The 30s, 40s and 50s

Axel Berg of Silver Lake

Alex Berg at Silver Lake
Alex Berg at Silver Lake

Betty Josephson wrote on Facebook, “After reading about the delay in fishing season at Silver Lake, I decided to post this picture of my Grandfather, Axel Berg. He homesteaded at Silver Lake, circa 1910, and rented out boats for many years in addition to farming.

Others chimed in . . .

Sally McKay: I remember him well. He would let you and me have a boat but not during the busy season. 

Karen Loden Leamer: He would be my great grandfather. He was a handsome guy.

Photo courtesy of Betty Josephson.

Arnie Haynes’ Boy Scout First Aid Kit

Boy scout motto is “be prepared” and that obviously included Boy Scout Arndon (Arnie) Haynes of Troop #63.

This was Arnie’s first aid kit that included gauze bandages, mercurochrome swabs and iodine.

If you aren’t familiar with mercurochrome (merbromin) swabs, as it’s name suggests it contained a bit of mercury. You would dab a little and it acted like an antibacterial antiseptic and left at yellow-green sheen. In 1978 the FDA started reviewing products containing mercury. Although there seems to be no ill-effects from the product, it appears no one wanted to go to the extensive effort to do all the studies to prove it, and it left the shelves.

I see there are few things missing in the pack, including the Vivo swabs, which say they are used for “shock or fainting.” Which makes me wonder, did Arnie have to use them?

Arnie Haynes

Thank you Roni Johnson (his daughter) for sharing these great images.

Welcome to Eatonville Sign

Welcome to Eatonville, 1955 and Today

Back in 1955, long before it was Nevitt Park, there was just a simple sign that welcomed people to Eatonville and a street sign that directed people to the city center and to Mt. Rainier via Scenic Route 29.

I personally love this street sign because “29” was obviously hand painted in as an afterthought.

Welcome sign in Eatonville

Today the park, which was named after the town’s Dr. Nevitt, may be a little showier, but the town is still just as simple and sweet.

Photo courtesy of the Baublits family and late photographer Joe Larin.

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Logging camp

Logging Camp, ca. 1940s

I’m not sure exactly where this logging camp was located, or what logging company it belonged to, except that is was at the base of Mt. Rainier. What I think is amazing about this shot though is the scope of the logging.

Take a look at that logging camp in the center of it all, the railroad that took the logs out and the trestle. Just zoom in and take a look.

Photos courtesy of Sandra Woods.

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Kneip’s Trucking Service (cir. 1956)

These photos taken of Kneip’s Trucking don’t show Eatonville at its best, but you do get a glimpse of 1956 Mashell Ave. If you would like a little background on the business, just click HERE.

Notice to the right of the first shot is Babe’s Cafe where you can get some Pepsi and home made pie.

The next show is a full of view. You may recognize the building now. It’s the Postnet building.

The last photo is nice because you can see down Mashell, with the high school in the background. The F.O.E. (Fraternal Order of Eagles) and the Shell station are easy to spot too.

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Kneip Building looking toward the high school.

Photos courtesy of the Baublits family and late photographer Joe Larin.

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Alder Dam

Alder Dam Under Construction (Aug. 23, 1943)

The Alder Dam (aka La Grande Dam) was built in the 40s, replacing an earlier version. This show reads: Aug. 23, 1943, La Grande Dam, View Downstream Toward East Abutment.

This building of the dam and the creation of the reservoir had a big impact, requiring buildings to be moved, as well as the railroad track.

The building of the first dam in 1912 created the first all-electric city in La Grande, Washington.

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Alder Camp, 1942

I don’t know much about this photo other than what is written on it — Alder Camp from Water Tank E., August 19, 1942.

I’m assuming it’s a logging camp. In the back right of the photo, you can see what I believe is the Alder school, which is no longer standing.

You might be saying, “How come I can’t see Alder Lake?” That’s because Alder Lake as we know it didn’t exist yet. It wouldn’t be until 1944 with the construction of Alder Dam that it would take shape.

If you have any information on this image, please feel free to share.

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King’s Axe Game – 1954

The King’s Axe game was played between Eatonville and Bethel High Schools. This 1954 article by Don Kitchel reads:

King’s Axe, the trophy donated three years ago by John Swanson of Eatonville and played annually by the Cruiser and Bethel football teams, will be at stake at the game between the two teams tomorrow evening at Bethel. Eatonville won the prized trophy the first year but the two successive year Bethel has been the winner. The Cruisers will be out to try to get the Axe back tomorrow night.

Anyone know who won?

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Article about National – Dispatch 1981

This article on National, Washington (near Ashford) ran, I believe in 1981 in the Dispatch. Unfortunately the date is a bit hard to read. But I’ve written the article below to make reading a bit easier.

The town of National

Ghost towns in the Southwest are not that uncommon. Driving through the desert, there are occasionally abandoned buildings along the side of the road that have been boarded up. Mining towns where the ore eventually gave out, little towns where the railroad stopped coming — not uncommon but usually the former owners lave signs of having been there.

Near Ashford, there is a ghost town that left little behind. In fact, when the town folded, many of the people picked up their houses and took them along.

Up until 1944, National was a company town with a population of about 1,500. And the company in the town was the Pacific National Lumber Co., started in 1905 by E. W. Demerest. The saw mill in the town of National and the logging operation that kept it going were the lifeblood of National, and when that mill went out of business in 1944, so did the town.

Jim Daly, the head sawyer at the mill until it folded, said that in 1912, the original sawmill burned down, and a bigger mill was built to replace it.

