Smoker At High School is Interesting and Fast March 23, 1944

Smoker At High School is Interesting and Fast

Nisqually Valley News  March 23, 1944

The smoker held in the Yelm Gym on Thursday evening saw some very competitive matches that were fast and clean.  Those who saw the matches report they were very.  The Tenino boys were unable to be present as the school there closed.  The Lettermen’s Club and the Future Farmers of America were cosponsors of the affair.

Results of the fights were:

The opener was a paper weight affair between Maxie Wells and Leonard Squally.  Squally won the victory.

Albert Marx(?) vs. John Brunetti at 135 pounds, Brunetti winning.

Tom Maynard v. Bob Manfredi with Maynard winning.

Benny Johnston vs. Richard Plumlee at 135 pounds with Plumlee as the winner.

Harold Games won the 155 pound bout over Gene Kelsee.

Dick Loutzenhiser won over Bob Sickless in the 145 pound bout.

Marv Sickles won over Vern Hoorst in the 140 pound bout.

Ed Lane beat Harold Becker in the main attraction of the evening.  Both boys weighed 160 pounds.

Interesting Letter from Cpl. Jack Mayda(sp?) Tells of Italy March 23, 1944

Interesting Letter from Cpl. Jack Mayda(sp?) Tells of Italy

Nisqually Valley News   March 23, 1944

Following is a letter written by Cpl. Jack Mayda of the Army Medical Corps, who has been stationed in Italy for some time.  It tells about things that will interest you.  Jack has written about hi trip to the Holy Land that will be very illuminating and we hope to have it at a later date.  Here is the letter of January 19th.

Dear Mom and Joe,

Haven’t written for a week or so because we’ve been buy tearing down our winter camps and moving.  We’ve been set up for a few days now at our new landing ground, but the last three days I’ve been too sick to write or do anything also.  My stomach sorta went hay wire for a while, but I’m good as ever now.

Our new field is really something.  You wouldn’t believe that I’ll be hobnobbing with a real Baron, would you?  Well I am-the whole squadron is set up on his estate.  We are using his mansion for offices and quarters and we have our dispensary in his Chapel.  He didn’t like having a dispensary in his Chapel at first, but we convinced him that we could move more bodies there than he could (unreadable) so he quit arguing-well he quit after we hinted that he wouldn’t have been a Baron if he had not been a good Fascist, and that we frowned on Fascism.  It’s funny how agreeable thee Italians become when you call them Fascists.

But a Baron is a little different from the ordinary Italians.  He has a pair of real boots-doesn’t go barefoot-and a coat of arms.  Most Italians are minus both items.  Then his clothing is as good as that worn by the owner of a profitable spaghetti joint in the United States.  He looks exactly how a Baron should look, now that cast iron suits are out of fashion-he’s medium height, chunky, red faced, and wears a Hitler style mustache which will be out of fashion soon.  He has a nose that looks like W. C. Fields on a cold morning, which shows he uses his high position to indulge in his love of good food and extensive liquor.  The old boy is on the ball though.  Every morning he looks over his estate and count his beautiful peacocks as they roam through our camp-or his yard-because he is afraid some of them are

liable to find their way into some hungry GI’s mess kit.  It is likely at that.

One of the Baron’s barns is our mess hall.  It a stone building that was minus a roof, so we stretched netting over the top of it.  Shoveled out six inches of dirt from the floor and moved the kitchen into it.

Of course wind storm came up and blew off our roof-but it’s up again for a while.  One thing is certain though and that is the fact that three inch thick walls will not blow over, and they keep the wind off of us, which is better that than we ever had before.

Guess you heard about the big invasion – caught Jerry with his pants down-which should win the war sooner.

Love Jack

Jack said hello to everybody in Yelm and keep buying bonds.





News About Our Boys in the U.S. Army and Navy March 29, 1944

News About Our Boys in the U.S. Army and Navy

Nisqually Valley News  March 29, 1944

Pfc. Patricia Martin of the Marine Corps, spent the last week with her parents Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Martin.  She left Thursday for her return to her duties at San Diego, California, going by the way of Brigham, Utah, to see her brother Richard (Pepper) Martin and his wife and their baby son, born on March 7th.  Sfc. Bruce Martin, who was stationed in Ireland for long time, is now reported to England.

Cpl. Oliver Detton, of the Army Air Corps, who has recently been stationed in Florida, made a surprise visit at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Detton, arriving on Monday evening.  Oliver has a seven day furlough.

