Waiving from the Flag Pole (1914)

Henry Christensen helping up the flag pole
Henry Christensen helping up the flag pole

We did a post a while back about the flag pole going up in 1914. Roni Johnson had an even better photo (from her family album) of the event. Here is Henry Christensen waiving from the top of the pole.

“Grandma’s family had the telephone company so all of her brothers were used to running up and down the poles. The girls ran the switchboard,” says Roni.

If this picture looks a little familiar, it’s because the Eatonville Bank is still on the corner of Mashell. Although the Snow Motel to the left is longer standing.

Photo courtesy of Roni Johnson.

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1914 Eatonville/Longmire Postcard

Little Mashell Falls

This little piece of history was just for sale on Ebay. It’s a postcard from W. Harding to Elsie Holgate in Longmire Springs (the area seven miles outside Mount Rainier National Park).  It’s a shot of the Little Mashel (Mashell) Falls, which is still a popular hiking spot today on Pack Forest property.

This is extra special because Longmire Springs is relatively unheard of today.

“In 1883 James Longmire built a trail from Succotash Valley in Ashford 13 miles (21 km) to the hot springs where he built cabins in the area which now bears his name.  John Muir described staying there on the way to his ascent of Mount Rainier in 1888.

The oldest surviving structure in the National Park is a cabin built by Longmire’s son Elcaine Longmire at the springs in 1888. It is located north of the road in the area now called Longmire Meadows.

From 1899 to 1904 approximately 500 people a year visited Longmire Springs in the summer months. They reached the area by train to Ashford and then on Longmire’s wagon trail.

They enjoyed the mineral springs and the view of Mount Rainier. They could also hike to Paradise or Indian Henry’s Hunting Grounds, both about 6 miles from Longmire Springs on trails built by the Longmire family.” (Wikipeida.org)

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1914 Eatonville Fire Department Map

1914 Fire Department Map
1914 Fire Department Map

This is an incredible 1914 Eatonville Fire Department map.

Of course, for years, the Eatonville Fire Department didn’t have the best reputation. Some might say at times they were more liability than asset.

For a great, humorous article about the early days of the Eatonville Fire Department, just click HERE.

Photo courtesy of Erik Snyder. 

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Left to right: Clair Daly, Dan Christensen, Joseph C. Larin, Arne Haynes, Chief Hugo LaPlante, Norman Vaughn and George Hlavin
Left to right: Clair Daly, Dan Christensen, Joseph C. Larin, Arne Haynes, Chief Hugo LaPlante, Norman Vaughn and George Hlavin


The First EHS Graduates – 1914

Ed Christensen, 1st Eatonville Grad, 1914
Ed Christensen, 1st Eatonville Grad, 1914

This is a big year for Eatonville High School. It marks the 100th high school graduation.

The 1914 class was a particularly small one — two students — Ed Christensen and Susan Van Eaton. There is no picture of the two together because Ed and Susan refused to have photos taken together because they thought it would look like they were married. The two students graduated and went on two very different paths.

Ed Christensen
Soon after the graduation, in July 1914, World War I broke out. Not long after Ed graduated, he left to fight with the troops. He was one of the lucky ones and made it back home.

On September 12, 1919, Eatonville threw a “Welcome Home” for all the men who had returned from service. That day, Ed was one of the 33 men who “fell into line at the upper end of Mashell Avenue and T. C. Van Eaton was there to give the “Welcome Home” address. Unfortunately, Ed’s life was cut short, much too soon. Just two years later, in June of 1921, Ed died tragically from electrocution while “repairing a motor at Camp Lewis.”

Susan Van Eaton
Susan, the daughter of T. C. Van Eaton led a much different life.

Hazel William with her sister Carolyn on the left and Susan Van Eaton on the right
Hazel William with her sister Carolyn on the left and Susan Van Eaton on the right

Her nephew, Pat Van Eaton says, “Susan met a young electrical engineer assigned to the building of Eatonville High School fell in love with him a married him soon after graduating.”

