Snow in Elbe (early 1900s)

Snow covered Elbe - early 1900s
Snow covered Elbe – early 1900s

A glimpse of Elbe under a blanket of snow in the early 1900s. The main street would have been off to the right.

For a similar picture — sans snow — just click HERE.

Photo courtesy of the South Pierce County historical Society.

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Henry Horn’s Shingle Mill, Elbe

Henry Horn's shingle mill, Elbe
Henry Horn’s shingle mill, Elbe

A wintery shot of Henry Horn’s shingle mill in Eble taken in the early 1900s.

Before composite roofs, most roofs in this area were made from shingles. A shingle mill “was used to slice a section of log into tapered wedges to create shingles.

To see what these old machines looked like, just click HERE.

Photo courtesy of Lottie Shaefer Marrow, Ashford, Wash., & the SPC Historical Society.

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Eatonville Trivia – Test your Knolwedge

Boys-being-interviewedEatonvile Triva

How well do you know your Eatonville history? Here are a few questions to test your knowledge.

1. What was the company that helped build the town in the early 1900s?

2. What was the town’s population in 1930: (a) 1,101 (b) 912 (c) 1,440

3. What was the town’s population in 1974: (a) 2,104 (b) 1,048 (c) 902

4. What Native American was known as a friend to T.C. Van Eaton and other Eatonville pioneers?

5. In 1970 Eatonville was in the news because of what event?

6. In 1952 a group of loggers built the Swanson airport. What else did they build at the same time?

7. In 1972 a television camera crew came out to interview Eatonville youth about what event?

8. In 1929 Rainier Connect went by what name?

9. What doctor began his practice in Eatonville and is still making a big difference in children’s lives today.

10. Who was the Court Commissioner in 1968?

11. What was Ohop Bob?

12. Who was Adam Sachs?

13. Who were the first two graduates of Eatonville in 1914?

1912 Basket Ball Team
1912 Basket Ball Team

14. What was the Eatonville town budget in 1938? (a) $10,305  (b) $5,410 (c) $2,607

15. Who built the Roxy Theater?

16. Who were T. S. Galbraith and John Galbraith?
17. What did they produce at Clay City?

18. Why is 1912 an important year for Eatonville basketball?

19. What was operation Bootstrap?

20. Why does Eatonville have that weird intersection at Mashell and Center?



1. The Eatonville Lumber Company
2. 912
3. 902

City Hall, Police Dept., Utilities
City Hall, Police Dept., Utilities

4. Indiana Henry
5. The Rock festival
6. The Kid’s Pond
7. A Bigfoot sighting
8. Mashell Telephone and Telegraph Company
9. Dr. A. W. Bridge. He left his money to a children’s hospital in his mother’s name — Mary Bridge. Today Mary Bridge Children’s’ Hospital is still providing care to thousands of kids.
10. Rosemarie Van Cleve.
11. Ohop Bob was a restaurant that overlooked Ohop Valley. Besides a great view, it was known for its fabulous chicken dinners.
12. Adam built and operated the first mill and logging camp in Elbe.
13. Ed Christensen and Susan Van Eaton.
14. The town’s expenses were $2,607. However, the light and water departments ($7,920 and $2,800 respectively) were considered separate and generated their own revenue.
15. A. G. Pecchia
16. T.S. Galbraith was the owner of the Eatonville Lumber Co. In 1930, John Galbraith, T.S. Galbraith’s son, purchased the mill from his dad.
17. Bricks, which are found in many of the town’s buildings.
18. 1912 was the first year Eatonville had a basketball team.
19. After the Eatonville mill shut in 1953, residents banded together to keep the town alive. The huge effort was called Operation Bootstrap.
20. The town’s well as located on the corner and roads were built around it.

Far West Clay operation
Far West Clay operation

All 20 correct: Fabulous. Ever considered writing a history book.

15-19:  Wow! You’re got Eatonville in your blood

10-14:  Nicely done!

5-13: OK. Half right is still pretty good.

0-4:  Oh my. Well, there’s always next time.



Mill Houses in National (early 1900s)

Mill Houses in National
Mill Houses in National

“The mill houses from National were sold when Weyerhaeuser Company decided to completely clear the old town site. Single bedroom houses sold for $100, two bedrooms for $200, three bedrooms for $300, and so on. One condition was that all the houses had to be removed within 30 days Thus started the great National House Movement.

After work each day, teams of the new owners lifted the houses off their foundations, placed them on trailers or skids, then hauled them to the the new site, where they were then lifted onto the newly prepared foundation. Today as one travel from Elbe to the Park Gate, they can see these houses. The Grange building in Elbe and the Whittier Bunkhouse are from National, as are over 20 other homes in the valley.” (Per Upper Nisqually Valley.)

Photo courtesy of Laurie Anderson Osborn.

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Railroad Avenue (Elbe)

Postcard - side 1
Postcard – side 1

Thank go for postcards in the early 1900s. They give you such a unique glimpse of the world. This one, from 1908 is of Tacoma Eastern Railroad’s Railroad Avenue, probably near Elbe.

Note on the card reads, “How is this for tall timber — the woods are full of them out here.”

Now if only they had signed more of their postcards.

Image courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Postcard - side 2
Postcard – side 2


1908 Elbe Postcard

Elbe 1908 Postcard - Front
Elbe 1908 Postcard – Front

This postcard was mailed out of Elbe in 1908. I don’t know who wrote the card, but the message tells you a little about Eatonville’s postal service back then:

“I wish I was back home again. How would you like to be in my place. Write me a letter and address it to Eatonville, Wash. I will get it on my return.”

Photo courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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Elbe 1908 Postcard - Front
Elbe 1908 Postcard – Front