1902 – Yelm in the News

School Officers

July 11, 1902The Weekly Capital


District #42, near Yelm-C. E. Koeppen, clerk

District #58, near Yelm-Ernest Fox, director and Mrs. Mary E. Harvin

Mr. Dain has received a check for the insurance on his barn which was burned last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Conine went to Olympia yesterday.  Mr. Conine went to attend the democratic convention, and both to take in the carnival next week.

Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Cook of South Tacoma were visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Conine and other friends this week.

Miss Jennie L. Conine, daughter of J. C. Conine, was married on the 24th of this month to Frank Edwards of Los Angeles, Cal.  The wedding took place at this residence of the bride’s sister, Mae Jewell of Los Angeles.  Mr. and Mrs. Edwards will make their home at that place.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Price, Mrs. Frank Longmire and children, Mrs. Paff and son, Mrs. Butsch and children and Mr. F. J. Mosman visited the city of destiny this week.  Of course they all went on business, but they found time to attend the circus.

Yelm, Wednesday, July 16 – Socialists meet


Our Public Schools

Report of Superintendent Henry Shows a Very Satisfactory Condition.

Washington Standard    August 2, 1902

The annual report of Supt. Henry shows that there has been a gratifying increase of pupils and attendance the past year. There are 3,650 school children, an increase of 157. The number who attended school as required by law footed up 2,876, which is forty more than last year. The average daily attendance was 1,882.29, and total actual days attendance 292,265. The number of teachers employed aggregate 110, of which 26 were men and 84 women; the average salary to the former being $55.67 and the latter houses and grounds is placed at $177,885; furniture, $12,304; apparatus, $4,026, and libraries, $1,960. There 68 districts, two of which were organized the past year.

But eight districts are under a bonded indebtedness, while in 1902 there were twelve.



August 30, 1902


Democrats Put Up Their Ticket

On State Delegation – J. C. Conine

Platform and Resolutions – Bige Eddy


September 8, 1902 – The Weekly Capital

Miss Zoura Jackson, a teacher in the public schools, is visiting the family of J. C. Conine.

The following Yelmites attended the W. O. W. Carnival in Olympia:  Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Conine. Mr. and Mrs. Soren Sorenson, Mesdammes Hettrick, Paff, Robbins, Misses Clara McKenzie, Melvin, Florence Galleas, Pearl McKenzie, and Lora Coates, Messrs. J. A. McKenzie, F. Nairn, F. Longmire, Joe Melvin, George Jones, William Lord, Gallear, and Hewitt, Masters Rodney Coates, Will Gallear, Fay Lord, Maurice Hettrick and Claude Paff


October 3, 1902The Weekly Capital


Socialist Party Candidates – Rabeck’s Hall

Auditor – Lewis Longmire, Yelm – Assessor – I. V. Rathbun

Seventeen members representing four locals were present.  Vacancies on the ticket are to be filled by the county central committee. . . . I. V. Rathbun



October 10, 1902 – The Weekly Capital

At Yelm our foot was on its native heath.  The two general stores are doing a rushing business.  Mosman Bros. moderately admit a business of $9,000 a month and while we did not get any figures from Hettrick we could see that he kept the N. P. R’s busy hauling goods to his store and produce to the city market, besides running its own wagon to Tacoma for the extra fancy trade.  They have a well equipped blacksmith shop presided over by D. R. Hughes, who knows what is what in the blacksmith line, and the hotels, you are sorry you can’t stop at both every time you come to time.

On our way to Rainier we met our old friend Charlie Paff, who keeps the N.P. railways in repair.  He is a socialist who can give you a reason for the faith which is in him and can tell you why he forsook the republican party.

At Chas. E. Koeppen we found him busily engaged on his new 32 x 40, two story residence and reluctantly declined an invitation to dinner it being only a quarter to 12 and we out on official business.

The events of this week’s society at Rainier’ was the dance at Mr. E. E. Brown’s  The Larmey string band furnished their usually excellent music and the basket supper was immense.  Our society editor was criticized for eating the whole of Mrs. Lon Stockard’s cake, but was excused on a promise to do better next time.


October 24, 1902 – The Weekly Capital


Mine host Longmire, of the Yelm hotel at that place has set a bad example to his fellow democrats.  He has bought out his only competitor Jacob Hettrick and formed a hotel trust.  Frank is an all-round hotel man and will make the merger go, you bet.

