The Canyada Lodge built in La Grande, Wash., was a luxury stay in its day. The lodge was built around 1912 (around the same time the Titanic set sail) and burned down in 1927. It was rebuilt, but not as lavish.
For images of the later Canyada Lodges, click HERE.
T.C. Van Eaton built the first general store — where Kirk’s Pharmacy stands today — and in 1912 sold it to A. Y. Lindsey Co.
This appears to be the back half of the store, and T.C. Van Eaton in the center, wearing the dark suit and hat.
Per Pat Van Eaton, the boy in the chair is John Van Eaton. The man in the doorway is Charlie Williams and his nephew. The pictures was taken around 1914, making John Van Eaton (born 1911) about 3 years old.
It’s hard to imagine trains running through Eatonville, but it was part of life in 1912 when the Depot Hotel was built by R. Marti. In 1939 Marti’s estate sold the Depot Hotel to Mrs. G. Faris of Oakland, Calif.
To get an idea of the where it once stood, you are looking up Center Street with the Bank down at the end of the street.
The second shot you see the train running in the snow, past the Depot Hotel.
This shot was taken of the old Alder before it was moved when the dam when in. As the caption states: “This is a district meeting of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) in Alder, on October 26, 1912. The Odd Fellow started in England in 1688. The Odd Fellow’s duty is “to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphans.” Both Alder and Elbe had IOOF chapters.
The Kipper garage employee was part of the crew that went after the robbers in the 1922 bank robbery.
Check out what appear to be an extremely early gas pump in the pictures.
“Around 1912, manufacturers began to enclose the mechanics of the curbside pumps in cabinets. The more basic cabinets covered just the necessary “workings” of the pump, while the more elaborate cabinets were the full height of the pump and often stylized. At this time, company logos began to appear on the pump, either on the cabinet itself or on a globe placed atop the pump. New improvements in gas pump technology appeared around 1918, changing the face of these early cabinet pumps.”
(Curb Pumps in Cabinets)
Photo courtesy of Rick Parnell and the Parnell family.
“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)
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.
If you made your way to Eatonville in its first years, you would be staying at the Pioneer Hotel. Paul Haynes built the hotel for Frank Groe in 1892 on the southern corner of Mashell Avenue and Groe Street. It looks pretty primitive, but someone still managed to carry in a camera to get this shot.
Later on it became the Hotel Groeand even served as the first church in 1912. Like most buildings of its time, it eventually burned.
On a completely different note — and I’m aware this is a girl talking — how did the woman in this picture keep her apron so white? I can’t keep my own clothes that clean in the kitchen.
*Note: Read comment below about the water system in the picture.