Susan raised and family and her daughter, Rose Steiner, is still alive and living on Whidbey Island.

Today we’re used to calculators and computers in the classroom, not to mention the amazing teaching tools available on the web. In 1914 is was literally “old school” — chalkboards, books, pencils, paper and inkwells.

If you’re curious what you would have been studying at EHS back in 1914, here is a list of the classes from the school’s catalog:
Freshmen: English, Algebra, Physical Geography, Agriculture
Sophomore: English, Plane Geometry, Botany or Zoology, Latin

1914, Poultry Farm at Eatonville High School
1914, Poultry Farm at Eatonville High School

Junior: English, Algebra 1-2 year, Higher Arithmetic 1-2 yr., English History, Physics Senior: English, American History and Civics, Chemistry, Review of Com. Branches In addition, each year a student could choose an elective.

They could pick from:
• Ancient History
• Medieval or Modern History
• English History
• Agriculture or Horticulture
• Physiology • German • Sociology

Eatonville Basketball team - 1914
Eatonville Basketball team – 1914

Extra Activities
EHS had a vibrant athletic department, including not only baseball, but also both girls’ and boys’ basketball teams. And don’t forget the top notch EHS debate team, which in 1913-14 trounced Roy. Congratulations EHS!

For a century teachers and staff have worked and devoted their careers to preparing students for the life ahead. And congratulations to the class of 2014. Go out there and make history!

Eatonville General Hospital Ad (1913)

1913 Eatonville General Hospital Ad
1913 Eatonville General Hospital Ad

Eatonville used to have a hospital. It was located on the second floor of Kirk’s Pharmacy. Here’s an ad that ran in the 1913-14 Eatonville School catalog. The ad states that it’s a hospital for “medical, surgical and obstetrical cases.”

At the time A. W. Bridge, M.D. was the owner. Dr. Bridge would go on to leave money to the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in his mother’s name, which is still operating today.

Photo courtesy of Rich and Ruthie Williams.

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1914 Map of Eatonville

1914 Map of Eatonville - School
1914 Map of Eatonville – School

This 1914 map is broken down into three pieces.

In the first section you can see the Eatonville school, which had just been built. The second section covers downtown and you’ll immediately see Mashell Ave. and Center Street. The third section details the Eatonville Lumber mill. If you look closely, all the buildings are labeled.


Courtesy of Pat Van Eaton and the Historical Society.

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1914 Map of Eatonville - Downtown
1914 Map of Eatonville – Downtown


1914 Map of Eatonville - Mill
1914 Map of Eatonville – Mill

Eatonville Trivia – Test your Knolwedge

Boys-being-interviewedEatonvile Triva

How well do you know your Eatonville history? Here are a few questions to test your knowledge.