Charley Paaf, of Yelm, was in the city Wednesday.  He promised to come around again after supper and take us to the republican rally but we suppose the temptations of a great city provide too much for him.  Anyway he gave us the mitten.


April 13, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

License to wed was granted to Phil A. Biesen of Portland, Oregon, and Emma Cowdery of Rainier today.


May 22, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Chief Savidge this morning received from Yelm stating that a man answering the description pg M. Campbell, the patient who escaped from the asylum at Steilacoom Tuesday night, was seen in that town this morning.  He is said to have had a handkerchief wrapped around his hand and was hastening east, probably to Tacoma.  The three attendants from the asylum who were sent here to search for the man left this morning , two returning to the asylum and the other going to Yelm.



Washington Standard    June 20, 1902

Prosecuting Attorney Funk refused to issue a warrant demanded by Al. Burnham against T.J. McBratney of Yelm, who claims that the latter show at him while passing by his house; at least he heard the report of a gun and a bullet whizzed through his hat, which, taken with the fact that bad blood existed resulting from a previous encounter, Burnham thought warranted the belief that he had been Bratney, it is said, admits that he fired the shot, but that it was aimed at a crow.



Washington Standard    September 5, 1902


W.T. Melvin, of Yelm, had sold his stock and farm implements to O.C. Whitney, of Tacoma, who had leased the Capen farm. Mr. M. deems it necessary to secure a change of scene on account of the ill health of his wife, who proposes to moving to Everett, where three of her daughters reside. Mr. Melvin will engage in some light business, soon as he has moved to his new quarters.



September 12, 1902 – Washington Recorder


A large number of the Rainier people attended the carnival last week. Miss Emma Cowdery is visiting her sister here.

The Rainier school will begin September 22 with Birdie Cooper as teacher.

The box social given for the benefit the pastor, Rev. Hopkins, was a success.

Lew Eddy and family will move to Madison bolt camp, about five miles from here.


September 22, 1902 – Olympia Daily Recorder?

Miss Mary O’Neill arrived today from Shelton.

Miss Kennan of Puyallup is teaching in the Price District.  There is an attendance of 15 pupils.

Mrs. Hettrick and children and Mrs. F. J. Mosman and daughter drove to Roy this afternoon.

Cone picking is in order nowadays in Yelm.  Old and young are trying their skill at it.  The cones are shipped to Centralia and from there are sent broadcast to propagate trees in various sections of treeless country.

George Longmire is over from Wenas on business and is also visiting relatives.


September 25, 1902 – Washington Recorder

Mills Must Close Down

Yards are Full of Lumber and Market Good.  But Cars Cannot Be Obtained.

It is learned that on account of a shortage of cars on the Northern Pacific railroads many saw mills are having to suspend operations.

The Mutual Lumber company at Bucoda has about 100 men idles.  The Jones Mill at Tenino has discharged most of the men.  The Perry mill at Tenino has shut down, and Mentzer mill at the same place will suspend active operations next week.  All the yards are piled full of lumber.  There is no trouble about the market, or prices, but cars are not to be had for transporting the product.

The loss of employment falls heavily upon the laboring men who are depending upon it for a livelihood



October 6, 1902 – Washington Recorder

J. L. Mosman returned this morning from a business trip to Tacoma.

Miss Morgan opened school last Monday in an adjoining district.

Mrs. J. B. Price is visiting her parents in Olympia.  Mr. Price accompanied her to Olympia but did not remain.

George McKenzie, our next county auditor, went to Olympia today.  From there he will begin his campaign tour.

Mrs. Virina Longmire, Mrs. Elizabeth Chambers of Olympia, Mrs. Harris of Olympia, Mrs. J.C. Conine, Miss Conine, Clarence Longmire and Otis Longmire started last Tuesday for a visit to the state fair.

Several Yelmites went Sunday afternoon to see the bridge built over the Nesqually by the Northern Pacific railroad.  It is a handsome steel structure with stone piers and abutments.  The road on the other side leading to it will not be completed for some time as there is much grading and filling in to do before trains can use it.


October 9, 1902 – Washington Recorder

Miss Annie C. Hart of South Tacoma opened school here last Monday with attendance of 25 pupils

F. J. Mosman, D. K. Hughes, P. B. Van Trump and George McKenzie attended the convention in Tacoma last Wednesday, and Mr. McKenzie remained several says visiting friends.

Yelm had her experience yesterday of “Black Friday.”  Lamps were burned until 3 in the afternoon.  The trains went through lighted up and carrying headlights.


