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Canyada Lodge 1947
Canyada Inn 1947

The Canyada Lodge has fascinated folks around the area for years. This small piece of memorabilia is featured on Ebay this week. You can buy the 1947 postcard for about $10.00.

This is an image of the second Canyada Inn, rebuilt by Mr. Lenk in 1931 after the original lodge burned in 1927. It was modern and inviting and featured Mrs. Lenk’s chicken dinner. It unfortunately, it too is gone.

But the postcards live on.

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Canyada Lodge (ca. 1912)

Canyada Lodge Ad
Canyada Lodge Ad

Here’s an advertisement postcard for the Canyada Lodge, which was located in La Grande, Wash.

Canyada Lodge is Calling You
An ideal place to spend the week ends or stop over night to and from America’s most beautiful Mountain. Our rooms are comfortable and modern in every respect. Table service family style. You will not be disappointed with our Fried Chicken Dinner with hot biscuits and country gravy. Our breakfasts and luncheons are unexcelled. 

It was an amazing retreat in its day.Unfortunately, it burned in 1927. For more information on the lodge, just click here.

Image courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Four Horsemen of Eatonville (1927)

Four Horsemen (1927)
Four Horsemen (1927)

Pulled straight from the Smith family photo album are the 1927 Four Horsemen of Eatonville.

From left to right: Fred Brown — mile, 880 & 100;
Libero Seggheti — low and high hurdles, discus, javelin, 50 yds.;
Ed Primley – 440, 220, 100, 50 yds.;
Orville Smith — high and broad jumps and pole vault.

Behind them is Supt. E. P. Todd and Coach Beckett.

Photo courtesy of the Smith family.

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Drive up to Mount Rainier (ca. 1920)

Drive to Rainier - ca. 1920
Drive to Rainier – ca. 1920

Folks have been driving up to Mount Rainier since there were wheels to get the up there.

If you’ve been up to Paradise, you’ll see breathtaking views of the mountain and fields of wildflowers. It wasn’t always so beautiful up there, in fact it sounds like it was a three-ring circus up there in the 1920s and 30s.

Here’s a quote from The Big Fact Book About Mount Rainier.

“In 1923, the laundry and ice cream plant moved from Longmire to Paradise. In 1927, the Rainier Park Boat Company had a boat rental concession and general store at Reflection Lakes. By 1931, 275 cabins and golf course cover the present flower fields at Paradise. There was also a tent city, and snowshoe rental facility, the guide house, photo shop, a horse rental corral and barn, and the “Tatoosh Club” In the summer thers were also boys camps.”

Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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Early Canyada Lodge

Canyada Lodge, ca. 1920
Canyada Lodge, ca. 1920

Couldn’t resist purchasing this photo of Canyada Lodge off Ebay. Can almost picture someone excited about their stay at the fancy lodge taking this picture to show her friends. To take a look at some shots inside, just click HERE.

For those of you not familiar with the lodge, it had a short , but glorious, life in La Grande. It was built in 1912 and burned in 1927. There are several posts about this lodge on this site. And, to  read the 1919 brochure about the place, you can click HERE.

Photo courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Inside Canyada Lodge

Canyada fire place
Canyada fire place

The Canyada Lodge built in La Grande, Wash., was a luxury stay in its day. The lodge was built around 1912 (around the same time the Titanic set sail) and burned down in 1927. It was rebuilt, but not as lavish.

For images of the later Canyada Lodges, click HERE.

Photos courtesy of Rich Williams.

Canyada Lodge dining area
Canyada Lodge dining area

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Humorous Moments with the First Eatonville Firefighters

Left to right: Clair Daly, Dan Christensen, Joseph C. Larin, Arne Haynes, Chief Hugo LaPlante, Norman Vaughn and George Hlavin
Left to right: Clair Daly, Dan Christensen, Joseph C. Larin, Arne Haynes, Chief Hugo LaPlante, Norman Vaughn and George Hlavin

Eatonville residents were quick to build the town, but slow to put together a fire department. The first fire department wasn’t organized until 1933 after the Sabourin Building burned.

The two-story Sabourin building caught fire in the middle of the night and Eatonville residents rushed over with the hose cart on buggy wheels, unrolled the line, fastened the nozzle and waited. No water. It turned out that on Halloween kids had made off with the town’s only wrench that would turn on the water.

“In a frenzy, men beat on the standpipe valve with stones, whanged it with hammers, fought it with wrench and in about half an hour got water,” said Joseph C. Larin, one of Eatonville’s first volunteer firefighters in a 1948 article.

