1909

A Drive Down an early Canyon Road

1909 Drive Down Canyon Road
1909 Drive Down Canyon Road

Pat Walgamott says, “I found this picture of the road along the Nisqually River about 1909….at least what can be seen of it. This is my grandfather driving, Smith H. Miller, from National driving three ladies (probably,  Mrs. John Dobson Scollard, my grandmother Maude Looney Miller, and Cora Looney) down from Pacific National Mill back to Chehalis or Tacoma.”

Pat wasn’t sure exactly where the photo was taken, but it turned out we could place the car on Canyon Road. They were driving past the construction camp that didn’t come down until the 1950s.
Photo courtesy of Pat Walgamott.
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Canyon Road Camp (ca. 1920s)
Canyon Road Camp (ca. 1920s)

Sweet Postcard from Alma (1909)

postcard1This sweet Eatonville postcard was sent from Eatonville in 1909 by Alma to Miss Bella Campbell in Tacoma.

“I seen your brother Sunday. I had forgotten your address so I can’t write until now. I will be down to see you the last part of the next month. I will write a letter latter.”  Alma

I’m thinking maybe it’s time for a new line of Eatonville cards.

Image courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Eatonville Postcard - 1909 (back)
Eatonville Postcard – 1909 (back)

New Eatonville Hospital (ca. 1909)

First Eatonville Hospital (ca. 1909)
First Eatonville Hospital (ca. 1909)

Eatonville’s first hospital and staff.  In fact, if you look off to the right you can see a carpenter still working on it.

“The first doctor, D. A. Martiny, came in 1904. Before 1910 he built The Lumbermen’s Hospital, the first hospital, at the corner of Mashell Ave. N. and Lynch Street across form where the high school stands.” (Timber Town and Later, by Edith Erickson)

The building still stands today.

If anyone has information on the nursing staff back then, I’d love to give the ladies some credit.

Photo courtesy of the South Pierce County Historical Society.

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Ohop Valley 1909

1909 Ohop Valley Postcard
1909 Ohop Valley Postcard

Ohop Valley hasn’t change a heck of a lot over the last 100 years. This postcard was sent in 1909 by “Babe” to Mrs. M. J. Edwards.

It reads . . .

Dear Mamma, I am having a fine time now. We were over to Mrs. and Mrs. O’Connell last night for supper and had a fine time. From Babe.

Image courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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1909 Ohop Valley Postcard (back side)
1909 Ohop Valley Postcard (back side)

Clint Smith Logging (early 1900s)

Clint Smith and Crew (early 1900s)
Clint Smith and Crew (early 1900s)

Clint Smith was one of the six Smith brothers — a big part of early Eatonville. All the brothers worked in the woods and all six signed  the petition requesting incorporation of the Town in 1909.

Clint Smith was elected Councilman at the first Town election. S. L. Smith was the Town Marshal in 1912. (Per History of SE Pierce County)

Clint passed away in 1943.

Photo courtesy of Bill Smith.

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Inside the Hearon Jewelry Store

Herron  Jewelry Store
Herron Jewelry Store

Where the Eatonville Outdoor sits today, on the corner of Center and Mashell, was once the Hearon Jeweler. Both H. L. Hearon and Wayne Hearon served as town councilmen sometime between 1909 and 1954 and H. L. Also served as one of the early town treasurers.

The jewelry shop sold, in addition to jewelry, clocks, glassware, pictures frames, hair combs, silver trays and serving utensils. Zoom in to get a closer look.

First photo courtesy of Rick Parnell and the Parnell family. Second image courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

Herron Jewelry Shop (Exterior)
Herron Jewelry Shop (Exterior)

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Mashell Avenue and Red Man Hall (ca. 1910)

IMG_0003This is a muddy photo of a muddy Mashell Ave. in the early 1900s. The Methodist Churh, which is still standing today is on the left. The Red Men Hall is on the right.

“The Nisqually Tribe of Red Men was the town’s oldest fraternal order. “It’s charter dated November 1, 1903, The national order dates back to about 1760, tracing its inception to patriotic societies. Until the American Legion built its hall in 1922, the Red Men were the only organization in Eatonville, which owned its own building.” (History of Southeastern Pierce County)

Redman Hall, ca. July 4,1910
Redman Hall, ca. July 4,1910

The hall was  built in 1905 and had about 150 members. In 1912 they added a wood floor  for $450 (about $11,000 today) and was still in great condition until way into the 50s. Many folks around town will tell you about some of the dances held there.

Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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Tents up Near Ashford 1909 — and the World’s Fair

Paradise Valley - 1909
Paradise Valley - 1909

I just purchased this postcard on eBay. It’s a nice shot of Paradise Valley in 1909.

The other cool thing about this is the postage markings on the back, in particular that it reads Seattle World’s Fair 1909. I didn’t even know that Seattle has world’s fair back then.

If you want to read a little on the fair, here’s a great article from the Seattle Times, 100 Years Later, Seattle’s First World’s Fair Remembered”.

Here’s and excerpt: “IT WAS COOL and wet on June 1, the day the A-Y-P opened. Fairgoers arrived by trolley, train, boat and foot — only a few had cars — and began pouring through the turnstiles at 8 a.m.: 50 cents for adults, 25 cents for children (11 cents for everyone at night).

Frederick & Nelson department store gave its employees the day off. Standard Furniture Co. offered A-Y-P bargains: $1.65 kitchen chairs and $17.85 davenports. Credit, of course!”

Photo courtesy of Diane Mettler

1909 Worlds Fair in Seattle
1909 Worlds Fair in Seattle

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Eatonville Lumber Company facts

Eatonvlle Lbr Co yarder
Eatonvlle Lbr Co yarder

Here are a few things you might know about the Eatonville Lumber Company, which operated in Eatonville from 1907 until 1954.

• Tacoma Eastern/Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad arrived in 1904 — followed by the opening of the mill in 1907.
T. S. Galbraith (Tom) took over ELCO in the fall of 1909.
John Galbraith (Tom’s son) took over from his dad in 1930. He was also mayor of Eatonville for 22 years and chairman of the school board for numerous terms.
• The mill employed 200 employees at its height.
• Wages in 1912 – $.17/hr., and an employee worked six, eight-hour days a week.
• Wages in 1952 – $1.85/hr., and employees worked five, eight-hour days a week.
ELCO store was built in 1908
• ELCO office was built in 1910
• ELCO station and auto repair shop was built in 1907
T. S. Galbraith built his home in 1925 and it’s still used today.

Overview of ELCO 1942
Overview of ELCO 1942

• T. S. Galbraith built 22 company-owned homes. Most were built in 1910 and were located next to the company store, and some are still family homes.
• The houses on Prospect Street were built in 1913 and the houses on Washington street were built in 1923.
• The mill burned in 1932 and was rebuilt over a number of years. It finally reopened September 22, 1936.
• Galbraith sold the mill to G. E. Karlen in 1941.

Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton, the Parnel family and the University of Washington. Facts courtesy of The Eatonville History Project.

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