October 9, 1902 – The Daily Recorder

Editorial Notes

Mr. George McKenzie, a republican nominee for county auditor, is in town from Yelm.  George is not only highly educated and well qualified for the office for which he has been nominated, but is one of the most worthy candidates on the ticket, which is saying much.  Moreover, he comes of a family on the finest people that ever came to Thurston county (where he was born and raised), a family that has contributed much to the making of the county and has never before sought office.


October 19, 1902 – Weekly Capital

He has been a resident of the count for many years engaged in farming and school leaching, and has a fine farm near Yelm, as a reward of his industry.  Mr. Conine was elected to the legislature in 1896, and though suffering from poor health that winter made an excellent record as an able and conscientious legislator.



October 20, 1902 – The Daily Recorder

On Wednesday Mrs. P.B. Van Trump left for Seattle for a two week’s visit with her daughter Christine.

The sky being perfectly cloudless here on the night of the 16th, Yelmites had a fine view of the lunar eclipse.  At least one of them was an interested witness of the phenomenon from start to finish.

Not withstanding the steady, soaking rain there was a fine attendance at the republican meeting in Conine’s hall Wednesday night.  The speakers were Messrs. Owings, Hopp and king, and Mr. Peyton, nominee for county commissioner.

There is a bright prospect for a republican victory in Yelm precinct this time.  Continued prosperity and marvelous national development under Republican rule are cogent arguments which have told even on this former stronghold of populism, latter day democracy and more recent socialism.

Variety is said to be the spice of life.  If the proverb applies alike to politics the latter should be spicy here for there is a variety in that line.

The Mosman Bros. have recently made improvement in their store building and are enlarging their  stock of merchandise to meet the demands of a steadily increasing business.

Three new cider mills and presses have been purchased by farmers since apple picking began, and ever and an0on a sewing machine, a washing machine, separator, wagon, plow or other farming implement is landed here by the cars; all going along to show the Yelm merchants and ranchers are prospering and up to date.

Fishermen of late are coming hose with fine messes of trout from the Nesqually  river-that is, when by hook or crook, they can get fresh salmon eggs.  No fancy expert with a fly need apply, for your Nesqually trout is peculiar.  Here he is never known to exhibit an appetite for an artificial fly or a stale egg.


October 27, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Friday Morning Mosman Brothers received by car a new top buggy.  Saturday morning Price Bros. followed with a light running double wagon with canopy top.  Within a year other residents of the village and quite a number of the neighboring ranchers have purchased buggies and carriages-one of many the many signs of the general prosperity.  Let the voter beware at the coming elections lest he cast his ballot in such a way as many tend to interfere with the future staying quality of such prosperity.

C. F. Hoeflinger of Des Moines, Ia. visiting wife of D. Hughes.

Little child of Sumpters buried


November 10, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Joe Keeler, South Tacoma, came home to vote.  He must regret the expense for the trip as was on the wrong side.

Miss Neo Conine was spending a few days with a few days with her cousin Mrs. J. L. Mosman

Mrs. J. C. Conine spent Friday evening and Saturday with friends in Yelm.

Ranchers are still adding to their stock of labor saving machinery.  This wee two additional Washington machines and a feed cutter were landed here.


November 24, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Mrs. Frank Mosman has been in Tacoma several days.

A.S. McKenzie trial against the Northern Pacific Railroad Company – lawsuit

The crates of Poland-China hogs arrives here this week by Northern Pacific express, consigned to E. A. Whitney.  Judging from remarks and comments of bystanders they were fine specimens of the breed.

Turkeys are said to be very scarce this year.  Nevertheless Yelm was treated to an old fashioned shooting match today the prices being turkeys, so there will be no dearth of turkey dinners for next Thursday.



December 2, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

A number of Yelm people went to attend a dance in Roy last Wednesday evening.  Among them were Misses Christiansen, McKenzie, Clara McKenzie, Pearl McKenzie, Neo Conine, Warner Betschart, J. W. Melvin, A Card of Sherlock, Geo. McKenzie, Roy McKenzie, C. G. Longmire, and J. W. Sumpter

Miss Trenholme, Miss Van Trump and Mr. Louis Chambers of Seattle arrived on the Northern Pacific train this evening.  . . . . Miss Van Trump will spend tomorrow with her parents and return in the evening.