Bob Reece, who has lived in the Ashford area for most of his life, said that he was there the day the mill burned. He was delivering milk to the bunkhouse kitchen, and he said it started at the mill, and it was gone before anyone knew it.

But the fire didn’t stop Pacific National Lumber. Timber was abundant then, and the company just built a bigger and better saw mill. People still talk about the sawmill and the amount of timber it could handle.

Daly said that the second mill specialized in long timbers, some up to 147 feet long. They cut lumber for boats such as the spars, masts and keels.

One tree that came from Mineral set a world’s record. The log was 225 feet in length, 48 feet around and 800 years old. That log yielded 125,000 board feet of lumber. Daly said he remembers that log well.

“We had to cut it with a stream dragsaw which had an 18-foot blade, and was on a float. We cut it in half and quartered it with that, and then cut the rest of it,” he said.

The wood from the sawmill was taken by railroad to Tacoma, and then later much of it was taken by truck for reloading and distributing, Daly said. Five locomotives would be used to haul it.

“It was a wonderful sawmill. It got the cream of the timber crop,” Reece said.

But National was definitely a company town. About 75 of the houses in the town were owned by Pacific National, and most of the loggers and mill workers lived in town.

Daly said that when he moved into National, he and his family rented a five-room house with electricity and water for $6 a month. His wages when he started in 1920 were $4.96 a day for 10 hours. “It was a nice house too,” Daly said. The single employees lived in bunkhouses.

There was one store in the town which was a general store owned by Butler and Rexroth. Above the store was a room where they showed movies once a week. The rest of the town was houses, bunkhouses and the sawmill. An army barracks was also located at National Reece said. And every two weeks, a dance was held.

Daly said the town gained quite a bit of notoriety in 1935 when the mill employees went on strike for a year over the right to unionize.

Many of the mill workers were Japanese. Daly said about 60 to 75 Japanese were employees. Most were natives of Japan, and some were second generation, he added.

When World War II started, all of the Japanese were taken to concentration caps. Daly said some were taken to the fair grounds at Puyallup and others were taken to Idaho.

“Some disappeared the night of Pearl Harbor,” Daly said. “We later found out that two of them were in the Japanese navy. One was an admiral and the other was a lieutenant.

To his knowledge, Daly said that none of the Japanese ever returned to the National area.

But after World War II, there was no National to return to. In 1944 Pacific National sold their operations to Harbor Plywood Co. because of the dwindling supply of timber and the ill health of Demerest, Daly said. Soon after that, Harbor Plywood sold the property to Weyerhaeuser. The mill shut down in 1944, and little logging has been done in the area since then.

“When they ran out of timber, the mill shut down, and so did the town,” Reece said.

Several of the houses in the town were moved to other areas, mostly in Ashford and some between National and Ashford. Daly said that some were moved to the highway, and many others were torn down. Reece said that he helped move some of the houses.

Most of the workers left the area looking for other jobs. Daly said he moved around after that, going to Oregon and Eastern Washington for awhile. He decided to retire in Eatonville because he had a piece of property in town.

Now there is nothing left in the town but a few remnants — a shell of a building with nothing by wall, part of a roof and a floor; a yellow stop sign, a picket fence and a few foundations.

“Looking back, it was a good place to live and a good place to work,” Daly said.

The Passing of Margaret Catherine Case King (1953)

Margaret (Ma) King

Obituaries can give you quite a glimpse back in time. This one for Margaret (Ma) King is one.

It reads: Margaret Catherine Case King was born in Hendersonville, North Carolina, November 19, 1853, and passed on at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Manning, April 15.

She was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Ellen Emaline Case.

Margaret Case was married to John Dillard King, March 26, 1971. This this union were born twelve children.

Mrs. King moved to Washington with her husband and family in January, 1950 and settled on a homestead on which she resided until her death.

She was member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South Ednyville, North Carolina.

Mrs. King was preceded in passing by her husband, one daughter, Laura O. Josselyn of Ohop Bob; and one son Benjamin Roscoe King of King’s Place.

1889 Photo
Front Row (sitting), Left to Right: Orena King (Mrs. Bob Potter), Tennessee Lahuna King (Mrs. Clifford Manning)
Second Row: Hiram P. King, John Dillard King (Father), John’s wife, Margaret C. King, Margaret King (Mr. M. Taylor)
Third Row: Zella King (Mrs. Salva Jensen), Stonewall Jackson King, Ellen Rebecca King (Mrs. Louis Grundell), Roscoe B. King, Laura Olympia King (Mrs. C.C. Josselyn), Vivian Lee King (Mrs. Gurnie Van Eaton).

Those left to mourn her departure are: Ellen R. Grundell, Zella F. Jensen, Vivian L. Van Eaton, Orena B. Potter, Margaret E. Taylor, Launa Manning, Hiram P. King and Stonewall J. King of Peoria, Arizona; 20 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Thompson D. Haislip of Rogers New Mexico, and two brothers of the south, Andrew P. Case and L. C. Case, of Henderson, N.C.

Mrs. King requested that she be buried in a winding sheet, the same as her mother, grandmothers and ancestors of the South, and that her body be taken to its last resting place in a wagon drawn by horses and drive by her son. She was laid to rest in the family lot in the old Rainier cemetery.

Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday at 2 p.m. Mrs. Marshall Harris of Weyerhaeuser read the funder service. Prayer was offered by D. H. DeLano, grandfather of Clifford Manning. Fred Hoover sang two selections, “One Fleeting Hour” and “The Silver Chord,” accompanied by Miss Margaret Greening.

Photos courtesy of Monte King.

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