The first is an extremely steep incline, with tracks running at least half the way up. If you zoom in you can see the cables hanging from the poles and the well-used transport cars at the bottom of the hill.
The second shot was also taken of the Pacific National Lumber Co., in National, in September of the same year, capturing the steam donkeyand crew. Take a look at the enormous timbers the men are sitting on.
Although the technology and steep-slope logging techniques have changed over last 86 years, it looks like logging suspenders have stayed in fashion.
Photos courtesy of the South Pierce County Historical Society.
Growing up, I was confused about May Day. Why did some people call it Community Day and others May Day? Why did only our town celebrate it? And what was with the Maypole?
Now that I’ve read up on it, the confusion is understandable. The short version is that Community Day or May Day is a combination of events. The longer version is . . .
Cleaning up the Town Community Day got its start in 1913 writes B. W. Lyon. At that time, the town was 800 people, a few saloons and stores and a wood schoolhouse. “The children were careless about marking, and the buildings were marred and streets and vacant lots and much of the residence property was strewn with rubbish,” says Lyon in 1954.
The kids cleaned up the school grounds and got so excited they went to Mayor Nettletonand suggested a “town clean up day” to remove the graffiti. The residents got into the event and rubbish was soon going up in smoke. What couldn’t be burned was hauled away — and community day was born.
The following Community Day included a baseball game and socializing. “We made the Community Day a time when old timers could come back and meet many of their old friends,” says Lyon.
Tacoma Eastern Fair In 1914 the Tacoma Eastern Fairstarted up and was soon incorporated into Community Day. In 1917 people could exhibit and win one or more of the 1,450 prizes handed out. Directors of the Fair were from all the communities — from Kapowsin to Ashford — and Lyon as president.
As the years progressed the popular Community Day programs were “varied and elaborate”. In 1926 over 3,000 people attended (based on the population that would be 8,000+ today). It took two days to build the booths and the highlight that year was laying the cornerstone of the Masonic Lodge.
Royal Court A May Fete, or royal court, was started in 1919, by Bertha Mahaffie. It was its own event and held on May Day, until 1926 when it too was combined with Community Day. The first Community Day royalty were Queen Faye Williams and King Bill Smith.
By about 1936 Community Day had become mostly a May Fete celebration — grade school children “participated with folk dances before the floral throne of the king and queen”, and there were also track events, a school baseball game, a senior play in the evening, and displays by different grades and school departments.
Fast forward 75 years to the first Friday in May. Eatonville still celebrates Community Day . . . or May Day.
The buildings around Eatonville have housed quite a few different businesses over the decades.
Ruth and Waddell’s Confectionery was probably today’s Pour House. The store was gutted in 1923 by a fire that tore through town.
I’m guessing the picture was taking around 1926 because that’s when Royal Ice Cream(still in operation today) started delivering products. And also because the “straw boater’s hat” which the man on the left is sporting, was the height of style back then.
A little about the owners Owners Frank Ruth and Waddell were both active businessmen, but not much is written about them. Besides owning the Confectionery, we know Frank was on the town council for some time and Lee open a place called Columbia Cafe in 1912.
This picture has a little wear and tear, but it’s one of my favorites of Center Street, taken around 1926. You can clearly see Christensen’s Clothing (now the Sears building), and kitty corner from it is the Eatonville Bank.
Some of the hot topics in Eatonville that year were:
• The paving of Mountain Road (known now as Highway 7). It was paved except through the Nisqually Canyonand Ashford celebrated with a dance in September.
• Clay company reopens. The Far West Clay Co. of Clay City got started up under new management after having been out of operation for a four years.
• Friendly Inn. The inn was remodeled and reopened. Little did they know it would become the scene of an unsolved two years later.
• Bootleggers Sermons. Rev. C. L. Walker of the Community Methodist Churchpreached a series of sermons on about liquor, including: “Pure Moonshine, Or How Will you Have Your Poison?” and “The Failure of Prohibition — can a man be Patriotic and still break the laws he does not like?”
Folks are gathered here in the Ohop Grange for Christmas dinner, probably around 1926 when the building went up.
The Ohop Grange was chartered October 24, 1924, and has been active every since.
The first meetings were held at the Edgerton Schoolhouse until the grange was constructed. The members built it themselves for only $650 in materials.
It’s always been kind of a community center for the Ohop Valley residents — like myself. My earliest memories involve being part of Grange Christmas pageants and Dad dressed up like Santa. Today everything is held there from meeting to anniversaries celebrations — even my brother’s wedding reception was held there.