Word has been received that James Sokolik and Ray Benson, both seaman first class in the Navy, that they have both been assigned to the same destroyer, and will undergo intensive training while their ship is under repair.  Jim is the son of Mrs. Jane Sokolik, and Ray is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Benson.

Clarence Stancil Cook 1st class, who is now is Seattle, spent last weekend at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Stancil.

Alvin Noble, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Noble, is now stationed at North Bend, Oregon.

Russell Grafton, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Grafton, who is stationed at Coos Bay, Oregon, at the Naval Base there, spent the week end at the home of hi parent.

Bos’n Mate 1c and Mrs. Howard Lewis and daughter, of Queets, Washington, arrived on Sunday morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Lewis.  Howard is in the Coast Guard and is non-commissioned officer at that station.  Also at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis was their foster son, Carl Mitchell, from Fort Warden, Seattle.

Cpl. William Weisdepp, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Weisdepp, arrived at home last Thursday evening on a 21 day leave, prior to going overseas.  Bill plays with the band of an anti-aircraft artillery regiment.

Don Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Miller, of Yelm, reports that he has been advanced to Radio Man 3c, at his station in the South Pacific.  Don is stationed the headquarters of Admiral William Halsey.

Cpl. John Self, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Self, of Yelm, who has been in training in Texas, is at home of a furlough.

Herbert Jewell, who is a Carpenter’s Mate 2c with Uncle Sam’s Navy Seabees, is reported to have gone overseas.  He is the husband of Mrs. Marie Jewell, of Olympia, and the son of Mrs. Mae Jewell, of Yelm.

Lester Isom, of Yelm, has signed up as a diesel machinist first class with Uncle Sam’s Seabees and is now awaiting his call.

1st Lt. Abbie Rogers, a graduate of Yelm High School and a former football star at Willamette University, is supported by his father, John J. Rogers, to be a flight leader of a P52 squadron, which is a fighter command.  Abbie seems to be doing a good job.


High School Christmas News December 11, 1942

High School News

Nisqually Valley News  December 11, 1942

The Girls League will present the Christmas program Wednesday afternoon preceding the dismissal for the holidays.  Names were exchanged and each student and faculty member will buy a small gift to give a person whose name was drawn.

Christmas Program

Nisqually Valley News  December 11, 1942

On December 23 the Christmas program sponsored by the Girls League will be presented. The numbers are as follows:

Silent Night by the Girl Glee Club

We Three Kings of Orient Are by the Glee Club.

The Crooked Star, a one act play.

A Gift for Archie, a reading by Lois Brown.

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, by the Glee Club.

O Little Town of Bethlehem, by the Glee Club.

Poor Papa at Christmas Time, a reading by Donna Hahn.

One Act Play, put on by Charlotte Fristoe, Frances Nugent and Barbara Brown.

Joy to the World, by the Glee Club.

Auld Lang Syne, by the Glee Club.

Distribution of gifts from the tree.

The Girls League expresses their gratitude for the wonderful assistance given in the program by the Glee Club.

During the Holiday Season the High School faculty I planning a variety of activities:

Miss Jeanne Zelmants will go by train to Spokane to visit her parents.

Miss Mary Lou O’Bryon will spend the holidays with her parents,

Mr. and Mrs. George O’Bryon, in Olympia.

Miss Grace Howard will visit her parents in Tacoma.

Mrs. Eva Phillip will either spend her time in Yelm, or at Seattle.

Mrs. John Grinde will be with her family in Yelm.

Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Montgomery are planning a visit with their son, Don, in Seattle.

Mr. Bower will visit in Olympia with his mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Sherman and Mrs. Joe Beal will visit in Tacoma.

The usual Christmas candy making has been omitted this year, due of course to sugar rationing, but cookies, cakes, etc., made with subsitutes are an acceptable offering.



























Who’s Who in Yelm – Crawford Williams January 7, 1943

Who’s Who in Yelm – Crawford Williams

Nisqually Valley News  January 7, 1943

Born in Pendleton, Oregon, the land of Indian, horses, and festive annual round-ups, Crawford E. Williams of the Puget Sound Power and Light, Co., still must confess to an inability to “sit” a horse in true western style.

“I was only a spectator at round-ups, not a participant,” he modestly answered in reply to an inquiry concerning his ability as an equestrian.  “Besides, I received most of my bringing up in a small lumber town, Post Falls, Idaho.”

“Book larnin” intrigued young Williams who made an extensive study of the mysteries of chemistry and pre medical both at Spokane College and U.C.L.A. in California, only to decide after a year with the Western Electric Company that the romance of electricity and its applications would be more applicable to his abilities.

