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Elbe Bridge – 1915

Levi Engel blacksmith shop Elbe, WA ca 1915
Levi Engel blacksmith shop Elbe, WA ca 1915

These are great shots of the Elbe bridge taken around 1915.  In the first photo, the building next to the bridge is Levi Engel’s blacksmith shop.

Levi would have been an interesting guy to know. He was also a photographer, Elbe’s justice of the peace, and edited the Elbe Union for a time.

In the second photo you can also see the Sachs residence. In 1900 Weyerhaeuser started buying up timber from settlers and Adam Sachs happened to own a lot of the timber around Elbe.

Elbe bridge & Sachs home, ca 1915
Elbe bridge & Sachs home, ca 1915

Mr. Sachs brought over the Corduroy Mashell Mt. Road the first logging and mill machinery and started the first logging with his crew at Elbe in 1902 and soon had a mill in operation. History of Southeastern Pierce County

Alder’s Puncheon Road

Building Puncheon Road in Alder, WA
Building Puncheon Road in Alder, WA

This photo (courtesy of Pat Van Eaton) shows the building of a puncheon road (plank road) in Alder. The puncheon planks stacked on the right would be laid crossway to create the roadway.

These plank roads were popular in the 1800s, but gave way to paved roads. Today if you want to see one, it will probably be in a Western movie.

Excecaloir Lumber Company, Alder

Excecaloir Lumber Co., Alder
Excecaloir Lumber Co., Alder

This picture is provided by Pat Van Eaton and entitled “Excecaloir Lumber Company”.

Alder had a number of mills in the early 1900s.

“A one-machine shingle mill was set up by a Mr. Daniel a the north fork of Alder Creek. August Delin built a three-machine shingle mill, to which he added a small sawmill. Cedar was cut into bolt 4’4″ long and about 20 to a cord. They were transported to the mill on skid roads by sleds up to 20′ long. The cedar from the Boettcher place was mostly transported on wooden railroads. Bolt cutters received $1.00 per chord and bolts brought about $3.00 per chord at the mill.”  History of Southeastern Pierce County

Class of 1951 (in 1946)

EGS 8th grade 1946
EGS 8th grade 1946

I’m partial to this photo, in part because my dad, Louie Mettler, is in it (far right, second row from the top).

The sign at the kids’ feet reads: Eatonville Sch. 1946’7  Gr. 8  Mr. Gallagher  Ray Fuller.

I think I recognize a few others, like Frank Hoffman (far left, second row from the top). If you see yourself or others you know, speak up!

Click on photo to enlarge. Photo: Courtesy of Pat Van Eaton

Spectators at the Building of Canyon Road

Torger Peterson, McDowell and grandson at the Canyon Rd. Building
Torger Peterson, McDowell and grandson at the Canyon Rd. Building

This shot has a little something for everyone. It was taken in approximately 1920, during the construction of Canyon Road. On the left is Torger Peterson, County Commission, Ohop Pioneer and promoter of the Canyon Rd.

The older man and the young boy are noted as “McDowell and grandson”, both enjoying the big machinery moving  large rocks.

Eatonville’s First Store (1890)

1st store post card
Community gathering

The entire population of Eatonville gathered for this picture when it was taken  — around 1890.

Below is what was written about  this photo in the 1959 Dispatch:

A settlement of a few buildings grouped together behind a rail fence in a clearing was called Van Eaton’s Trading Post around 1890.

The “surrey with the fring on tope” owned by T.C. Van Eaton, was used a a stage to and from Spanaway and on the trip this way would carry food, passengers and mail, going all the way to Longmire, which was corduroy road most of the way.

On horseback, directly in front of the trading post, Eatonville’s first store, are Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Van Eaton and Mrs. Groe. Sitting in the wagon are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Canty and Mr. and Mrs. Richard White, the teller of tall tales and one of the most colorful characters to come to Eatonville, is at the left.

The Van Eaton log cabin at the rear, now part of the Eatonville Hotel, and the trading post, in a different location, on upper Mashell Avenue, are both still in use. The latter is used by Williams’ Electric.

Mashell Avenue – ca. 1958

Mashell Avenue, ca 1955 – photo courtesy Pat VanEaton

Mashell Avenue in the 50’s looks like a scene straight out of Back to the Future.

Some of the buildings are no longer standing, like the Red and White Store on the corner (which was then run by Jess Dawkins and Keith Malcom) and Van Cleve’s Ford dealership on the right, which was taken in 2011.

The old lamps were removed, but not destroyed. Some residents recycled them for their own yards.  Keep your eye out and you might spot one or two.

Click on image to enlarge.