Singing and Sports in 1921

Bridge-Hospital, A. W. Bridge on the far left with mustache
Bridge-Hospital, A. W. Bridge on the far left with mustache

Eatonville had two new organizations form in 1921. The first was a branch of the Washington Sportsmen’s Association with Dr. A. W. Bridge as president and G. B. Ingersoll as secretary and treasure. Thirty-five members signed up. The goal of the association was to better protect game and an game fish, to establish a base for the distribution of hatchery stock and to promote true sportsmanship.

The second group was much different — the Choral Society. It got up and going in October, and officers were Dr. Bridge, Mrs. May Macomber Wright, C. W. White, Mr. Stahlberg and N. C. Christensen. Mrs. Brislawn as the director with Mrs. Hearn as her assistant. The members paid dues and the director was paid $15.00 a month. They planned on having two concerts a year.

(Per History of Southeastern Pierce County.)

Photo courtesy of Hendrickson Family and Abbi Wonacott.

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May Day 1952

1952 May Day Court
1952 May Day Court

May Day is coming up. It’s an interesting tradition in Eatonville — a royal court, elementary school dances — including a traditional May Pole dance —vendors and more.

Here’s a shot of the 1952 May Day court. Take a look at the backdrop. I think it’s covered with tulips. They spared no expense in 52′.

1952 Court
Back row, LtoR: Mr. Tone (Principal), Tommy Lonn, Gary Allison, ??, Ernie Jones, Queen Grace Gallager, King Charles Hale, Blank Bernovich (sp?), Roy Swanson, Dick Logston, Lloyd Stewart.

First Row LtoR: ? Predmore, Shirley Jones, Anita Pecciho, (rest unknown).

Photo courtesy of Dick Logston.

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Thank you everyone for Eatonville to Rainier is a success!

King's Place (ca. late 50s)
Inside King's Place (ca. late 50s)

Hi everyone,

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has been coming to this site to check out our community’s history. This month the website hit a milestone — 5,000+ views for the month of March.

Many of you have provided pictures and information to help share the community’s rich history with others. Thank you!  Rest assured your effort and generosity is appreciated, not just by me, but the many folks who are coming to the site, enjoying the pictures and learning.

Visitors coming to the site have also been great about sharing their thoughts and memories, and that’s invaluable. There have even been a couple cases where people have learned they have long lost relatives on this site.

Thank you everyone. This is working because of you!

Keep sending those pictures and thoughts and I’ll keep posting.


Photo of King’s place courtesy of Margit Thorvaldson.

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Eatonville’s Town Marshals (1909-1969)

Sheriff Jim Smith's patrol car with two-way radio (ca. 1951)
Sheriff Jim Smith's patrol car with two-way radio (ca. 1951)

With all the news about Eatonville’s police department lately, I thought it might be a good time to look back at the town’s law enforcement.

Moving through Marshals
Eatonville has had its ups and down with law enforcement since 1907, when the first town marshall was appointed — L. E. Martin. Martin’s job wasn’t glamorous. “He was not only the marshall but was instructed by the clerk or the mayor to do such things as ‘remove a bench from in front of  the liquor store, as it was a nuisance,’ and to ‘push over the out house at the Columbia Cafe, and fill in the excavation’ on a certain date if the owner didn’t make improvements.”

Marshals came and went. In the early years, they didn’t seem to stay more than a year.

“On September 7, 1925, Dollar LaPlante was marshal. He was sent to check on a shooting spree by a drunk. He came unarmed, the man pulled a gun and LaPlante was killed. The man was convicted and sent to prison.”

“In October 1939, the marshal asked that a lavatory be built in the town hall so it wouldn’t be necessary to take the prisoners out and also that a steel door be built on the jail.” Back then officers were also trying to get money for car expenses because they were using their own vehicles. They were denied.

“In 1947, a suit for false arrest was brought against the marshal. Citizens urged his dismissal. As a result the mayor resigned. The new mayor appointed a new marshal. In 1948, the marshal’s salary was set at $265 a month, and his was granted a car allowance of $40. He got of $15 raise in 1950.”

In November, 1951 a group of “interested citizens” met at the Dispatch office with the Pierce County Sheriff because they wanted a deputy sheriff and radio patrol car to be permanently located in southeastern Pierce County. There had been a number of instances of cattle rustling and other crimes in the area. After some months Deputy Sheriff Jim Simth was assigned to the new position created by the Board of County Commissioners. The town patrol car was equipped iwth a two-way radio as was the deputy’s car, for copperation of the two agencies.”

In 1967 Tony DelVicchio took the job until April 1970 when he died and Dick Carney too over as acting town marshal. By 1969 people wanted a second police officer, but he council decided it wasn’t feasible at that time.

Information taken from Timber Town and Later.

