Elbe

Elbe IOOF, 1954

Elbe, 1954
Elbe, 1954

The exact date of this image is unknown, but was probably taken around January, 1954.

The writing on the photo reads “Elbe BM – across from Depot – CMP.S.”

To the right is a a clear view of is the Elbe IOOF(Independent Order of Odd Fellows) building, which still stands today.

You can see Lambert’s Quick Lunch in the background. That building, however, is no longer standing. “. . . Lambert’s Lunch and Service Station sold to Stanley Johnson and later became the A&M Cafe burned down.” (History of Southeastern Pierce County.)

Anyone else spot anything else?

Photo courtesy of Terry Maves and Tacoma Power.

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Elbe Railroad Crossing 1944

Train coming out of Elbe, 1944
Train coming out of Elbe, 1944

If you had been driving up from Eatonville to Eble in 1944, you may have had to stop for this train, at the “relocation” crossing. (The train tracks had to be rerouted to accommodate the new dam going in.)

Today the trains are a tourist event, but back then they were vital part of the  community.

Photo courtesy of Terry Maves and Tacoma Power. 

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Sachs Corner in Elbe, December 2, 1942

Sachs Corner, 1942
Sachs Corner, 1942

Here we have Sachs Corner located in Elbe, Washington. The information with this photo reads — December 2, 1942, Alder Basin showing logging donkey upset at Elbe.

Adam Sachs starting logging operations in the area in 1902. The first logging equipment brought over the Mashell Mt. Road by teams.

You can find out more about the Sachs family by searching “Sachs” on this website.

Image courtesy of Terry Maves.

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Ashford Postcard, December 25, 1910

Ashford Postcard Dec. 25, 1910
Ashford Postcard Dec. 25, 1910

One hundred and six years ago, December 25, 1910, this postcard was mailed off from Ashford, Washington, to a friend in Orting.

What struck me was that there was someone at the Ashford postoffice on Christmas day. I did a little research and I believe that person was Mrs. Cora J. Ashford (Mrs. Walter A. Ashford).

The Ashford post office was established November 16, 1894, and Cora ran it for almost 40 years, until Louis Von Salzen took over December 13, 1933.

Here is what Guy Ramsey writes about the post office in Postmarked Washington: Pierce County.

“A combination store-hotel was built on the north side of State Highway 5, which passes through the village, and the post office was located there until transferred to Louis Von Salzen’s store on the opposite (southwest) corner of the intersecting street.

The first mail to Ashford’s place came over a trail through the forest by horseback from Meta. After the Elbe post office was opened, June 4, 1892, it was brought from that point either by horseback or stage.

The Tacoma and Eastern Railroad finished its line to Ashford in 1904 and thereafter Ashford’s mail was supplied by trains. Mr. Ashford would go to the depot with the pushcart to obtain it.”

Ashford Postcard Dec. 25, 1910 (back)
Ashford Postcard Dec. 25, 1910 (back)

Image courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Walter Ashford and Family
Walter Ashford and Family (Cora on the far left)

 

Elbe Lumber & Shingle Co. (early 1900s) — Part 1 of 3

Elbe Lumber and Shingle Mill
Elbe Lumber & Shingle Co.

On Ebay last week, there was a wall card up for auction, will all kinds of shots of the Elbe Lumber & Shingle Company, as well as the logging camp and scene of the Tacoma Eastern Railroad.

I didn’t win the auction, but thankfully the seller broke down all the shots, so I can share them with you here. This will come in several sections. This is the first installment.

Let me know if you recognize anyone!

Elbe Lumber and Shingle Mill - Steam Donkey
Elbe Lumber & Shingle Co. – Steam Donkey

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Elbe Lumber and Shingle Mill - Steam Donkey - close up on men
Elbe Lumber & Shingle Co. – Steam Donkey – close up on men
Elbe Lumber and Shingle Mill - Steam Donkey
Elbe Co. & Shingle Co. – Steam Donkey
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Steam donkey, close up. 

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:
LaGrande
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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