“Probably my favorite picture my brother Martin Burwash took of the farm years ago,” says Mary Burwash Chalberg. “I loved the early summer mornings of light ground fog and dew.”

Photo courtesy of Martin Burwash and Mary Chalberg.

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Eatonville Switchboard — the Cs

Mashell Telephone Co. Switchboard - the Cs
Mashell Telephone Co. Switchboard – the Cs

I got a chance to photograph the names on the old Mashell Telephone Co.  switchboard, which went out of commission in the early 1950s. Posted here are the C’s.

These names are almost a snapshot of Eatonville back then. If you have have any memories of Mashell Telephone Co. or any of these individuals or companies, please share.

• R. E. (Gene) Cook, 2-3775
• Pete Cerkan, 2-4182
• Robert Carlson, 2-3511
• Christensen’s Dept. Store, 2-4820
• John W. Carlson, 2-4820
• C & W Electric, 553
• Wm. Cross, 2-3874
• Dan P. Christensen (residence), 2-3345
• Allan L. Campbell, 7R3
• Gust Carlson, 2-3535
• M. D. Carew, 2-3612
• Al.  Caplson (Point Ohop), 2-3663
• Clair Chase, 2-3335
• Chicago Milwaukee
• Don B. Christenen, 119J2
• Marshel Christensen, 13895
• Christensen’s Motors, 321
• Mrs. Nels Christensen, 192
• Ernest Christian, 2-4255
• Glen Clark (Rainier Cleaners), 101
• Glen Clark (Residence), 2-3341
• Clear Lake Resort, 24424
• Mary L. Clemens, 2-4103
• W. L. Curran, 2-4447
• L. H. Click, 39s31
• Joe Coccioli, 2-3212
• Lee Cole, 2-3516
• R. R. Colyer, 2-3683
• Wilton R. Colyer, 2-4322



Photo courtesy of Roni Johnson.

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