Images courtesy of the Smith family.

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Ohop Valley (Early 1900s)

Ohop Valley - early 1900s
Ohop Valley - early 1900s

A colorized version of Ohop Valley early 1900s — taken I think from the Kjelstad farm looking toward Mt. Rainier. It looks like there’s a lake in the middle, but if you’re familiar with Ohop Valley, you know that it floods a lot. Farmers often have water front property during heavy rains.

Photo courtesy of Gary Henrickson.

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Longmire Hotel – 1898

Hotel at Longmire, 1898
Hotel at Longmire, 1898

The back of this pictures reads . . . Picture taken of the hotel at Longmire August 1898.

I’m not sure if this if this the Longmire hotel, but that would be a good guess. And it looks like the picture online.  A simple, 5-room hotel was built by Longmires built in 1890 and later expanded.  If it is the original Longmire Springs Hotel it was torn down by the Rainier National Park around 1920.

Below is and excerpt comes from Wikipedia. I can’t vouch for it’s accuracy. But it gives you a bit of background.

Hotel History
“In 1890, Longmire built a 5-room hotel, which was later expanded. By 1906, the Longmire’s hotel with assorted tents and cabins totaled 30 rooms. In that year, the Tacoma and Eastern Railroad built the original National Park Inn at Longmire, a three-story building with accommodation for 60 guests. Having a competitor establish in the Longmire area soured relations between the National Park and the Longmire family. There followed some legal disputes between the Longmires and park officials including the opening of a saloon by Robert Longmire (James’ son) and its subsequent closure by Acting Superintendent Grenville F. Allen who thought it a “public nuisance.

Hotel Longmire Springs postcard to A. Peterson
Hotel Longmire Springs postcard to A. Peterson

Constructed in an early rustic style, a Hiker’s Center was built in 1911 by the Tacoma and Eastern Railroad. It is now the Longmire general store.

The Longmires wearied of park pressures to improve their facilities, and after Elcaine’s death in 1915, they leased their property to the newly formed Longmire Springs Hotel Company in 1916. The new operators promptly built an additional hotel structure along with 16 wood-frame cabins. Although the property was cleaned up and improved, operating as “The New Longmire Springs Hotel,” it still did not meet the quality level of the National Park Inn across the road.

Steven T. Mather, the first director of the National Park Service developed a policy which favored regulated monopolies over competing concessioners in the National Parks. Over a number of years the National Park Service worked to make the Rainier National Park Company the only concessionaire in the park.

Hotel Longmire Springs postcard to A. Peterson (ca. 1912)
Hotel Longmire Springs postcard to Anna Peterson (ca. 1912)

This was completed in 1919 when the Rainier National Park Company purchased the Longmire family buildings and a 20 year lease on the Longmire’s private inholding for $12,000 in a three way deal which included J.B. Ternes and E.C. Cornell, owners of the Longmire Springs Hotel Company. They eventually bought the Longmire family property, after the lease expired in 1939.

Rainier National Park Company moved the 1916 Longmire Springs Hotel structure next to the next to the National Park Inn in 1920. Smaller than the existing inn, it became known as the National Park Inn Annex — a 2.5-story building with plain exteriors, it contained seventeen guest rooms.

The Rainier National Park Company eventually demolished the original 1890 Longmire Springs Hotel and utility buildings in the area to “improve the appearance” of the area.”

Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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Anna Peterson & Laura (King) Josselyn

Anna Peterson & Laura (King) Josselyn
Anna Peterson & Laura (King) Josselyn

Girlfriends haven’t changed much over the years. This is Anna Peterson (Torger Peterson’s daughter) and Laura King. They probably had quite a bit in common — they were both from pioneer families, both grew up in a remote area and both probably went to the same school with the same (albeit limited number of) young men to have a crushes on.

Here’s to the girlfriends through the decades!

Photo courtesy of Linda Lewis.

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Support Eatonville History at 2011 Art Festival

Mr. C.A. Stahlberg, Manual Training Tacher in front of the a 1920 GMC School Bus, 1923
Mr. C.A. Stahlberg, Manual Training Tacher in front of a 1920 GMC School Bus, 1923

Just wanted to let everyone know that this weekend at the Eatonville Art Festival there are two history booths.

Eatonville Historical Society
At the Eatonville Historical Society booth you will find:
• lots of artifacts
• books to buy written by local authors Abbi Wonacott and Donald Johnstone
• membership applications, and
• someone to answer any questions — like me if you’re there Saturday morning.

The Eatonville Project
At the far end of the Art festival will be the Eatonville Project booth, that is raising money to produce “You are Here” historical materials for Eatonville School District students. They have calendars and postcards for sale, like this one. (Which, by the way, were created by Chris Bivins.)

Come on down and look around, and if you’re in the mood, support your local history groups!