Josie Johnston posted this picture on Facebook the other day. It inspired some memories from locals.
Josie: I’m just messing around on some historical research sites today and found this very cool view of what the Hotes Hallused to look like. I did not know it was an IOOF before it was a Mason’s hall, but from this photo, I’m guessing it must have been.
Full description: “Black and white, close oblique angle linen backed photographic image of commercial buildings on one side of an Eatonville, Pierce County, WA street, 1942. Two story building in image center is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall. The U.S. Post Office is on the first floor of the building. Sign in the post office street window: Register Now (Selective Service). The Roxy Theatre is in a building near image right edge. A bicycle is leaning against the street curb in front of the post office.”
Dixie Walter: When I moved back to town in 1960 the Dispatch was located in one of those places with the windows…not sure when the paper moved there since in those days once a newspaper picked a site it stayed a long time…the presses were huge and extremely heavy so no one liked to move much…sometime in the early 60s the paper moved to the little building next to where ERA used to be. Now it’s no problem to move papers as computers are soooo much easier to pack up and go wherever…I’ll see if Bob knows anything about the other photo showing the mountain. I’ve seen it before, probably during the Centennial…
Phillip David Smith: I was a past Master Canceller of DeMolay in the 60’s and spent a lot of great times at that Mason Hall; had a lot of great dances up there. Thank God we also had someone running the Roxy during that time.
Alice Wingrove: There was an ice cream store next to the Roxy and after a movie we would stop and get a cone to eat on the way home, Doris Olden Vormerstrand use to work there and she would really load the cones full of ice cream.
Karen Laura Lane Phelan: On the corner was the Post Office. The lodge was upstairs and Rainbow Girls and Demolay Boys sponsored dances for the high school kids. Further down was the Dispatch Office. At one time, Lorraine LaPlante had a little soda shop in there before you got to Pecheos Roxy Theater
This shot of the old Eatonville Theater taken in the late 50s, taken by Joe Larin, makes the town look like a ghost town. A new theater had been built but this time, just down on Mashell Ave.
Today the building is home to the Eatonville Dance Center.
For those that are interested in a brief history of the building, this comes courtesy of Rich and Ruthie Williams:
Early history This building was Eatonville’s first movie theater. It was built in 1915 by Frank Van Eaton. When the foundation and floors were completed around the end of June, the Town decided to celebrate by having their fourth of July dance on this surface.
Later, the addition of walls allowed it to be used briefly as a skating rink. When the building was completed, there was no electricity. A two cylinder kerosene generator supplied power for the first silent films. During the “silent” days, a piano was played during the show; first by A.U. Fairburnand later, Miss Ethel Stinnette.
In addition to film accompaniment, the pianist sold pop corn before the movie and during intermission from a stand set up on a vacant lot next to the theater. In 1922, Angelo Pecchiabought the theater from Frank Van Eaton. Eight years later, in 1930, the “talkies” were first introduced and shown at this theater. In 1931, Angelo married Regina. Mr. and Mrs. Pecchia operated the theater at this location for 20 years. In 1942, they moved into their new theater building next to Hotes Hall on Mashell Avenue.
Past Lives Since then, the building has housed a Pentecostal Church, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Eatonville Furniture, operated by Pat and Judy Bertram.
Dance Center & Upholstery Shop
In 2006, Rich and Ruthie Williams purchased the building from Pat Bertram and used it as a warehouse for two years.
In 2009, they renovated the building and converted the furniture store into a dance studio. Justine Reed currently leases the front of the building and manages the Eatonville Dance Center. Pat Bertram still leases the back portion of the building and operates his upholstery shop.
As I write this, the image here is for sale on Ebay. The information on the photo reads: “Photograph shows a workman standing next to a Pelton water wheel case for La Grande Dam on the Nisqually River in Washington.”
To see how one of Lester Pelton’s water wheels operates, you can check out this YouTube video.
Lester Pelton, known by some as the father of hydroelectric power, died in 1908, so he didn’t get a chance to see this particular water wheel in operation.
This picture was provided by Carol Block. You wouldn’t recognize the house, because it’s currently being torn down (on Mashell Ave., on the corner past Roxy).
Carol says, “This is a picture of my grandparents and three of their children. Left to right, Charley Jones, ( Alvin Jones’s father), Lydia Jones, Clarence Jones (Delores Malcom‘s father), Margaret Dinwiddie (Janet Hayden and Carol Block’s Mother), George Jones (Johnny Jones father and Dale and David Cronkhite grandfather) and Charles Jones.
This was taken about 1942, My grandfather died in 1945 and grandmother in 1946. My mother inherited the house and lived there until they built the one nest to it in 1970. Just a side note, DuWayne Block’s parents lived in this house before my grandparents bought it.”
Carol adds, “We had an outhouse in back. Grandma had chickens and rabbits, grandpa had a cow, all on the main street of Eatonville.”
War fation books were common place during WWII. Here’s June (Duffy) Carney’s booklet.
The Start of the Rationing By summer 1941 the Office of Price Administration believed,that with factories converting to military production and consuming many critical supplies, rationing would become necessary if the country entered World War II. It established a rationing system after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Civilians first received ration books—War Ration Book Number One, or the “Sugar Book”—on 4 May 1942. (Wikipedia)
War Ration Book Four “Ration book four was printed in red, blue and green. Each stamp was illustrated with a military symbol such as a naval ship, airplane, tank, gun, horn of plenty or torch of liberty, adding a patriotic flair. Ration book four also introduced red and blue cardboard tokens, each valued at one-point, to be used as change for ration coupon purchases.
“Before the use of tokens, people had to present the exact number of points for the purchase of merchandise or forfeit the difference. For example, if a can of corn was listed at 7 ration points, and the purchaser had only a 10 point stamp left for the week, she would lose three ration points as part of the purchase.
“When tokens came into use, the purchaser could receive three tokens, each worth one point, in exchange. An advantage of tokens was that they never expired, while the stamps did. Ration book four also included “spare” stamps that were occasionally validated for the purchase of five extra pounds of pork.” (AmericanCenturies.mass.edu.)