Mashell Ave.

Ruth Anderson Postcard – Mashell Ave. 1910

Anderson Postcard, of Mashell Ave., 1910 1910
Anderson Postcard, of Mashell Ave., 1910

This postcard was mailed 101 years ago to Miss Ruth Anderson.

If I’m reading the card right, the writer is telling Ruth this is a fine town.  I’m not sure this picture postcard of Mashell Ave. would do much to entice people to stop by though.

Photo courtesy of Debbie and Gary Saint.

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Anderson Postcard Side #2, 1910
Anderson Postcard Side #2, 1910

Fourth of July 1924

Fourth of July 1924, outside Red and White
Fourth of July 1924, outside Red and White

Some things never change, like Eatonville’s love of a good Fourth of July parade. These shots were taken on Mashell Ave., around 1924 in front of the Red and White Store.

I like the advertisement of Tobys Comedians staring Toby Stutters. It also included a 5 piece orchestra. Quite an act.

On an ominous note, this particular picture was taken just weeks before an enormous fire would sweep through and almost take out the town.

Fourth of July 1924, Toby's Comedians
Fourth of July 1924, Toby's Comedians

Photos courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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Dressed as Native Americans, Fourth of July 1924
Dressed as Native Americans, Fourth of July 1924

 

Amazing shot of Eatonville in 1913

Downtown Eatonville - 1913
Downtown Eatonville – 1913

Even thought this picture was taken in 1913, you can see see the outline of the town it is today. And that odd intersection by the bank.

If you click on the image and enlarge you case see lots of detail. Like on the left hand side is T.C. Van Eaton’s store (now a parking lot next to Kirk’s Pharmacy).

The bank hasn’t been built yet, but there seems to be a open space on the corner just waiting for it to be built.

The clump of buildings (center right) is the Snow Hotel is where the Eatonville Manor stands today. The tiny building in the back looks to be T.C. Van Eaton’s original cabin, which was moved to the Milltown park.

 

Population of Eatonville 1920-1975

Mashell & Groe ca 1962
Mashell & Groe ca 1965

Eatonville’s current population is 2,563. That’s almost three times what it was just a few decades ago.

Year                 Population
1920                 931
1930                 912
1940                 996
1950                 1,048
1960                  896
1970                  852
1971                  860
1972                  860
1973                  860
1974                  902
1975                  912

 

 

 

Little Garage on Mashell, 1915

Charlie & Ray Williams in the garage, 1915
Charlie & Ray Williams in the garage, 1915

This little garage stood on Mashell Ave., next to where Postnet stands today, and was owned by Charley Williams. In fact, that’s Charley Williams standing there in the doorway. The boy to his left is his son Ray Williams.

The picture was taken in 1915 — the same year William Boeing took his first flight lesson. Also, the same year Ford built it’s millionth car.

Photo courtesy Rich William.

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Fourth of July Then and Now

Eatonville July 4 looking South on Mashell Ave.
Eatonville July 4 looking South on Mashell Ave.

Eatonville has always been a fan of the 4th of July Parade. In fact, so many people take part in the parade, I’ve always been surprised there are still some left to watch.

Judging by these two photos, the cars may have changed, but not the enthusiasm.

Pictures courtesy of Pat Van Eaton and Diane Mettler.

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People lining Mashell, ready to watch the 2008 4th of July Parade
People lining Mashell, ready to watch the 2008 4th of July Parade

 

Town Turns out to Level Mashell (ca. 1924)

Eatonville State Bank & town clean up
Road leveling outside Eatonville State Bank

This picture seems appropriate as Eatonville gets prepared to repave Mashell Ave. this summer.

The crows is assembled outside Eatonville State Bank (now Key Bank) as they leveled Marshell.  Looks like it was an effort by all judging by the number of shovels in hand.

Photo: Courtesy Pat Van Eaton

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