Eatonville’s Animal Ordinances

Hotel Snow with cow
Hotel Snow with cow

Eatonville residents often complain that the deer are eating their flowers. It could be worse. A hundred years ago it was cows and horses in your yard. Here are just some of Eatonville’s animal ordinances

Horse & Cow
March 1911 — Eatonville’s Horse and Cow Ordinance is amended “to allow cows to roam at large during the day”.

August, 1911 Mr. Rivers asks the City Council to restrict cows from running at large at night. The cowbells are keeping citizen from getting a good night’s sleep. The Council declares the cows a public nuisance and the Marshall must notify the cow owners.

March 1912 — Citizens petition the Council that ranging livestock be prohibited, but the Council votes down their request. Undeterred, Councilman Overmire submits a second ordinance to prohibit “the ranging of horses, cattle and chickens.” This ordinance is also voted down. Finally, Councilman Jackson comes up with an ordinance that applies to only horses and cows and only for those running at night. This ordinance passes, but it’s unclear whether the residents are happy with the compromise.

Groe (now Center) Street  1914
Groe (now Center) Street 1914

March 1911 — A Chicken Ordinance is passed and repealed, but in February 1913, chickens are officially curtailed. The Clerk instructs a notice to appear in an official paper publicizing the date chickens are no longer allowed to run at large.

January 1910 — Ordinance passes limiting the speed of horses “and vehicles of any description” to six miles per hour.

Cow Stench
June 1916 — Mr. Smith goes before the Council and demands steps are taken to improve the sanitary conditions on Groe Street (now Center St.). He is unable to keep tenants because of the stench coming from a local dairy barn.

March 1912 — The Marshal and City Clerk are authorized to shoot any rabbits running at large within the city limits.

Mashell Ave ca 1914
Mashell Ave ca 1914

October 1911 — Chinese Pheasants are destroying vegetable gardens and the Mayor authorizes the Marshal to appoint deputies to kill them. Shooting is allowed from Washington Avenue west to the town limits, and from Railroad Ave. north to the town limits. The deputies receive no pay, but they do get to keep the dead pheasants.

March 1911 — T.C. Van Eatontells the Council something has to be done about the rats. The Council puts a bounty of ten cents (about $2.50 today) on each rat. “When captured they should be presented o the Town Clerk who will draw an order on the Town Treasurer for the amount due.”  (Grim news for the Town Clerk.)

Records show that payments ranged from $1.40 to $13.80. There must have been some success in cleaning up the town. By September 1916, the rat bounty was dropped from the town’s budget.

(Information taken from the History of the Tacoma Eastern Area.)

Photos Courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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1913 Baseball team & School Courses

Here is a glimpse into the “Catalogue and Announcement of Eatonville Public Schools for Session 1913-14”. This 28-page catalog was leather bound and contained just everything you needed to know about Eatonville School, including the blueprint of the gymnasium that was under construction.

Shown here is 1913 EHS  baseball team.
Top Row (LtoR): F. Petersen, M. Van Eaton, H. Elmlund, Mr. Lyon, Mr. Hollingsworth, H. Johnson, W. Nettleton.
Bottom Row: (LtoR): C. Williams, E. Pravitz, E. Christensen, R. Christensen, G. Smith.

1913 School catalog - Course Study
1913 School catalog - Course Study

Course Outline
For you academics, you’ll be interested to see that the course outline reads more like today’s colleges. You could pick your course of study — classical, scientific, manual arts or english.

These lines of study look pretty tough, in particular the classical with its heavy emphasis in latin, and the scientific, which included, among other things, zoology and solid geometry.

Images courtesy of Ruthie Williams. 

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Eatonville’s Chicken Ordinance of 1911

Eatonville High School chicken farm around 1914
Eatonville High School chicken farm around 1914

Roaming animals seem to have been a nuisance for Eatonville residents from the start.

Chickens at Large
In March, 1911 Eatonville passed a Chicken Ordinance, keeping folks from letting their chickens roam at large. People must not have taken the ordinance too seriously, because in February, 1913, the Clerk was instructed to publish a notice in the paper telling people when the “ordinance  to prevent chcickens running at large would be in force.” In 1947, the issue came up again.

Roaming Cows
Eatonville also had a “Horse and Cow Ordinance”. In March, 1911 the ordinance was amended to allow cows to roam during the day.

In August 1911, Mr. Rivers was up in arms because many of the cows roaming at night wore bells and were disturbing the sleep of the Eatonville citizens. A resolution was passed making these cows a public nuisance and the town’s Marshall was required to go out and notify the owners of said cows.

Information taken from History of Southeastern Pierce County.

Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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Eatonville School Plant, ca. 1915

Eatonville School, 1915
Eatonville School, 1915

In 1915, when the Eatonville high school was construction, the Eatonville school was one of the best around.

Here is a small write up. I’m not sure where it was published, but it reads . . .

“The above picture gives a panorama view of the Eatonville School Plant. To the left is the grade school, in the center is the gymnasium and on the right the high school.