1. What was the company that helped build the town in the early 1900s?

2. What was the town’s population in 1930: (a) 1,101 (b) 912 (c) 1,440

3. What was the town’s population in 1974: (a) 2,104 (b) 1,048 (c) 902

4. What Native American was known as a friend to T.C. Van Eaton and other Eatonville pioneers?

5. In 1970 Eatonville was in the news because of what event?

6. In 1952 a group of loggers built the Swanson airport. What else did they build at the same time?

7. In 1972 a television camera crew came out to interview Eatonville youth about what event?

8. In 1929 Rainier Connect went by what name?

9. What doctor began his practice in Eatonville and is still making a big difference in children’s lives today.

10. Who was the Court Commissioner in 1968?

11. What was Ohop Bob?

12. Who was Adam Sachs?

13. Who were the first two graduates of Eatonville in 1914?

1912 Basket Ball Team
1912 Basket Ball Team

14. What was the Eatonville town budget in 1938? (a) $10,305  (b) $5,410 (c) $2,607

15. Who built the Roxy Theater?

16. Who were T. S. Galbraith and John Galbraith?
17. What did they produce at Clay City?

18. Why is 1912 an important year for Eatonville basketball?

19. What was operation Bootstrap?

20. Why does Eatonville have that weird intersection at Mashell and Center?



1. The Eatonville Lumber Company
2. 912
3. 902

City Hall, Police Dept., Utilities
City Hall, Police Dept., Utilities

4. Indiana Henry
5. The Rock festival
6. The Kid’s Pond
7. A Bigfoot sighting
8. Mashell Telephone and Telegraph Company
9. Dr. A. W. Bridge. He left his money to a children’s hospital in his mother’s name — Mary Bridge. Today Mary Bridge Children’s’ Hospital is still providing care to thousands of kids.
10. Rosemarie Van Cleve.
11. Ohop Bob was a restaurant that overlooked Ohop Valley. Besides a great view, it was known for its fabulous chicken dinners.
12. Adam built and operated the first mill and logging camp in Elbe.
13. Ed Christensen and Susan Van Eaton.
14. The town’s expenses were $2,607. However, the light and water departments ($7,920 and $2,800 respectively) were considered separate and generated their own revenue.
15. A. G. Pecchia
16. T.S. Galbraith was the owner of the Eatonville Lumber Co. In 1930, John Galbraith, T.S. Galbraith’s son, purchased the mill from his dad.
17. Bricks, which are found in many of the town’s buildings.
18. 1912 was the first year Eatonville had a basketball team.
19. After the Eatonville mill shut in 1953, residents banded together to keep the town alive. The huge effort was called Operation Bootstrap.
20. The town’s well as located on the corner and roads were built around it.

Far West Clay operation
Far West Clay operation

All 20 correct: Fabulous. Ever considered writing a history book.

15-19:  Wow! You’re got Eatonville in your blood

10-14:  Nicely done!

5-13: OK. Half right is still pretty good.

0-4:  Oh my. Well, there’s always next time.



Eatonville Baseball Team (1914)

Eatonville's Baseball Team, 1914
Eatonville’s Baseball Team, 1914

1914 was a big year in baseball. On April 22, a nineteen year-old pitcher named Babe Ruth made his debut in the International League with a six-hit, 6-0 win for Baltimore over Buffalo.  The same year Ty Cobb signed with the Tigers for another year.

Baseball was also a big part of the sports scene in Eatonville too. Here’s the Eatonville 1914 team.

Top Row – left to right: Edward Christensen, Roy Wright, C, Charles Jackson, Lar (?) Johnson, Clarence Williams, John Galbraith

Bottom Row – left to right: Ward Nettleton, Hensy Christensen, Frank Van Eaton

Photo courtesy of the Parnell family.

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Names of Players from photo
Names of Players from photo

EHS Girls Baseball Team – 1914

1914 EHS Girls Baseball Team
1914 EHS Girls Baseball Team

A century ago the gals at Eatonville high school were hitting them out of the park. Here the is the 1914 team. A great shot of  EHS sluggers.

As you can tell by the names on the back, it’s a bit hard to know for certain who everyone was, but here’s a start.

Front Row, LtoR: Unknown, Unknown, Susan Van Eaton, Annie Potter, Dorothy Bratner, Helen Wilson, and Anna Kreger, Unknown

Middle Row, LtoR: Signe Green, ? Houser, Unkown, Helen Engle

Back Row: LtoR: Maryann Engle, Jeasee Pravitz, Carrie Nagley, Hennie Neusen, Louise Mensik, Helen Houser, Unknown, ? Houser, Emily Fredricksen, Unkown.

If you can fill in some of the names, please let me know.

Names of 1914 EHS Girls Baseball team
Names of 1914 EHS Girls Baseball team

Photo courtesy of the Smith family.

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Van Eaton’s General Store (ca. 1910)

T. C. Van Eaton's building, standing where Kirk's parking lot is today.
T. C. Van Eaton’s building, standing where Kirk’s parking lot sits today.

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.

A.Y. Lindsey Co., Marshell Ave. (early 1900s)
A.Y. Lindsey Co., Marshell Ave. (early 1900s)

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.

Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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