Unfortunately, the hose hadn’t been drained or stored properly and the canvas lining burst in four places. The building was lost.

First Fire Chief
Soon after Eatonville elected a fire chief and secretary of the first official volunteer fire department and badges were ordered from a mail house. They quickly realized to keep up the interest of the volunteers they would have to get a motorized vehicle.  “Tottering about town with the buggy-wheeled horse cart, followed by a half dozen yapping dogs, proved to be too much for all but the most hardy spirits,” said Larin.

The fire department raised $25 and purchased a 1927 coupe from a farmer that had used it to take chickens to market. Men donated time to transform the vehicle. Among other things, a large box was placed on the back to carry the hose, and a running board was built around the coupe for the firemen to stand as they raced to fires.

A siren was added too, which was critical. “The rig had no brakes and was dependent on the siren to clear the way,” said Larin.

A siren in town was added by Fire Chief Dan Christensen to replace the bell. On the test, a cow’s mooing overpowered the quiet siren and it was back to the bell.

“The whole town was waiting tensely for someone’s house to catch fire so the new outfit could perform,” said Larin. “But week after week went by, until the eager volunteers became despairing”.

Fisrt Fire
Finally a fire broke out at a store in Elbe, but Larin said the night seemed jinxed form the start. One of the firemen came running with his clothes in a bundle. He climbed in the hose box and dressed as they sped down the highway as fast as possible.

“Over the rattles and squeaks of the truck, and the roar of the wind past our ears, in the windshieldless truck, the fireman’s voice rose in a wail: “Boys, I grabbed up my clothes so fast I forgot to bring my pants.’”

That was only the start. The coupe’s wheels and tires weren’t built to support heavy equipment or the weight of a dozen 200-pound men.  The first flat tire caused a half hour delay, not to mention embarrassment. “It was witnessed by half the population of Eatonville, who were following us in cars,” said Larin.

Two more tires burst along they way, but they didn’t stop. When the truck pulled into Elbe it was riding on rims and the tires were shredded. The firefighters couldn’t save the store, but they did save the neighboring house and garage.

A firemen’s ball (35 cents a ticket, 50 cents a couple) raised enough for replacement tires and wheels.

Where’s the Fire
The switchboard operators also added hurdles. When someone called to report a fire and to ring the fire bell, the operator sometimes got so excited he or she would forget to ask who was asking for help.

“We had no alternative but the embarrassing expedient of driving up and down the streets shouting to passers-by as we went: “Hey, do you know where the fire is?”

Photo courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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EHS Sophomore Class 1926-27

EHS Sophomore class, 1926-27
EHS Sophomore class, 1926-27

With school back in session for the 2012-2013 year, it’s fun to look back the classes than went before.

Here’s a shot of the sophomore class of 26-27, who stood on the high school steps 86 years ago. You may recognize a few names.

Front Row: George Case, Elizabeth Case, Jessie Swanson, Marguerite Christensen, Leonard Wright
Second Row: Hugh Beckett – Teacher Adviser, Grace Monohan, Elsie Boyles, Venetta Lund, Agnes Mensik, Berniece Asplund, Margaret Griffith Third Row: Dave Benston, Marvin Brock, Carl Langberg, Ross LeMaster, Mike Schutsky
Fourth Row: Edison Rathbone, Elmer Schnell, Carl Bernent, Phillip Carlson, Orville Smith, Fred Brown

Photo courtesy of Smith family.

Class names - EHS Sophomore, 1926-27
Class names - EHS Sophomore, 1926-27

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Day in the Dispatch – Feb. 9, 1927

Piece of a page from the Eatonville Dispatch, February, 1927
Piece of a page from the Eatonville Dispatch, February, 1927

This snippet from the Eatonville Dispatch, February 9, 1927, gives you a feeling for the everyday goings on in the town the. Some things harken back to a simpler time, when who visited was a newsworthy item. In other areas we can see how far we’ve come as a society (i.e. we’re no longer referring to folks as “colored”).

But for the most part, life goes on like it always has. Movies are still playing in town (although then they were silent). There are still politics — T.C. Van Eaton and H.S. Pravitz battling it out for school director. There are tragedies, like the death of someone taken too young, and there is still good fun, like dances and suitcase contests, which Frank Van Eaton wins, dressing like a woman.

Life in Eatonville. The more it changes, the more it stays the same.

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Image courtesy of Linda Lewis.