The later is the newest of the buildings, having been built in 1915. The pay for the $45,000 bond issue was celebrated on Community Day. It is a modern structure and helped greatly to establish the reputation of good schools which Eatonville has. The gymnasium was built in 1913 and is also one of the best in this part of the state.

In the foreground are a number of the busses, which daily transport pupils from outlying districts. By consolidation students attend the Eatonville schools from Alder, La Grande, Clay City, Weyerhaeuser, Silver Lake, Rainier, Edgerton and Benston.”

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Galbraith home 1925-today

Kids  being picked up at the Galbraith home
Kids being picked up at the Galbraith home

Recognize this home? It’s known by some as the Galbraith home and is still there today — near the Millpond Park. The home was built for John H. Galbraith in 1925 and was added to the National Register in 1982.

Mill President & Mayor
The Galbraith name was well known in Eatonville, especially in the early part of the 1900s.  T. S. Galbraith was one of the owners of the Eatonville mill. And in 1922 you would have referred to J. H. Galbraith as Mayor.

T. S. Galbraith operated a saw mill and shingle mill in Tacoma, before it burned down. Around 1913, after operating the Eatonville mill for two years, he and E. J. McNeeley bought a controlling interest in the company and reorganized with E.  J. McNeeley as president, T. S. Galbraith as VP and mangaer, S. L. Barnes as secretary and J. H. Glabraith, treasure.

Galbraith House
Galbraith House

In 1925 E. J. McNeeley sold his stock to T. S. Glabraith and in 1930 T.S. sold his stock to John H. Glabraith who then became president. It wasn’t until 1941 when J. H. Galbraith sold his interest in the mill. He moved to Gig Harbor. (History of Southeastern Pierce County.)

Photo courtesy of the Tacoma Public Library archives.

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Finding a Dentist in 1913

1913, Dentist M. Marsh's ad in Eatonville School Catalog
1913, Dentist M. Marsh's ad in Eatonville School Catalog

If you needed some dental work in 1913, you probably saw Dr. W. Marsh. Here’s his ad that ran in 1913 in the Eatonville School Catalog. It’s definitely simple and to the point.

His phone number is easy to remember too — 20.

Interesting Fact: The first American toothbrush was patented by H.N. Wadsworth and began being mass produced in 1885.

Photo courtesy of Ruthie Williams.

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Snow Hotel Ad (1913)

Snow Hotel
Snow Hotel

If you visited Eatonville in 1913, you would probably stay at the Snow Hotel, which was located next to the Eatonville Bank.

It was built around 1912 and this ad ran in the Eatonville School catalog in 1913.

It says they offer both the American and  “European Plan“. If a European plan was the same then as now, that mean it was lodging only and no meals.

Rates were $2.00 a night, which would have been around $46.00 today.

Photo courtesy of Ruthie Williams.

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Snow Hotel Ad, 1913

Snow Hotel Ad, 1913



Amazing shot of Eatonville in 1913

Downtown Eatonville - 1913
Downtown Eatonville – 1913

Even thought this picture was taken in 1913, you can see see the outline of the town it is today. And that odd intersection by the bank.

If you click on the image and enlarge you case see lots of detail. Like on the left hand side is T.C. Van Eaton’s store (now a parking lot next to Kirk’s Pharmacy).

The bank hasn’t been built yet, but there seems to be a open space on the corner just waiting for it to be built.

The clump of buildings (center right) is the Snow Hotel is where the Eatonville Manor stands today. The tiny building in the back looks to be T.C. Van Eaton’s original cabin, which was moved to the Milltown park.


T.C. Van Eaton’s Ad for City Lots (1913)

T.C. Van Eaton Ad, 1913
T.C. Van Eaton Ad, 1913

This ad appeared in the 1913-1914 Eatonville School catalog. If you were interested in building a home in Eatonville, T.C. Van Eaton was the guy to get ahold of.

He offers easy terms of $5 to $10 a month, which were very reasonable. $10 back then was equivalent to approximately $228 today.

Photo courtesy of Ruthie Williams.

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Post Office – 1913

Post Office 1913
Post Office 1913

In 1913 the postoffice was open, even on Christmas.

This picture is scanned from a postcard written to Mr. and Mrs. H. Kjelstad on December 25, 1913, and postdated the same day. Postage back then was 1 cent.

Pictured on the left is Fred Matheney, Eatonville’s first rural carrier with his car loaded with the day’s mail, in December, 1913. The man pictured with him is believed to be C.H. Williams, who was the second postmaster in town.

According to History of Tacoma Eastern Area, the post office came to Eatonville right along with founder T.C. Van Eaton. He opened a post office in his first building on the town site and immediately secured a government contract to carry mail.

The Dispatch wrote in 1974, “[T.C.] Van Eaton’s first commission as Postmaster bore the signature of Benjamin Harrison, then President of the United States.  After serving for 18 years, Van Eaton signed the petition to C.H. Williams in 1907.”

Photo courtesy of Rich Williams.

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