In 1924 he became an employee of Puget Power in Tacoma, but was transferred to Yelm in 1937 when his company acquired the Thurston County Public Utility Company have the Avery Electric Company at Roy.  After one year in Yelm, William persuaded the lady of his choice, Miss Ruth Banker, of Puyallup, that this town was the “best in the West” for newlyweds, and they were married in April 1923.  Evidently Mrs. Williams agreed with him for the people have continued their residence here, and have two daughters attending grade school, Jo Ann, who is twelve, and Retha Sue, who is ten.

“A glance backward over these years convince me of the wisdom of Puget Sound in selecting Yelm as the area headquarters; for this community has been endowed with the personalities and the spirit that assures a steady growth in responsibility and leadership of the civic education and commercial establishments in this area.  I am proud to be a citizen of Yelm,” emphatically stated Williams.

The Yelm Lions Club, of which he secretary, and the Civilian Defense Committee, of which he is coordinator, take up most of his time and might be classed as the hobbies of the personable Crawford William, of who everyone in Yelm can truly say, “We are proud to have him as a resident of the community.”



Vandals Break into Yelm Homes, Destroy Property January 7, 1943

Vandals Break into Yelm Homes, Destroy Property

Nisqually Valley News  January 7, 1943

The home of Miss Dolly Burps was entered one night this week and the furnishings thrown about and some of them demolished.  Entrance was made through a side window.

The home formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Dan Carew was alo entered and the contents stolen down to the linoleum on the floor.  The door, torn loose in the process was left off its hinges.

This wave of vandalism sweeping the community is a disgrace to the town and the people.  Anyone caught is this kind of activity will be given the limits in penalty.

Who’s Who in Yelm – Hunter McKain December 11, 1942

Who’s Who in Yelm – Hunter McKain

Nisqually Valley News  December 11, 1942

 A native of Pennsylvania, the Reverend Hunter McKain, pastor of the Yelm Community Methodist Church, was born and raised in Philadelphia, later attending Albright College in reading before going to Theological Seminary in New Jersey.  Yelm’ popular young minister studied at the latter institution for four years.  He was selected by the Foreign Mission as a member of a group of theological students which was to be sent to agricultural college and thence to foreign lands, but die to the Mission’s financial status, Hunter McKain was sent instead to Dutton, Montana.

It was while attending a summer institute in the Rocky Mountains that he met his wife-to-be, then residing in Great Falls, and the couple was married the following spring of 1941.

Before coming to Yelm the couple lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, later coming West to this town.

“We were somewhat unpleasantly surprised when we first arrived in Yelm, but each day of living here has brought pleasant surprise to us in the person of Yelm’s many fine citizens who have done so much to make us at home here,” commented Rev. and Mr. McKain.






Who’s Who in Yelm – O. K. (Ozzie) Edwards

Who’s Who in Yelm – O. K. (Ozzie) Edwards

Nisqually Valley News  December 11, 1942

 Born 33 years ago in Los Angeles, California, Osborne K. Edwards moved with his parent, Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Edwards and their three other children, Dallas, Shirley, and Lee to the present family home on Lawrence Lake when he was very young.

After spending grade and high school in Yelm, Ozzie went to the University of Oregon, where he studies business administration and became a member of Alpha Chi Omega.  While in college Ozzie played on the university baseball team and was the ace pitcher for Oregon.  He also starred in basketball and football for Oregon.

Five years later he married Jane Wadsworth, of Tacoma, and they have since made their home in Yelm, where Mr. Edwards manages his grocery store.  Their son, Stephen, was born a year ago.

Corpulent and genial, Ozzie’s idea of recreation is to fish and hunt in the Bald Hills region, while his main hobby seems to be cutting meet for his market.

News About the Boys in the U.S. Army and Navy December 28, 1944

News About the Boys in the U.S. Army and Navy

Nisqually Valley News  December 28, 1944

Mrs. Knute Broden has been notified by the War Department that he will receive the Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster for her son Lt. Kenneth Broden, who is a prisoner of the German government.  Lt. Broden, who graduated from the Yelm High school with the class of 1941, is permitted to write to his parents twice a month and say the situation could be a lot worse than it is.  “Thanks to the Red Cross we get plenty to eat,” wrote Kenneth in one of his most recent letters.

Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Peterson, of Yelm, received notice from the War Department on Thursday, that their son, Staff Sgt. Arthur F. Peterson, has been reported missing in action over Germany since December 5th.

