Little Mashell Postcard (early 1900s)

Little Mashell Falls postcard
Little Mashell Falls postcard

This postcard of the Little Mashell is pretty interesting. The side with the falls is nice, but it’s the other side, that is entitled Paradise Valley Route, that is even more curious. It’s a shot of farms. Alder? Elbe? Any guesses, anyone?

Anyone have a guess.

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Little Mashell (back)
Little Mashell (back)

Eatonville Bank, 1964 . . . Take a Look at those Signs

Eatonville Bank 1964
Eatonville Bank 1964

These shots of the Eatonville Bank are interesting, not just because they were taken in 1964, and things haven’t changed all that much, but because also of the sign out front.

Listed are the following if you continued on Center Street:
19 National
14 Elbe
32 Tacoma
2 Mountain Highway

If you were going to continue on Mashell:
8 Alder
15 Elbe
20 National
22 Ashford
30 Morton
White Pass

Eatonville Bank (2) 1964
Eatonville Bank (2) 1964

29 Rainier National Park, Via Scenic Route
5 Clay City
10 Kapowsin
25 Puyallup
52 Seattle
17 Yelm
30 Tacoma

Gary Hendrickson said he used to live in the arpartment over the bank, and it looks from this shot that there was still an apartment.

If you want to read more about the bank—and the robberies—click HERE.

Photos courtesy of the Baublits family, taken by Joe Larin.

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Nisqually Power Plant, 1911

Nisqually Power Plant, 1911
Nisqually Power Plant, 1911

This photo of the Nisqually Power Plant from 1911 shows quite a bit of detail.

I found this information in History of Southeastern Pierce County:

“The Alder mill shut down in 1911 and burned in 1912. A good small shingle mill was set up on the Chas. Boettcher place but soon ran out of cedar. Many of the men employed by the mill moved away. About this same time, the City of Tacoma finished the LaGrande power plant and some of the Alder people found steady employment there. Also, during this same time, Mr. Wm. Montgall built a small mill on the northwest corner of the John Malm homestead and employed about two dozen men including about a dozen Japanese who lived in a bunkhouse that used to belong to the Alder Mill. Co.”

On a side note, while researching this, I ran across a 1910 Supreme Court Case, City of Tacoma v. Nisqually Power Co., regarding eminent domain. It basically gave Tacoma the right to condemn the land to create the power plant.

If you have more information about the power plant, please feel free to share.

Photo courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Old Alder and the Flood Line

Old Alder and Line of Future Lake
Old Alder and Line of Future Lake

In the 1940s the second Alder dam was built at La Grande. The town of Alder had to be moved to make way for the lake (Alder Lake) that would be created. This is the first time I’ve seen a picture depicting where the old town of Alder was, and then the line where the water level would come.

“Tacoma Eastern depot is marked on the photo, and the rail grade can be seen. Date and photographer unknown,” Tim Daubert.

Photo courtesy of Tim Daubert and the Milwaukee Road-Tacoma Eastern Branch Historical Site.

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Alder Road (early 1900s)

Walter Ashford involved in road construction
Alder road construction

All the information I have with this photo is “Alder Road Construction.” If anyone has more details, please share them.

The planks in the background I assume were going to be used for the road. I say this because here’s another shot, this time of Alder’s main street, made from planks.

Images courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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Alder's Main street
Alder’s Main street


Emma and Ernest Boettcher and the BIG Trees

Ernest Boettcher
Ernest Boettcher
Emma Boettcher Mc Gillivary
Emma Boettcher Mc Gilivery

The trees were enormous early in the 1900s. Here are Emma Boettcher McGilvery and Ernest Boettcher of Alder standing with some of the incredible trees.

What seems almost impossible to imagine is that the tree Ernest is standing in front of was sawed down with a two man crosscut saw. If you look closely you can see the saw still in the tree at the top.

If you’re curious, check out this video Chainsaw vs. Crosscut saw. I apologize for the quality, but it’s demonstrates that the saw and two men could get the job done.

Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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Veora Rotter, when she was Postmaster at Alder (1937-45, 48-58 and 1966)

Veora Rotter, Postmaster at Alder
Veora Rotter, Postmaster at Alder

Veora Rotter was postmaster at the Alder, Wash. post office from June 1, 1948 to August 4, 1958 and then again in 1966.

“A reporter on a Tacoma newspaper, when describing the town of Alder when it was about to move ahead of the advancing water, used flowery language. His paragraph from the Tacoma Sunday Ledger of October 3, 1943 on the post office is quoted:

The Alder postoffice has a pretty postmistress, Mrs. Veora Rotter, who had lived here since she was four. Her tiny office is so close to the highway the roar of trucks and passing trains muffles our conversation. Often a patron pauses at the window and says, “I want a” — , waits for a long truck to throb past, — “stamp.” The postmistress takes the cash and replies “Here you” — waits for the Milwaukee train to thunder through — “are”. Alder’s post office must be one of the few in the country with a rural mail box out front. Mrs. Rotter gets her mail in this box — all of the letters posted when the office is closed.” (Postmarked Washington: Pierce County).

The post office was located on Milwaukee Railroad on the north shore of the lake. The Alder post office was discontinued September 12, 1975 and mail now goes to Eatonville.

Photo courtesy of Carl Rotter.

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Randolf Fyfe (ca. 1905)

Randolf Fyfe & Alder lady
Randolf Fyfe & Alder lady

Randolf Fyfe and this young Alder lady are dressed up for something in the early 1900s. The black gloves were a symbol of mourning.

There is another playful picture taken at the same time with Arthur Fyfe. To see it, just click HERE.

Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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