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)
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.
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.
Classes 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
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
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 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.”
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?
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
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.
All 20 correct: Fabulous. Ever considered writing a history book.
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
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.