To The Present

Leo Pechhia 1961

Leo Pechhia, Sept. 1961

If you have watched a movie at the Eatonville Roxy theater, you have Leo (Angelo) Pechhia to thank. He and his wife built the theater in the 1940s.

Here we see Leo standing in front of the theater in September 1961. (This was a big year for movies — West Side Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 101 Dalmatians and The Parent Trap.)

To read about the whole history of the Eatonville theater, just click HERE.

In short, Leo built a number of theaters in the area. “By the 40s Leo was also operating additional theaters in Randle, Mineral, Morton, Steilacoom, Old Town and Salkum, as well as the Narrows Theater in Tacoma, which he built in 1949.”

Leo and his Regina were originally from Italy and built their home in Eatonville. It’s the brick house still standing on Carter with figs growing beside the garage — fig trees that Regina brought from Italy.

Leo and his wife sold the Eatonville theater in the late 1970s.

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

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Eatonville Hotel – 1963

If you were walking down Mashell Ave., past Key Bank, toward the Roxy, on the right you would see the Eatonville Hotel. It was part of the Eatonville landscape for many decades.

It was built in 1912 and was known as the Snow Hotel. In 1913, the rates were $2.00 a night, which would have been around $46.00 today. Not a bad deal.

To learn more, just search Eatonville Hotel. There are more postings on this site.

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

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Barneey’s Motel (the 60s)

Barneey’s has recently exchanged hands again. Thought it might be a good time to post a shot of the early days — probably the early 60s based on the cars.

Matchbook cover from Barneey’s Motel and Restaurant.

Back then is was a motel and restaurant for those coming through. This old matchbook cover looks like it evolved from motel to permanent guests as well.

You can look around on this site and see how Barneey’s evolved over the years. Good luck to the new owners.

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Ohop Valley – 1913 and 1960s

Ohop Valley 1913 and 1960s

As you can probably tell from the posts on this blog, I’ve got a thing for Ohop Valley. It’s in no small part because I live there, my parents lived there and my grandparents moved there to farm in the 1940s.

I’m always buying postcard on Ebay. But the ones I like best are the ones that have been mailed. This works out great, because for some reason they are usually the most inexpensive.

For Ohop Valley, I like to see what people where doing back then. In this case, the writer was doing a LOT of canning. And it’s also great to confirm the date on of the photo taken.

Here are two postcards — one mailed September 29, 1913, (the same time Houdini is performing for people in a straightjacket) and one I believe is about 50 years later taken in the 1960s. Fifty years between these post cards and the valley looks amazingly the same. Kind of nice.

Photos courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Triangle Lunch

I’m not sure if any of you remember going to the Triangle for lunch, or in my case ice cream cones. As a treat, we would jump in the car and drive up to get chocolate dipped ice cream cones on a hot summer day. The challenge was to eat before they dripped down our arms.

From this old matchbook cover, it looks like the owners were Ivan Casey and Margarett Swanson.

There is still remnants of the couple’s house when you drive by (where Eatonville Highway meets Highway 7.) On the right hand side, as you drive away from Eatonville, you will see a small, blue buildings with a dreck front being slowly devoured by trees.

If you have any memories of eating there, or of the owners, please share.

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Eatonville Hotel matchbook cover

Eatonville Hotel Matchbook cover
Eatonville Hotel Matchbook cover

Eatonville Hotel Matchbook cover
Eatonville Hotel Matchbook cover

The Eatonville Hotel had a long history before it was taken down in the late 1960s. (It used to stand next to Key Bank.)

It was built in the 1912 and for a long time incorporated the Van Eaton cabin.

This matchbook promoted the popular hotel when it was owned by Dick Taylor and Margaret Taylor.

Photo courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Eatonville Hotel, July 1967
Eatonville Hotel, July 1967

Ohop Valley, Kjelstad Farm, 1961

Burwash and Kjelstad family, checking out the new arrival 1961
Burwash and Kjelstad family, checking out the new arrival 1961

The Burwash family is sitting outside at the farm, checking out the newest addition to the family.

Sarah Rabel writes this February 16, 2017:

“Today, my mind has rested on Grandma Burwash [Carolyn Burwash], who passed away this day longer ago than I realized until my aunt Mary [Mary Burwash Chalberg posted a remembrance. I have thought of her strength, her incredible cooking, baking, and canning, her spotless home, her music, her embroidery, her literature, her teaching, her dahlias, her barn boots… And most of all, I have thought of her voice. Here is a photo of her (in the checkered dress) at Coffee Time in the field.”

The picture was probably taken by Matt Kjelstand. In the photo is Steve Burwash (wearing the hat), Kathleen Burwash looking at the baby Mary, and Martin Burwash checking out something in his hand. Behind is Velma Kjelstad and Matt’s sister, Martha. And, of course, Major the dog.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Rabel. 

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