Got these two RPPCs (real photo post cards) off Ebay of Ohop Valley. They show the early farms and their development. The first one was taken been 1907-1920, then second was a little later (ca. 1930s). The trees have grown in some, and another barn went up.
The RPPCsare a great piece of history — people capturing the pieces of history with their Kodak cameras. On the backs of the cards you came sometimes tell the date based on the printing. Here’s a resource if you’re curious about any of your RPPC dates. Real Photo Guide.
The Canyon Road was quite an undertaking in 1919. Built on a cliff side, roads had to often be blasted out of rock. Today the road is being repair, but they should feel lucky it’s a repair and not the back breaking work on building.
Logging trucks have come a long way. Griffith and Graeber logging were getting huge logs out of the woods with what looks like an early 1920s Kelly truck. From this photo, it looks like the tree might win.
Charley Boettcher’s pond was a fun swimming hole, but was originally mill pond. They got a permit to build it. It had a concrete spill way and an earth dam.
“Chas. Boettcher, Glen Parks and Frank Shepherd formed the Nisqually Single Mill Co. and built a two-machine shingle mill in 1914 at the mouth of Alder Creek. This is where the first dam was built by the City of Tacoma across the Nisqually River and it formed a small lake. They used this for a mill pond. They also engaged in logging on a small scale, using the lake to float their logs to the railroad. They ceased operations in 1920.” (Per History of Southeastern Pierce County)
Pat Van Eaton says that after the mill was closed in the 1920s, Charley planted trees, added some fish and installed diving boards.
The next shot is of Charley sitting at his pond in later in his life.
Images courtesy of Pat Van Eaton and the Boettcher family.
The Eatonville Lumber Company was in operation until the 1950s and a major employer of the town. Here is one of the company’s locomotives taking trees from the nearby forests.
Pat Van Eaton says (below), “The Class C 70-3 Shay locomotive #3053 was built in Lima, Ohio, February 20, 1920 for the Eatonville Lumber Company.
It carried 3,000 gallons of water and a road weight of 79 tons with fuel and other added equipment.
According to the factory records, it burned coal, but that may not ben the case as the cinders would have caused forest fires. Mostly likely it burned oil because the stack has no screen.
It was leased to Tacoma Rail on January 5, 1944 and was sold to Sauk River Lumber Co., Darrington, Wash., February 27, 1948, who scrapped it in the early 1950s. The Lima Locomotive Works built 582 Class C Shays before they ceased building them in 1945. They built 2,767 Shay Locomotives of all sizes.”
This advertisement is geared to get your mouth watering: “We boast of our home cooking. All meals are served family style. Our fried “Chicken Dinners,” with hot biscuits and country gravy, too well known to speak of, are a thing of pride with us. To come once is to come again and bring your friends.”
The Eatonville phone number was easy to remember – 512.