Logging in National (ca. 1920)

High Lead
High Lead

National, Wash. was an active logging area for years. A widely known photographer, Clark Kinsey, who documented the Northwest logging industry took some amazing pictures of the logging sites.

Here is a Kinsey shot taken around 1920. You have to look closely to see the logger. He probably wouldn’t get high marks from OSHA today, but it definitely looks exciting.

The photo is entitled High Lead. High lead logging, a method of cable logging, was pretty common during that time. In fact, you can see the cables strung to the top of the tree. If you’d like to read more about high lead logging, just click here. 

Photos are courtesy of Laurie Anderson Osborn. 

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Hiking on Paradise Glacier (ca. 1920s)

Paradise Glacier (ca. 1920)
Paradise Glacier (ca. 1920)

People probably started hiking on Mount Rainier the day the found out there was a mountain.

Here’s a postcard  of hikers in the early 1900s on Paradise Glacier (Little Nisqually Glacier). This particular glacier has been receding over the last 100 years. Today it looks quite a bit different from this shot.

Photo courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Nisqually Glacier evolution
Nisqually Glacier evolution

Road Camp at La Grande (ca. 1920)

Canyon Road Camp (ca. 1920s)
Canyon Road Camp (ca. 1920)

While the Canyon Road was being built, this was the road camp.

Randy Stewart says, “This was the construction camp in the La Grande Canyon area. There was a small DOT shed there for many years. I think it was removed in the late 1950’s.”

Image courtesy of the South Pierce County Historical Society.

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Big Smile by Hazel Joy Williams (ca. 1920)

Hazel Joy Williams up front
Front: Hazel Joy Williams — Middle: Cecil Williams, Fern Fenton, Fay Williams — Back: Charley Williams, Bill Oxley, Clyde Williams

This may be the cutest picture posted to-date. Just zoom in and tell me you don’t smile.

Rich Williams provides wonderful background on everyone.

“In the front row making the funny face is my father’s (Cecil Williams) youngest sister Hazel Joy Williams. Joy, as she went by, married Cliff Pratt August 3, 1936 and lived most of her life in Gig Harbor.  She taught school at Rosedale Elementary for 36 years. Joy and Cliff had three children; Tom, Joan and Don, who all attended Rosedale Elementary School . While in Joy’s classroom, there was one stipulation — they were never to call her mother during class.  Joy died in 2002 at the age of 90.

“The boy on the left in the middle row is my father Cecil Williams. Dad married my mother Ruth Anderson in 1935 and worked at Eatonville Lumber Company before and after World War II. During the war, he served in the Navy Seabee’s. He was stationed in the Allusion Islands and later on Tinian  in the Mariana Islands. After the war, he had his own electrical business plus he managed the Town of Eatonville electrical department. My folks lived at Clear lake for over 50 years and  Dad passed away in 2003 at the age of 92.

“Center, middle row, is my dad’s cousin, Fern Fenton. Her father, George Fenton, married my grandmother’s sister Merl Duncan. George and my grandfather were best friends.”

“Center right, disgusted with her sister’s antics,  is my father’s older sister Fay Williams. Fay graduated from Eatonville High School in 1926 and was Eatonville’s first May Day Queen. She later married Art Duke. The Duke family homesteaded in the Alder area in the 1890’s.  Art and Fay had two children, Jim and Arlene. Fay worked at Rhodes Department Store for many years and passed away in 2003 at the age of 94.

“In the back row on the left is my grandfather’s older brother Charley Williams. Charley owned and operated the Pioneer Garage in Eatonville.  The building is now the Tall Timber Restaurant.

“Back row, center is a family friend named Bill Oxley.”

“On the right, back row, is my grandfather Clyde Williams. Clyde married Hettie Duncan in 1907. Clyde was a shingle weaver for over thirty years. He worked at Eatonville Lumber Company until the shingle mill closed down then worked at the shingle mill in Mineral until the late 50’s. He retired and lived in Eatonville until 1971. He was determined to be around when Ruthie and I got married August 15, 1971. He died one week later.”

Photo courtesy of Rich and Ruthie Williams.

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The Old Clear Lake School (ca. 1920)

Graduation at Old Clear Lake School
Graduation at Old Clear Lake School

Here’s what’s written on the back of this photo:

The Old Clear Lake School

1974 – Now the John Vitovich residence

I think this is a school graduation. I recognize quite a few, but not enough to catalogue.

My grandfather, Jens N. Fredricksen is on the porch leaning against the building. I am the kid dressed in a white sailor suit holding onto my uncle’s hand, Bill McCutcheon who is standing next to his wife Elsie and then my mother Dora Smith. Grandma Fredricksen is the woman with the white shawl over her head right below my grandma.

Back of Clear Lake School picture
Back of Clear Lake School picture

Others I recognize are Claire, Emily, Dewey Fredricksen; Mrs. Arthur Fredricksen, Fred Guske, Fred Fredricksen and Alfred Breuer Sr.

Presented by William D. Smith

Photo courtesy of Bill Smith.

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