Tag: American Legion

Frank Dunkhorst at his blacksmith shop on Mashell (early 1900s)
Frank Dunkhorst at his blacksmith shop on Mashell 

The job of blacksmith was an vital one before the advent of automobiles. Per the Parnell family, Frank Dunkhorst had is blacksmith shop on Mashell Ave. Frank and his wife Julia were two very active people — in their church, the school, and other activities.

Here we see Frank as conductor for the TNT band.

I’ll have to see if I can find a picture of Julia Dunkhorst. A woman after my own heart, she was knee deep in Eatonville organizations. Here’s just the few I found:

Eatonville Dance Band, Little TNT Band
Eatonville Dance Band, Little TNT Band

• Julia was one  of the presidents of the Womens’ Society For Christian Service of the Methodist Church (The Ladies’ Aid).

• She was also the president of the Eatonville Parent-Teacher Association years 1923-24. That year “much effort was expended in making Community Day a great success. Military Band from  Camp Lewis furnished music all through the day. outside speakers attended PTA meetings, also programs put on by different grades and by the Boy Scouts.

• She was a charter member in 1919 of the Canyon Rebekah Lodge #288 (the female branch of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows).

• She was the Conductress in 1921 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Mountain Star Chapter, O.E.S., No. 179 (the female branch of the Masons.)

• Julia was also a charter member in 1921 of the Women’s Auxiliary to Mt. Tacoma Post #148, American Legion.

Frank and Julia knew how to stay busy!