The View to the West (photo), 1940 August 22, 2010 . Yelm: A Town Takes Root (1872-1940) • World War II – (1941-1945) • 1900-1940 Education in Yelm • 1941-1945 by Yelm History Project . Leave a comment Introduction: This aerial photo from the 1940 annual was taken facing west. Note the flat prairie surface and lack of trees. The site of the school is now occupied by the Yelm Middle School. Schools have been in this location over a century.