The people of Yelm were much surprised to learn through the Ledger of the supposed suicide of Jacob Erb, a farmer near this place.  It seems strange that an inquest was thought unnecessary.  The fact that he was found dying with poison beside him is not conclusive evidence that it had been self administered.  And it was believed that he had much as $50 with him and none was found on the body, it seems stranger still.


December 8, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

Mrs. F. J. Mosman spent several days in Tacoma

Miss Conine and J. W. Melvin returned Tuesday from a trip to the Sound cities.

J. W. Melvin and Roy McKenzie are in a bolt camp above Yelm.

James L. Mosman made a business trip to Seattle and Tacoma, returning this evening.  He is now Northern Pacific Express agent.


December 12, 1902 – The Weekly Capital

Independence school district has extended its school term three months with Prof. Seymour I. Stone, the presenter pedagogue as wielder of the birch.

Rainier, in this county, has a paper by Lew Eddy and C. G. Morris.  It will be republican in politics and Methodist in religion.  It has all the elements of success, not omitting the necessary newspaper “nerve.”

Rainier Camp 5619, M. W. A. elected officers Saturday evening . . . V. H. Eddy, escort, manager . . Lew Eddy

Mr. Nathan Morris, an old time Yelm friend was a pleasant and profitable caller Tuesday.

We’re helping Rockefeller build a new church somewhere.  Kerosene has just gone up 20 cents a case.

Sheriff Mills on Saturday sold the mill of John Nordmeyer at Yelm to Jacob Hetrick of that place for the benefit of the Nordmeyer creditors.  Nordmeyer took “French leave” last summer, leaving his mill and lumber to pay his debts.  Not to been partial Sheriff Mills then turned around and levied upon the same property for I. V. Rathbun and others on a labor lien and deputized J. M. Morgan to watch the same until time for another sale.


December 15, 1902 – Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Verville was badly scalded a few days ago.  A physician was called and the little on is out of danger.

Mrs. F. J. Mosman and daughter Anita have gone on a visit to friends in their home at Thorp.

A very pleasant party was given at the home of the Price brothers.

The Nordmeyer mill was sold this evening by Sheriff Miles.  The purchaser was J. Hettrick of this place.

It is reported that Sam Price of Yelm has sold his interest in Price Bros.’ creamery to his brothers and together with Dr. Beach of Roy has purchased the old McNaught hotel at the latter place and will convert it into a sanitarium

Harry Garstang and J. V. Rathbun were in Olympia on business Friday.

Jacob Hettrick, of Yelm, was the purchaser of John Nordmeyer’s mill for which Sheriff Mills went to Yelm to dispose of on execution. Nordmeyer skipped out not long ago without leaving his address, but many debts remained.



December 23, 1902  Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

F. J. Mosman went to Tacoma on business Tuesday

The Anthony Oddity Company performed here on the 17th.  For a small company they are very good.

Miss Cooper has closed her school at Rainier for two weeks, and passed through Yelm on her way home last evening.

The Yelm Library club received a visit today from E. K. Watts, general manager of the Pacific Coast Installment Library company.

Timber cruisers McGuigan and Knowles were in Yelm again this weekend.

Geo. McKenzie left this weekend for Olympia.  Off course all Mr. McKenzie’s Yelm friends were rejoiced at his election, and they hardly realized then that his duties would naturally cause his absence from home.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Price returned Tuesday from a visit to Olympia.

Mrs. Conine and her daughter Neonetta drove to South Tacoma during the week, spending several days there and in Tacoma visiting friends.

Mr. and Mrs. J. L Mosman made a business trip to Tacoma this week, returning Friday.


December 30, 1902 Washington Daily Record  or  Olympia Weekly Record

T. Pollard and his wife were outgoing passengers by the Northern Pacific last Monday.

Miss Coates of Tacoma spent Christmas day with her mother, Mrs. Anna Coates.

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Mosman spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Price

Sam Price and family spent Christmas with the Price Bros.

The Christmas tree last Wednesday was enjoyed by the little folks.  The children did well in their recitations and especial mention should be made of Miss Mary Case.

Lars Christian Christiansen, a young man of about 20, the son of Hans Christiansen, a recently arrived Dane, was drowned Friday morning in the Deschutes river about six miles above Yelm.  He was trying to cross the swollen stream on a foot log formed by a recently felled tree, when suddenly lost his balance, fell into the river and was swept by the swift current under a log and drowned.  His father witnessed the sudden tragedy from the river bank but could render his son no assistance.

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