Lumberman’s Hospital (ca 1920s)

Lumberman's Hospital
Lumberman's Hospital

Recognize this building? It’s the home across from the high school on Mashell, only back in the day it was the Lumberman’s Hospital.

Insurance for Loggers
Dr. A. W. Bridge has a contract with the Eatonville Lumber Company employees where each employee paid $1.00 per month for medical care. Dr. Bridge also had doctors in Kapowsin, Minaerl, Ashford and Morton. (There were no shortage of patients will all the logging taking place.)

In 1923 Dr. Bridge opened offices in Tacoma and in 1926 opened the Bridge Clinic in Tacoma specializing in surgery.

Lumberman's Hospital (across from high school)
Lumberman's Hospital (across from high school)

He continued the hospital in Eatonville until 1932 and had doctors in town until 1946 — the year he retired. All the Bridge Clinic contracts with industrial concerned expired the last week of May, 1946, and the local union signed up with the Pierce County medical Bureau.  (History of Tacoma Eastern Area)

Photos courtesy of Debbie and Gary Saint.

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Clara Jensen – Sunset 1923

Clara Jensen  — 1923 Sunset Article — Washington's Diana
Clara Jensen — 1923 Sunset Article — Washington's Diana

This article, featuring Eatonville’s own Clara Jensen, appeared in Sunset Magazine in 1923.

In the article Mrs. Jensen talks about her hunting skills. Her specialty? Hunting wildcats with her 30-30 carbine and pack of thoroughbred hounds.

Article courtesy of Abbi Wonacott.

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Driving the Banana Special in 1923

1923 Driving the Banana Special
1923 Driving the Banana Special

Pictured here is Ray Williams driving his Banana Special in 1923.

By the 1920s the automobile had become the most popular way to get around. And Henry Ford was putting out new and better models every year.

The roads had to catch up. They were great for horses, but deteriorating with the use of automobiles. You’ll notice here that the roads were still dirt — no cement or asphalt to be seen.

Photo courtesy of Rich Williams.

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