Staff Sgt. Loren Crimmins has been spending the Christmas holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Crimmins.

Flight Officer Glen Vancil arrived home from California last Friday evening for a 30 day furlough.   Glen is the sone of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Vancil.  He was hurt when his glider crashed over Normandy on D-Day.

Sgt. Gladys Curry arrived home last Saturday for a week’s furlough with friends and relative.  Gt. Curry, the daughter of J. M. Curry, spent Wednesday and Thursday with her brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Curry, of Seattle.

Bob Fristoe, NROTC, of the University of Washington, is spending a week’s Christmas vacation with is parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. K. Fristoe.

RMSc Donald Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Miller, writes home from New Caledonia, that he has recently met two fellows from Yelm.  He had talked to Pvt. George Wallin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Art Wallin, on the telephone and made plans to meet him, but the plans did not work out.  While in the city he accidentally ran into George.  On another trip to the city Don just happened to see Machinist Frank Brunetti, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Brunetti.  Frank’s ship was anchored in of the ports of New Caledonia for a few days.

Robert L. Cummings, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Rider, of Rt. 1 Roy, completed a 12 week course on water purification at the Engineer School at Belvoir, Virginia, on Dec. 13.  He is a private in the Corps of Engineers.  He attended Roy High School and is married to the former Thelma K. Warn.  Cummings entered the Army in April of this year.  Before entering the Army he was a driver and mechanic for the Oil Sales and Service.

Members of the 20th class of Aviation Cadets and Student Officers to take their advanced two-engine pilot instruction at Blackland Army Air Field, Waco, Texas, today graduated Air Forces Training Command Installation.  Among the members of Class 44J who received their silver wings was Dale Yenne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yenne, Dale’ brother, Jack, is a Technical Sergeant, radio operator, with the Army Air Force and was in  India for a lot of missions.

Cpl. Charles Sokolik is again in the hospital.  He has broken the bones in his foot on the first jump while training for the paratroops.  He will remain in the hospital for a while.

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Summers have received word that their son Sgt. Allen Summers is now in Belgium.

Mrs. Amy Lott has received word that their son, Leroy, is suffering from a fever and is in the hospital in the Philippines.

Cpl. Fermin Bennett is sending his Christmas cards to friends in Yelm from somewhere in France.

Robert Iverson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Iverson, who has been stationed at Camp Beal, is being transferred to a camp in Louisiana.

Cook Sc Mildred Self, of the Spars, sends greetings to her friends in Yelm, from Florida.

H. L. Wolf and son, David, rode on the train Thursday afternoon from Tacoma to Seattle, to be with S2c Hal Wolf for a while enroute from Florida to Bremerton. Mrs. Wolf and Bob met the group in Seattle and they were with Hal until he got on the ferry from Seattle to Bremerton.

News About the Boys in the U.S. Army and Navy December 14, 1944

News About the Boys in the U.S. Army and Navy

Nisqually Valley News   December 14, 1944

Robert Ellis, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Ellis, and husband of Mrs. Evelyn Sias Ellis, was inducted into the Army last Friday.  He is now at Fort Lewis last Friday.  He is now at Fort Lewis and will be for a few days yet.

Tech Sgt. Rex Eide, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Eide, write to his parents that he has landed safely in Burma.  Rex is with an artillery outfit.  Most of his training was in Colorado and Oklahoma.

Capt. Charles W. Throssell, who has been oversea for 32 months, returned to his parental home on December 3rd.  The following Wednesday he went to Seattle to meet his wife, who, as an ensign in the Waves has been stationed at Norfolk for the past nine months.  After a brief trip, destination undisclosed, Capt. and Mrs. Throssell will visit his parents near Roy, and her parents in Spokane.

Capt. Jack Gruber, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Gruber, of Olympia, is now stationed at a field near Columbus, Ohio, where he is an instructor in combat flying.  Capt. Gruber was recently returned to the United States after completing his period of service in England.

Lyman Isom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Isom, left this week for San Diego, California.  He was inducted last Friday and asked for Naval service and his request was granted.

Ted Isom, who was recently returned to shore service after two years in Naval combat service in all parts of the Pacific, is now on Shore Patrol duty in Bremerton and Seattle.

Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hansen Sr. that their son, Robert Hansen Jr., who was recently wounded in action in Europe, will be home on a 30 day leave in time for Christmas at his home east of McKenna.

Pfc. Charles Sokolik, son of Mrs. Jane Sokolik, is in training to be a paratrooper at Fort Benning, Georgia.