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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Mack Logging Truck — 1920s

1926 Mack Logging Truck
1926 Mack Logging Truck

Loggers have been falling trees from Eatonville to Rainier for generations. This 1926 Mack Truck, must have been quite the rig in it’s time.

The tires are a far cry from today’s commercial truck tires. Here’s a fun video of an old Mack — not as old as the photo though — hauling wood.

I don’t know who this truck belonged to. If you have any information on this photo, please share.

Photo courtesy of Gary & Debbie Saint.

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