The 30s, 40s and 50s

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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Elbe IOOF, 1954

Elbe, 1954
Elbe, 1954

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.)

Anyone else spot anything else?

Photo courtesy of Terry Maves and Tacoma Power.

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Elbe Church, 1944

Elbe Church, 1944
Elbe Church, 1944

Today, the tiny Elbe Church built in 1906 is beautifully preserved. However, back on November 15, 1944, it looked like it could use a little TLC.

“A founder of the town, Heinrich Lutkens, donated the land and material for the church. Pastor Karl Kilian, who designed this simple yet pleasing building, served his Elbe flock from 1906 to 1933.”

For more information on the church, you can visit their website by clicking here. 

Photo courtesy of Terry Maves and Tacoma Power. 

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Elbe Railroad Crossing 1944

Train coming out of Elbe, 1944
Train coming out of Elbe, 1944

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.

Photo courtesy of Terry Maves and Tacoma Power. 

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Sachs Corner in Elbe, December 2, 1942

Sachs Corner, 1942
Sachs Corner, 1942

Here we have Sachs Corner located in Elbe, Washington. The information with this photo reads — December 2, 1942, Alder Basin showing logging donkey upset at Elbe.

Adam Sachs starting logging operations in the area in 1902. The first logging equipment brought over the Mashell Mt. Road by teams.

You can find out more about the Sachs family by searching “Sachs” on this website.

Image courtesy of Terry Maves.

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