You might know it as the Tall Timbers Restaurant, but prior to that it was Babe’s Cafe. The food was good and everyone know Babe (Mildred Lister).
Babe opened the cafe in 1947 and ran in for many years and this ash tray was one of the promotional pieces. Of course, back then smoking was allowed in restaurants and phone number were only three and five digits long.
Jeff Morrison found these old pieces on Ebay. Thank you for sharing.
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 archerywas 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.
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 exact date of this image is unknown, but was probably taken around January, 1954.
The writing on the photo reads “Elbe BM – across from Depot – CMP.S.”
To the right is a a clear view of is the Elbe IOOF(Independent Order of Odd Fellows) building, which still stands today.
You can see Lambert’s Quick Lunch in the background. That building, however, is no longer standing. “. . . Lambert’s Lunch and Service Station sold to Stanley Johnson and later became the A&M Cafe burned down.” (History of Southeastern Pierce County.)
If you had been driving up from Eatonville to Eble in 1944, you may have had to stop for this train, at the “relocation” crossing. (The train tracks had to be rerouted to accommodate the new dam going in.)
Today the trains are a tourist event, but back then they were vital part of the community.